Just as keeping your mind occupied is a good way of dealing with bereavement, it can be useful to stick to the daily routine you would be following under normal circumstances. This will help to restore a sense of order and purpose in your life, which is important in the aftermath of loss when you can be left feeling vulnerable and robbed of control over events.
Getting up, going to work, having lunch with colleagues, watching box sets in the evening and going to the gym as usual will not make grief go away altogether. But as you get back into your routine, it will sting a little less and make it easier to cope.
If your brain is in turmoil, you might neglect the everyday needs of your body, which can leave you feeling even worse when coping with grief. Lots of people who are dealing with loss will end up skipping meals, staying up late and struggling to sleep through the night.
The best solution is to make sure that you not only eat regular meals, but also choose foods that are healthy and wholesome. The convenience of fast food might seem attractive, but if you suddenly start assaulting your body with fatty, sugary substances that have little nutritional value, you’ll only create more disruption. Instead eat as healthily as possible; even the process of following a recipe at home can have a calming influence on your psyche, as well as giving your body the sustenance it needs.
When it comes to getting enough sleep, this can be more of a challenge. Following the other tips we’ve mentioned, such as talking about how you feel and seeking support from your friends and family, should ease some of the mental strain you are feeling. In turn this will make it easier to get to sleep.
Most of all you need to listen to what your body is telling you, be mindful about how you eat and take rest when you feel tired. Don’t burn the candle at both ends, or feel guilty about being fatigued by the grieving process.