Life seems impossible following the loss of a loved one or friend. Everything seems so pointless, and the simplest of things leaves you completely drained.
The days following a death are exhausting. Filled with overwhelming emotions like anger, guilt, and unbearable sadness.
You literally feel like your heart will break, and that your head will explode. Your eyes burn from all the tears you have cried, and you spend your time wishing you could turn back time.
Some of the hardest days are those just after a funeral, when life is supposed to go back to ‘normal’. But no matter what anyone say- you can’t believe that life will ever be the same again.
- Take it one hour at a time, one day at a time, if need be one moment at a time. Get enough sleep or at least enough rest.
- Try and maintain some type of a normal routine.
- Remember that regular exercise helps relieve stress and tension. Take your anger out on a punchbag, or go for a walk/jog.
- The last thing you feel like doing is cooking. But snacking on junk food is the worst thing you can do. It is important you drink plenty of water, and eat a balanced diet.
- Avoid using alcohol or drugs to mask the pain. Numbing things out won’t help. It will leave you feeling worse.
- Be with family and friends who can comfort and support you.
- Write down intense feelings. Getting these out of your head will free up some much needed space.
- Remember you do not have to experience this on your own. Use the support services available.