Coping With Loss


If you've recently experienced a major change in your life, you may struggle emotionally. Things like the death of a loved one, a move to a new town or a retirement can all trigger feelings of loss. Loss can be painful and overwhelming. But there are ways to cope with these feelings.

Be honest

First, be honest with people. Don't pretend you're OK when you're not. If you're struggling, let people know so they can help you. Expressing your feelings is an important part of dealing with loss.

Take time to grieve

It's also important to give yourself time to grieve. So slow down. Take time to reflect on your loss and adjust to your new life. Don't dwell on the past. Live in the present and focus on your future. And if you can, try to postpone major life decisions as you work through your feelings. Be patient, because the healing process can take months or even years.

Focus on health

Make sure you don't neglect your health. Eat a nutritious diet, get plenty of sleep and try to exercise every day. Some people who experience loss turn to alcohol or drugs. Be aware that this is unhealthy and dangerous.

Reach out

And finally, reach out when you need help. Talk to friends and family. Find a support group for people like you. If you are depressed or overwhelmed, tell your doctor so you can get the care you need. With time, you'll be able to work through your grief and enjoy life again.