Managing grief and mental health often go hand in hand. It is so important to prioritize mental health while you grieve.
Grief can really throw off your moods. If you are normally bubbly and outgoing you may feel more sullen and withdrawn. If you are serious and focused you may find yourself struggling to concentrate and complete work. Having mood changes while you are experiencing grief can be a very normal part of the process. Even so it is important to pay attention to those changes and learn when things may be changing into a mental health challenge.
It can be a fine line between the “normal” process of grief and it becoming a mental health issue. It is important to prioritize your mental health and as you go through the grief process.
Here are some ways to prioritize mental health while you grieve
Take note of your mood changes.
Are you able to feel your feelings and then bounce back?
Feel your feelings.
Life is busy and there is often so much to do. Many of us are leaders in our jobs or in our families and feel the need to be the strong one. Being strong is great at the right time but it is so important that you allow yourself to feel all your feelings and find an outlet where you can share those with someone.
Check in on what “stage of grief” you are at.
The stages of grief are really more of a guideline of stages you may go through as you experience grief. They may give you a clearer view of what you are going through and what is to come. If you feel you are stuck in place you may find you want to seek additional support.
Don’t give up on your grief.
Grief can be so exhausting. Just when you feel that things are starting to turn a corner that grief will pop up and wash over you again. Remember that it is a process and keep working through it.
Seek out additional support.
If you are wondering if you should see a counselor or therapist, you should. It is so easy to find reasons why not to go see a mental health professional. Seeing a therapist or counselor doesn’t mean you are crazy or mentally ill. Talking to a professional is a great way to prevent things like anxiety and depression from becoming a chronic problem. You can find some additional grief support services here.
Making mental health a priority while you grieve can help prevent long term issues. Feeling down and sad is normal but don’t get stuck there forever. If you are feeling anxious and depressed or struggling with regulating your mood all of these are signs that something is out of balance. Be aware of your feelings, feel your feelings, take the time to prioritize and care for mental health.