Grieving and Healing: How to Move on in a Healthy Way
Grieving is a normal and natural process that we will all experience at some point in our lives – whether it’s from a breakup, loss of a loved one or something else. Though it is universal, the process of grieving is unique to every single person. So how you handle a traumatic situation may differ greatly in comparison to another family member or friend. As a result, there is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding this topic. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are some ways to help aid in the coping process. Read on to learn more about grieving, healing, and how to move on healthily.
Immerse Yourself in Nature
Connecting with the natural environment has been shown to have dramatic effects on our overall health and well being, especially regarding mental health. In fact, doctors in Scotland can now prescribe time in nature for their patients. Taking a stroll through the park, going for a hike, or even sitting on a bench overlooking the water for 20 minutes can reduce blood pressure, tension, anger and stress while increasing serotonin levels which helps make us feel good. So try to carve out some time each day to immerse yourself in a natural setting.
If you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one or have just undergone a divorce, having closure is important to heal and move on in a healthy way, especially when there are kids involved. Trying to eliminate the memory by removing any and every associated item can be a jarring experience. Instead, find a way to get the closure you need for healthy bereavement by keeping some of those memories and traditions alive.
Though the idea of exercising may be the last thing you’d consider during the grieving process, it is another very effective way to get through grief in a healthy manner. Being active – even if it’s a simple walk through your neighbourhood – helps lower your blood pressure, manage emotions. It’s a therapeutic way to channel your emotions and pent up anger or energy.
Allow Yourself To Feel
Above all, don’t feel ashamed of your grief. Many people try to suppress and control their emotions in fear of looking weak. But you should never ignore your feelings. It’s okay to express these emotions. Keeping them pent up can force them to surface in other unhealthy ways.
Talk To A Counsellor
It’s not easy to go through the waves of grief on your own. Coping will differ for everyone, and it’s important to know when it’s time to ask for help. Talking to a specialized counsellor can offer a safe environment, along with the comfort and guidance needed to help you navigate through this difficult time.
Remember, grieving is a natural and normal process that we all must undergo at some point. But you don’t have to experience it alone. Ottawa Counselling can help you cope with the emotions that you’re are feeling. We can offer the support to help you heal and navigate through the ebb and flow of grief, no matter the situation. Get in touch today.