Monday, October 13, 2014

Hypnotherapy, Support, and Expression: 5 Best Ways to Deal with Loss and Grief

Sooner or later, everyone will experience loss in one way or another –  be it the loss of a pet or a loved one. When that happens, it can be difficult to say goodbye, pick up the pieces of your life and move on. Grief is a natural reaction, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. So, how do you deal with the emotional roller coaster you find yourself in? 

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1. Seek professional help. Talking to a grief counsellor or undergoing hypnotherapy Melbourne shouldn't be a last-ditch effort, especially if your grief feels like too much to bear. A professional can help you work through intense emotions. One can also help you take steps to overcome other obstacles.

2. Take care of yourself. Dealing with grief saps your strength physically and mentally. It's important to make sure that you get enough sleep and eat right. This is because lack of sleep can make some feelings seem more intense. You may also get sick if you aren't careful, so you'll feel worse if you're under the weather as well as grieving.

3. Allow yourself to feel. Avoiding certain emotions like anger or sadness will only prolong the healing process, and they'll be stronger when you do face them. Suppressing your feelings or ignoring how you feel can lead to complications like anxiety or other mental health issues.

4. Express yourself. Just as you'll want to face your feelings, you'll want to actually show it in some way, as a form of release. Maybe you can write a letter with all the things you wanted to say to your loved one, or make a scrapbook that you can share with your family.

5. Seek out support, and give it. You may each have different ways of showing grief. Whether you're a stoic or the one who breaks into tears, isolating yourself will make things worse. You deserve to lean on, say, your siblings as much as they deserve your help in working through their emotions.

Again, grief is a natural reaction to loss. If you need help, don't hesitate to ask -- whether through a support group or through hypnotherapy courses Melbourne. You can't tell yourself how to feel and when, nor can you do the same to someone else. So accept the emotions as they come, and give yourself time. Ultimately, you'll heal.