Grief is a natural response to how we deal with the loss of a loved one. Sadness is a reflection of the love we have for our dearly departed. Not only is it difficult to lose a cherished person, it can also be frustrating and confusing at times. When the dark winter comes, healing from grief seems all the more challenging.
There is hope in the healing process. There are various ways to cope with grief during the long winter months. Here are five ways to help you begin to deal with grief.
5 Ways to Deal with Grief During Winter
Take It Easy On Yourself
Take the time you need to grieve. Prioritize your health. It can be easy to forget about your physical and emotional wellness. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy meals, and spend time being active. Proper sleep and proper nutrition keeps you feeling your best.
Mourning is difficult and tiring, but you don’t have to do it alone. Talk to your family, friends, and acquaintances. When you invest time into loved ones, you invest into your happiness. Be open and honest about your thoughts and feelings. Allow those you trust to help you during this time.
Enjoy Your Hobbies
Hobbies are great to keep you focused in the moment. They are some of life’s healthy distractions.
Some hobbies to try for the winter months:
- Cook your favorite meal
- Play a board game
- Find a fun puzzle
- Read a new book
- Enjoy a light walk
- Create a scrapbook
- Make some homemade soap or candles
- Go bowling
- Watch a movie with family and friends
- Create some art
- Create a poem in memory of your loved one
- Move around, stay active
It is important to get plenty of adequate rest. Sleep will help you relax your body and rest your mind. Make the most of the time you are awake. Activities are the perfect way to help you process emotions.
Join A Support Group
You are not alone. There are grief groups focused on helping you. There are a wide range of grief groups made for young children, adults, spiritual grief, military families, and more. Find online or local groups that work with you.
Remember Your Loved One
You will likely come across reminders of the person you lost. These reminders will come in waves. Consider visiting places you loved to visit with your loved one, light a candle to honor them, plan an event to remember them, and create new traditions.
When Will The Grieving Get Better?
There is no right amount of time to grieve for loved ones. When you lose someone close to you, you change a little bit. You are allowed to change, adapt, and cope with your new situation. A great way to cope with loss is to try and find meaning from the loss and enjoy the relationship and bond you had.
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“Grief never ends, but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith, but the price of love,” author unknown.