No matter what the specific mental health issue is, the feelings of grief and loss are universal in the sense that it affects the body and mind very strongly. Without proper handling, it can be difficult to move forward. It goes without saying that without becoming able to move forward life begins to come to a halt. After losing a loved one, it can be difficult for anyone to go back to their normal lives; professional and personal relationships soon suffer afterward. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there’s a few tips to keep in mind during this stressful, emotional time to make sure things move along smoothly.
First, it is important to keep in mind that these things take time. The warm, genuine feelings you had to the dearly departed did not start instantly, but were built over time. It makes sense that coping with that loss would also take time and not become an overnight process. There’s no sense in trying to force the process along to be faster. No guide can possibly state a standard “coping time”, since this process will undoubtedly vary from person to person. The key here is to stop and let yourself truly grieve and show emotion during this rough period of your life. By bottling up the emotion or rushing through the process, you will set yourself up for a regression instead of moving forward towards a healthier frame of mind.
Next, just as it is important to be able to handle things in time, the way you handle them is also important. If you are a person with a solid set of friends, this is a perfect time to lean on their strength to get you through the hard moments. If talking out loud about your grief and pain is too much at this stage, you may find it easier to discuss these matters with pen and paper. Even if you don’t have a lot of friends, it may help just to write the thoughts you’re feeling out. One trick that many people turn to after losing a loved one is simply to write letters about what they’re going through and seal them. They can then throw them away or save them – whichever fits their personality best.
Finally, the last step to coping with grief while handling mental health issues is to simply never give up hope. While this is a very stormy time of life, the good news is that over time, those sharp feelings of grief and pain will fade and give way to a future that is brighter than the past you walked through to get there.
Losing a loved one is never easy, and coping with a mental health illness after the loss of a loved one is even tougher. However, the important takeaway here is to live for each and every moment in time, and to allow yourself to heal at your own pace instead of trying to live up to an impossible standard. You have the power to grow and change, and you deserve all the space in the world to do so! With these tips, you will have everything you need to take care of yourself.