Developing a healthy self-care practice is an essential part of active grieving. Self-care in all its forms - physical, spiritual, intellectual and psychological - is at the very heart of purposeful grieving. As you're committed to growing through this experience of loss - of becoming more than you were before the passing of your loved one, not less - I offer you these self-care tips and ideas:

  • Surround yourself with things that help you feel peaceful.
  • Do things at your own pace.
  • Give yourself permission to let grief come and go.
  • Find comfort with those who have experienced loss.
  • Do what feels comfortable and connects you to the people and things you love.
  • Try to exercise, take walks, visit family or friends.
  • Get involved in a cause that means something to you.
  • Give yourself something to look forward to. This may help you to re-engage more fully with your life.
  • Make sure you are taking care of business and paying your bills. If you are unable to do so, ask for help.
  • Enjoy small pleasures. The more we experience pleasure and comfort, the more we are able to regain our pleasure in life itself.

For today, pick a tip from this list and put it into action. 

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