The holidays can certainly be a time of year when you are missing your loved ones the most. When grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays may be an overwhelmingly difficult time of year for you. For some, the holidays trigger emotions of sadness, depression and loneliness making it a struggle to even feel festive. Although you may crave the physical embrace of your loved ones in spirit, here are a few tips to help you manage grief and bring a sense of peace and love knowing that your loved one is with you.
FIVE ways to manage GRIEF at the Holidays.
1. Focus on the memories of a loved one. If you find yourself fixating on their passing, shift your thoughts to happy memories. What are your funniest stories? What is your favorite holiday memory? Telling your stories to others not only gives you an opportunity to reminisce but it allows you to share your loved one.
2. Display a momento of your loved one. Perhaps hanging it on the tree or on a mantle for all to see. Sharing your loved one reminds you that they will always be here with you.
3. Donate your time. Giving to others helps to find a sense of purpose. By doing it in honor of a loved one, they are still impacting the lives of those around them in a beautiful & positive way.
4. Invite friends and family over. Surrounding yourself with those who care about you will show you that you do have a support network that you can rely upon and it’s times like these that you need them the most.
5. Talk to them! Your loved ones in spirit can hear you. Sit and have a conversation with them. Let them know that you love them and are open to any signs they want to share with you. You may be surprised at what you receive.
The holidays can feel especially difficult, but when you celebrate, you raise the vibration which makes it easier for spirit to connect with you. Ways to raise the vibration include the aforementioned tips as well as decorating, playing music or baking your loved ones favorite holiday treats. Most importantly, trust that your loved one is right by your side this holiday.
If you feel you need additional support, please seek professional help. You do not need to do this alone.
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