Today, we welcome a guest blogger, Camille Johnson. With everything going on in the central Texas area with recent severe storms, to worldwide struggles, this is a timely message.
Grief is the emotional pain and suffering that follows a loss. It’s not easy to deal with, but it’s important to remember that grief is a natural part of life. There are many reasons why people grieve, including death, divorce, unemployment, physical illness or injury, the loss of a pet or loved one’s place in your life.
While these hurt, there are things you can do to help you cope with the pain. When you set healthy goals following a traumatic event, you can find comfort and peace. Here, Senior Access shares some small steps you can take on the path of recovery.
How to Set Goals
The first step in setting goals is establishing what you hope to achieve and why. Once you establish your desired outcome, it’s easier to break it down into smaller pieces. For example, if you want to lose weight, your goal could be to drink more water or eat more vegetables.
It’s the simple things that often yield the most obvious outcomes. Eating healthy is a great way to boost your mood and feel better about yourself.
Goal setting is a good way to help you stay focused and motivated. Write your goals down and reassess them periodically. If a goal becomes too difficult or unhealthy for your present state, be flexible and change it.
Another important aspect of goal setting is understanding that some days will be better than others. You have the freedom to adjust your goal accordingly on a day-to-day basis without feeling that you’ve failed yourself.
Moreover, it’s also important not to set too many goals at once because this can lead to you feeling overwhelmed, which can lead to giving up altogether on some or all of your goals. Instead of focusing on 10 goals at once, focus on 1 or 2 objectives at a time.
Tips for Healthy Living during Mourning
If you’re grieving, you may find it difficult to put your best foot forward. Many people who are mourning feel a sense of isolation as if they are all alone in their pain. But don’t let your grief overtake your life. Here are some tips for living healthier while mourning:
Let more light into your home
Spend time with loved ones
Listening to uplifting music
Spend more time outside
Get plenty of sleep
Write in a journal
Adopt a pet
If nothing else, make it a goal to do something you enjoy each day. This will give you something to look forward to while also providing you with an outlet for your emotions.
It’s important to point out that you should avoid isolation as much as possible when grieving. While it might feel natural to stay shut off from the outside world when you’re mourning or feeling blue, doing so can actually make things much worse.
There are many things that can be done to avoid isolation. One of the most important is making sure you maintain contact with friends, family, or coworkers. This can be difficult to do if you’re working from home. So if you currently do work from home, be sure to get plenty of interaction with people.
Find time each day to check in with someone you can talk to, even if it’s just a quick text message or phone call. You could also schedule time to see people every day and make an effort to leave your house. If you’re not working from home, try to keep weekends free for friends, family, and leisure activities.