What is Grief?
Grief is caused by a sense of loss. This can be due to the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship or any other kind of life-altering event such as job loss or moving home. It’s important to remember that grief isn’t just caused by death; it can also be triggered by change, trauma, or difficult life experiences. Everyone’s experience of grief is different but it can be helpful to understand the stages of grief so you know what to expect and how to cope during this time.
Complicated grief which is a form of grief that is so extensive and powerful that one may feel that there is no end. This form of grief affects about 10% – 20% of people who are going through a time of grief.
What Is The Most Common Response To Grief
Many people respond to grief with sadness and intense feelings of sorrow. This is typically the most common response, but grief can also manifest itself in other ways such as anger or guilt. People may experience difficulty sleeping, eating, and concentrating due to the overwhelming emotions they are facing. It is important to remember to pay attention to your feelings and avoid being destructive.
How Does Grief Affect Mental Health
Grief can have a significant effect on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Studies have shown that people who experience grief for any reason tend to be at greater risk for developing depression, anxiety, substance abuse issues, and other psychological disorders. For those who suffer from depression due to extensive grieving, are among the 40% of grievers who meet the criteria. Chronic stress due to unresolved grief can also affect physical health by compromising the immune system and increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
It’s important to remember that there is no ‘right way’ to grieve and it can take time for your emotions to settle. It’s also important to find healthy ways to cope with grief, such as expressing your feelings in a journal, reaching out for support, or trying different forms of meditation or even psychotherapy.
Symptoms Of Chronic Grief
Symptoms of chronic grief can include:
- difficulty sleeping
- difficulty concentrating
- physical aches and pains
- feelings of guilt or shame
- isolation from friends or family
- changes in appetite
If these symptoms are left unresolved they can lead to further mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
It’s important to remember that experiencing grief is a normal part of life and it can take time for your emotions to settle. Seeking help from friends, family members, or professionals can be beneficial in helping you process your feelings and move forward. Additionally, finding healthy ways to cope with grief such as practicing mindfulness activities or talking to a therapist, can help.
Healthy Ways To Cope With Grief
Finding healthy ways to cope with grief is essential for managing your emotions and healing. It’s important to talk to a friend, family member, or professional if you need it – seek counseling, join a support group, or try mindfulness-based activities such as yoga and meditation. Even small steps like taking walks or spending time in nature can help to reduce stress levels and give you a sense of peace. Additionally, expressing your feelings in a journal or writing letters to the person you lost can be helpful in processing grief.
Grief is difficult to cope with and it’s normal for emotions to fluctuate. Finding healthy ways to cope with grief can be beneficial in helping you to process your emotions and move forward. Remember that everyone experiences grief differently and there is no ‘right way’ to cope – it’s important to find what works best for you.
If you are struggling with grief and believe it may be affecting your mental health, contact AE Psychotherapy.