When most people think of therapy, they think of a big couch, ink blots and an expensive hourly rate. Just because the thought of traditional therapy with a psychologist doesn’t sit well with you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t undergo some type of therapy treatment to help with the healing process. Everyone should have that one activity that has a therapeutic effect on them. Find your therapeutic activity and let it help you through your grieving process. If you’re not sure what that activity is yet, try out a few techniques and see what works for you.
Have you ever had one of those terrible days where nothing went your way, but then you hit the gym and came out with a whole new perspective on the day? The power of exercise and the effect it has on our body and mind is so amazing! Exercise actually helps our bodies to release hormones called endorphins, that naturally lift our spirits and enhance our mood.
If you’re having one of those days where you’re angry at the world, go for a high intensity workout like kick boxing or running so you can take your aggression out on your workout. For those days when you’re just feeling reflective or melancholy, opt for something more relaxing like a walk in the park or a leisurely bike ride.
If the idea of sharing your most personal secrets with a total stranger is not your idea of comfort, then journaling is a great alternative. It allows you to get your thoughts out without the pressure of telling someone something you don’t feel like sharing. Set aside time every day, even if it’s just 15 minutes, to write down your thoughts, feelings and frustrations. Sometimes getting something off your chest, even if no one else knows about it, is just what you need to feel better.
Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” Your thoughts dictate your mood and your actions, but you are in control of your thoughts. Use affirmations to steer your thoughts into the direction you want to go. Here are a few positive affirmations to help you cope with your grief:
- Grief has heightened my gratitude as I cease taking the gifts life bestows on me for granted.
- Grief has given me the wisdom of being with death.
- Grief has helped me to re-prioritize things in my life, and to recognize what’s really important and put it first.
- I choose to fill my life with peace and hope.
- I know I am loved and supported by my family and friends.
Meditation is a great way to be at peace with your thoughts and release any anxiety that has built up throughout the day. Find a quiet place either in your house or outside and spend some time being introspective and contemplative. Yoga is another powerful form of meditation, which doubles as exercise as well.
It doesn’t matter what form your choice method of therapy takes on, as long as it leaves you feeling refreshed and takes you to a better place than where you were when you started. Find your favorite method of therapy and make time for it every day as you make your way through grief.
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