Grief can sometimes be overwhelming

Grief is a sadness that puts you in a state of mind that makes you feel you are in a different world. Grieving comes as the loss of a loved one to death, divorce as well as a number of other factors.

There have been a lot of COVID-19 cases that have brought about unexpected deaths, especially to the younger generation the last two years. These deaths have brought about a lot of grieving.

I have lost both my parents and my in-laws to death in years past. It’s difficult to handle when it hits you all of a sudden that you will not see them again in this world. Life must go on, but some people have the problem of coming to grips with this fact.

No one person grieves the same way. Sometimes it is too overwhelming… slowly taking hold of other aspects of a life (including our mental and physical health).

There are healthy ways to that you can manage and understand your grieving process while ensuring that you are prioritizing your overall well being.

Dr. Teralyn Sell, psychotherapist and brain health expert, tells how the grieving process can impact our mental health and how you can better manage it.Here are the top tips that Dr. Sell recommends to better equip ourselves and our loved ones for the grieving process and the toll that it can take: Tip #1: There is no right or wrong way to grieve: Though we talk about the stages of grief as being linear, it is not. You can go through the stages and bounce around a little bit. That is ok. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. So let go of any grief-related expectations and allow yourself to grieve how you want, when you want. Tip #2: Take care of your physical health needs: When we get lost in our emotions, we often forget to do some very basic things like eating and sleeping. It is important to remind yourself to do those basic things as a way to fight off chronic stress. Additionally, blood sugar dysregulation will create an emotional roller coaster or exemplify the one you are already on. Tip #3: Be emotional support rather than a fixer: If your loved one is grieving, being an emotional support to them is key. Understanding that we cannot fix their grief is important, it relieves us of the idea that we need to do something. Instead, be an open door for them and listen to them emotionally without the need to fix it. Tip #4: Seek mental health treatment:If your grief is traumatic, or if you feel like you just can’t move through it after a period of time, go ahead and seek mental health treatment. You can see an individual therapist, go to a grief support group or even engage in trauma treatment. It is important to note that going to treatment will not take away memories of your loved one. Instead, it might help you move more toward understanding and acceptance

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