Monthly Archives: May 2013
A few weeks ago, I lost my 27 year old brother tragically, and I am going through a process that has been one of the hardest challenges I have had to face. I consider myself fairly strong physically, but I have never had to dig deep to find the strength I need emotionally to get through a pain I have never endured like this before. What I have learned is having a routine has been huge for me. You don’t realize how much you crave it, until you really need it. And the huge emotional benefits working out has – not only for the body – but for your emotional health, when feeling down and not wanting to much of anything. I found this article that I wanted to share for anyone else going through the grief process.
Grief is a necessary but unpleasant part of life, and grief is at its worst when you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one. There’s no right or wrong, normal or abnormal way to grieve, as everyone experiences different emotions and deals with them in a different way. It’s important to accept grief and learn how you can best handle the loss of a loved one. Once you’ve properly grieved and acknowledged your feelings, you can move on with your life—while never forgetting your loved one or how much she meant to you.
Understand the stages of grief. After the death of a loved one, you’re likely to experience many different emotions. At first, you may be in denial about your loss, followed by anger. You may find yourself bargaining and trying to make a deal to bring your loved one back, even if you know that’s not realistic. Depression is also common following the death of a loved one. Finally, once you’ve been able to deal with all of your emotions, you’ll learn to accept your loss and your grief, and finally start to feel better. Know that you may experience only some of these emotions—and that’s normal too.
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Seek solace from family and friends. You’ll need to rely on your other loved ones now more than ever. You can share in your grief and sadness, and rejoice in your memories. Talk about your anger, frustration, fear, sadness and loneliness. Just talking about it and saying it out loud can help you deal with your loss—and, you will benefit from the support and advice of family and friends.
Turn to religion. If you’re a religious person, you may find comfort in your religious beliefs during this difficult time. Pray, meditate, attend services or talk to the spiritual leaders you trust. They may be able to help guide you through your grief and accept the death of your loved one.
Find outside support. A support group for people who have lost loved ones can be a helpful resource. You can talk to others who understand what you’re going through, and help each other deal with your grief. You may also want to consider seeing a therapist to help you navigate the grieving process.
Write about your feelings. Writing in a journal can be therapeutic, so start jotting down whatever is on your mind. Maybe you’re thinking about things you’re not comfortable sharing—a journal can help release pent-up grief and stress.
Stay healthy. When you’re grieving, it’s easy to neglect your own health. Remember to eat and maintain a healthy diet. Try getting some exercise—it will also help you improve your emotional health. And, make sure you allow yourself a healthy amount of sleep each night.
I’ve been inspired by one of our own fitness family members who did something similar and so I would like to share an idea to hopefully inspire you as well!
For May – choose 3 goals you would like to work towards:
1) Family & Friends – something you would like to do to nuture these relationships.
2) Fitness Goals – a goal you can work towards or perhaps even achieve in 30 days
3) Your Bucket List – Write one if you haven’t. And/or pick something from it that you have 30 days to do or plan for.
That is all