Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ways to cope up with great loss

Dr Abe V Rotor
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
DZRB 738 KHz 8 to 9 evening, Monday to Friday

 At one time or another, we face the harsh reality following the loss of a loved one, or something very important, such as job, property, elective position, court case. Here are some ways to overcome deep feelings arising from such great loss.

Pieta by Michelangelo: Mary and her dead son Jesus, the deepest grief and pain of a mother. 
  1. Turn to friends and family members
  2. Plan ahead for grief “triggers.”
  3. Get enough sleep or at least enough rest.
  4. Try and maintain some type of a normal routine.
  5. Remember that regular exercise helps relieve stress and tension.
  6. Eat a balanced diet. Limit high calorie and junk food. Drink plenty of water.
  7. Avoid using alcohol, medications or other drugs in excess or to mask the pain.
  8. Do those things and be with those people who comfort, sustain and recharge you.
  9. Find creative ways-journal, paint, photograph, build, woodwork, quilt, knit, collage or draw-to express intense feelings.
  10. Remember coping skills you have used to survive past losses. Draw upon these inner strengths again.
  11. Draw comfort from your faith
  12. Join a support group
  13. Talk to a therapist or grief counselor
  14. Be kind to others.
  15. Perform random acts of kindness.
  16. Volunteer your services or skills. Offer your assistance to someone in need.
  17. Express your feelings in a tangible or creative way
  18. Talk to others, especially those who have lived through and survived similar experiences.
  19. Create a Memorial or a Foundation
  20. Plant a tree or flowers in a garden in memory of the person.
  21. Donate--money, time, food, clothing or other needed items.
  22. Donate to a charity, homeless shelter, home for abused women.
  23. Donate blood at your local blood center.
  24. Write sympathy and condolence notes, letters of encouragement and support to those affected by the loss.
  25. Remember to tell your loved ones, friends and family how much you care about them often.
Please add on to the list and share with other followers and viewers.

Reference: Healthy Living, HelpGuide Org, Internet

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