Experiencing grief can sometimes be all-consuming, creating fear of an unknown future or a future without a loved one or a thing you’ve lost.
These changes can create a variety of issues in your life. What we do know is that experiencing grief and loss in our life is unavoidable.
Physiological changes can emerge and disturb your equilibrium and sense of self.
You may experience an extra pounding of your heart, queasiness, throbbing headaches or other symptoms that are disturbing to both mind and body. You may want to push away these changes because they feel uncomfortable; however, withdrawing from them can only temporarily help us cope. Eventually, we need to talk about the thoughts and feelings associated with the loss we are experiencing.
How do we find the resources needed to cope with grief and loss?
You need help slowing down and observing what your thoughts and emotions are. Learning how to carefully become aware might also prove very significant at this moment. What is the loss, and the connection our thoughts and feelings have to the past, present and future?
The goal is to recover the space and also the time you need to allow the grief and loss process to occur. It is natural and requires the time and the skills to process it.
What does this mean?
You want a sense of calm as well as engagement with your daily life, yet not be too overwhelmed by it.
When you feel burdened and paralyzed by overwhelming emotions that take over, then it's time for professional therapeutic help from someone who understands emotionally healthier ways of managing the stress of grief and loss.
If you are having issues with grief and loss, consider discussing them with Clinical Consultation & Counselling.