Did you recently lose a loved one?
If so, you’re probably wondering what you can do to move past your grief and get on with your life. While your grief will probably always be with you in some way, there are things you can do to heal.
One of the best things you can do to heal after losing a loved one is to take care of your spiritual health.
How do you do this?
Check out this guide to discover how to care for your spiritual health after losing a loved one.
1. Try Meditation
No matter what religion you practice or what your belief system is, meditation can help you improve your spiritual health.
Meditation is a great way to connect with your inner self as well as discover your innate inner strengths and weaknesses. While monks and other spiritual leaders practice meditation in hopes of achieving enlightenment, the average person practices meditation in hopes of achieving inner peace and tranquility.
And, studies show that it actually works. In fact, studies show that regular meditation can help combat depression and anxiety, which are common symptoms experienced by those who are grieving.
2. Stay In Tune With Your Feelings
When you’re overcome with grief and sadness, your instinct may be to run away from these negative emotions. Or, you may find yourself turning to something that comforts you to numb the pain, such as internet shopping, junk food, or a few glasses of wine.
Instead of attempting to numb and push away the pain, we recommend bringing awareness to it and trying to stay present in whatever it is you’re noticing. By staying in tune with your emotions, it’ll be easier for you to stay in tune with your spiritual health.
3. Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
Our spiritual health, emotional health, and physical health are all interconnected. If you take care of your physical health, then your spiritual and emotional health will naturally follow suit.
Make it a habit to exercise daily, eat nutritious, whole foods, and stick to a regular sleep schedule. Pretty soon, you’ll notice that your healthy body is also leading to a healthier mind and spirit.
4. Connect With Others
Caring for your spiritual health isn’t something you should go at alone. In order to heal from your grief, you need to make time to connect with others.
For some people, this may mean spending more time with those who were also close to the deceased. For others, this may mean joining a support group where you can bond with individuals who are experiencing a similar loss.
5. Understand the Grief Process
Almost everyone has heard of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
But, what many people don’t understand is that the grieving process doesn’t happen on one straight line where you begin with denial and end with acceptance.
Grief is messy, and you’ll likely find yourself zig-zagging back and forth between these various stages. You may even find that you experience some stages very intensely, while you don’t experience others at all.
By coming to terms with the fluidity of the grieving process, you’ll be able to improve your spiritual health.
Are You Ready to Care for Your Spiritual Health?
Now that you know how to care for your spiritual health, it’s time to put these tips into action.
Also, if you’re just beginning to plan services for your deceased loved one, be sure to check out this guide.