How to Deal With Grief
Grief is a deep and painful emotion that we will all, unfortunately, have to cope with at some point in our lives. Some people believe that grief comes in stages, but we know through The Mentally STRONG Method that we all experience and cope with grief in different ways.
Over time, we may find it easier to cope with, but the pain associated may never dissipate completely.
What is Grief?
Grief is an intense emotion that can also be associated with other difficult emotions like sadness, anger, guilt, anxiety, fatigue, numbness, or even shame. It is an emotion that can make us feel sick to our stomachs and have a horrible feeling that the intense emotion will never go away.
Many of us have heard of grief only as it relates to the loss of a loved one. However, many experiences may cause us to grieve in some way. Grief can be experienced from any loss we feel and is not limited to a specific type.
Examples of Grief Include:
- The loss of a loved one
- The loss of a relationship
- Moving to a new place
- The loss of safety due to a trauma
- Financial Loss
- Loss of our health
How can we recover from Grief?
Grief is a complicated emotion and the road to recovery is not a straight and easy path. While many guides or steps of grief may exist, the healing process for grief is as nuanced and complex as each of us are. There is, unfortunately, no 5-step roadmap to how we will experience grief. Through The Mentally STRONG Method, there are two important steps in the grieving process: allowing ourselves to feel the pain of grief and acknowledging other emotions.
Feeling the Pain of Grief
To recover from grief, we must allow ourselves to feel the pain. Now, we live in a culture that doesn’t want to acknowledge deep emotions, so it may be quite difficult, but regardless of what you are grieving, the only way through it is to feel your emotions. At first, it may feel uncomfortable, but acknowledging the grief will eventually become less distressing and more manageable.
Acknowledging Other Emotions
When experiencing grief, other emotions impact us. These secondary emotions are When experiencing grief, other emotions impact us. These secondary emotions are equally important to acknowledge and challenge. For example, a secondary emotion of grief is often guilt. Guilt is oftentimes misplaced and should be challenged through The Mentally STRONG Method.
How can The Mentally STRONG Method Help us?
Through The Mentally STRONG Method, we can learn how to safely express our feelings of grief. Mentally STRONG is a place where we can all seek professional help, find support and learn to engage in healing as we are grieving.
Register for The Mentally STRONG Method as your first step towards dealing with your feelings of grief.