AY About You wants to help our readers take care of themselves, stay refreshed and less stressed with our new weekly feature Wellness Wednesday. Each Wednesday, we will have an article about health and wellness to promote all around well-being. That means physically, mentally and emotionally!
The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic recession have caused many challenges for Americans. According to a recent article from The Washington Post, the pandemic has pushed the nation to the verge of a mental health crisis.
Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, points out that grief is often associated with death, but there are many other things in life that can cause a sense of grief and loss.
As part of this week’s Wellness Wednesday, English tells us about causes of grief, signs that you’re grieving, and how to work your way through loss.
English identifies some causes of grief and loss, such as job loss, being isolated from loved ones and fear of the future.
There are several signs that you might be experiencing grief, English says. Some of these signs include having trouble focusing on mental tasks, sleeping more or less than normal, eating more or less than normal, experiencing headaches, experiencing an upset stomach, irritability, re-experiencing grief, and engaging in activities to distract yourself, such as online shopping, eating and drinking.
But not all is lost. “We as people are very resilient,” English says. Fortunately, English gives us some advice on how to work through our grief.
- Think about how you’ve worked through grief before
English encourages people who are working through grief to revisit ways in which they’ve dealt with grief before. This requires realizing that what you’re going through is hard, but you’ve been through difficult times before. Think about what you did before.
- Name and claim your grief
We tend to forget the things that are bothering us instead of spending time addressing what we’re struggling with, English says. Writing down or verbalizing the things that are bothering you help you to acknowledge those things that are causing you grief, and allow you to work your way through it.
- Give yourself time
“Everyone grieves at a different pace,” English says. Additionally, everyone has a different way of grieving, and a different grieving process. This process is unique to you, and you have to give yourself time.
- Reach out to a professional
Sometimes, it’s hard to work through things by yourself, or without the help of a professional. English advises that if you’re struggling to work through your grief, that there is nothing wrong in seeking the help of a counselor or therapist.