Better Ways to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

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Better Ways to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

 

The holidays can be an extremely difficult time for those who are grieving, or for those who have lost loved ones in the past the holidays can drudge up the grief they have already addressed. While it is human to grieve and to miss ones that you have lost, grief can actually stand in your way if you don’t know how to properly cope with it.  Here is a quick list of ways to help cope with grief this holiday season:

 

ALLOW YOURSELF TO FEEL. If you’re feeling emotions that are unpleasant allow yourself to feel them and allow them to leave. Don’t dwell on the fact that you had a bad night, week, or even a breakdown. Allow yourself to feel the anger or sadness and then let it go. Try journaling, a phone call or a coffee date with a friend to share how you are feeling. Allowing yourself to feel the emotions and sharing them will help you get past it.

 

TAKE TIME TO REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONE. Giving yourself some time to do something to remember the person you lost can help you deal with grief before it becomes overwhelming. Maybe you and your loved one always made holiday cookies together, continue the tradition with someone special, or on your own as a way to connect with them.

 

CREATE NEW HOLIDAY MEMORIES. Make sure to do fun things with people that you have in your life now and to spend time with them at the holidays. Creating new memories and traditions can help you work on dealing with the grief and continuing on with your life.  While it is important to remember and honor your lost loved one’s memory, it is also important to continue to build a life of your own.

 

REACH OUT FOR HELP.  If you are already dealing with grief, and struggling with it, the holidays can amplify the situation. Reaching out to a trained professional ahead of time can help keep your emotions in check and help you better deal with what you are going through. A therapist can help you identify where you are at in the grieving process and help you to cope with your grief in a healthy way.

 

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