Taking Care of Yourself While Grieving<br />
Grief Demands That YouTake Care of Yourself<br />
Most of us are not very good at         taking care of ourselves<br />We are often overcome by demands, expectations and s...
How much time do you spend each day taking care of yourself?<br />Do you allow time to promote a sense of calm, healing an...
It takes time to integrate the death of someone we loved into our heart & soul<br />Not simply time to feel sorry for your...
<ul><li>Physical
Emotional
Cognitive
Social
Spiritual</li></ul>Recognizing Your Reactions to Stress<br />
Taking Care of Your Physical Self<br />Do what you enjoy most!<br />Be deliberate about what you eat: eat fresh fruits & v...
Taking Care of Your Emotional Self<br />Write or draw a journal of your feelings<br />Give yourself the gift of touch – ac...
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Taking Care Of Yourself While Grieving

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The consequences of not taking care of ourselves in grief can be devastating. Over time, our bodies and our spirits may have difficulty coping with the ongoing stress that grieving often brings. Grievers need to learn how to take care of and nurture themselves so that the grieving process can become a time of healing and growth.

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Taking Care Of Yourself While Grieving

  1. 1. Taking Care of Yourself While Grieving<br />
  2. 2. Grief Demands That YouTake Care of Yourself<br />
  3. 3. Most of us are not very good at taking care of ourselves<br />We are often overcome by demands, expectations and stress.<br />We need to simplify our life . . . <br />So that we can acknowledge our loss<br />Make Space for Your Grief<br />
  4. 4. How much time do you spend each day taking care of yourself?<br />Do you allow time to promote a sense of calm, healing and growth?<br />Time to Take Care of Yourself<br />
  5. 5. It takes time to integrate the death of someone we loved into our heart & soul<br />Not simply time to feel sorry for yourself<br />Not becoming selfish or self-indulgent<br />Creating Conditions That Help<br />
  6. 6. <ul><li>Physical
  7. 7. Emotional
  8. 8. Cognitive
  9. 9. Social
  10. 10. Spiritual</li></ul>Recognizing Your Reactions to Stress<br />
  11. 11. Taking Care of Your Physical Self<br />Do what you enjoy most!<br />Be deliberate about what you eat: eat fresh fruits & vegetables and drink plenty of water<br />Allow time for regular exercise<br />Set aside 30 minutes every day for rest and relaxation<br />Avoid alcohol & sugar<br />
  12. 12. Taking Care of Your Emotional Self<br />Write or draw a journal of your feelings<br />Give yourself the gift of touch – accept hugs!<br />Slow down – let your life become easier and more enjoyable<br />Listen to music<br />Do something you enjoy every day!<br />
  13. 13. Taking Care of Your Cognitive Self<br />Do one thing at a time.<br />Don’t be surprised by short-term memory problems or confusion<br />Avoid making any major changes or decisions for the first year<br />Set small, daily goals that you know you can accomplish<br />Take notes – Don’t rely on your memory<br />
  14. 14. Taking Care of Your Social Self<br />It’s natural to feel disconnected<br />Be careful not to withdraw into your own small world<br />Allow yourself to be supported and nourished by others<br />Reach out to others who are grieving.<br />
  15. 15. Taking Care of Your Spiritual Self<br />Give yourself time<br />It is not uncommon while grieving to wrestle with difficult and often unanswerable questions that challenge your spiritual beliefs<br />It takes courage to struggle with doubts, fears and anger<br />Find someone who will understand and accept your struggle unconditionally<br />
  16. 16. Make a commitment to care for yourself!<br />By taking care of yourself you will allow the grieving process to become a time<br />of healing and growth.<br />

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