Take Care of Yourself
Above all, you must remember to take care of yourself, even when in the deepest throes of grief.
This means continuing to eat well. Ask supporters to bring you meals, if you’re having trouble mustering the motivation to prepare food. Instead of relying on fast food, eat vegetables, plenty of lean protein, and whole grains, and drink lots of water. Believe it or not, your diet can have a huge effect on how you process emotion.
Stay active, if you can—even a single, 30-minute walk a day can go far in keeping you healthy as you grieve.
And perhaps most importantly of all, get plenty of sleep. That’s going to be tough, at first, as you lie awake thinking of what has happened, but do your best to adhere to a regular sleep schedule. Even if you can’t immediately fall asleep, try to get in bed at the same time each day so that your internal clock doesn’t get confused.
Finally, seek professional help. Your friends and family may not be enough, and although a counselor might be a stranger to you, they can give you the tools you need to make it through your pain. Turning to a mental health professional is not weakness—it’s wisdom.
Taking care of yourself while in emotional pain is a challenge, but it is vital that you do so—it will make all the difference in how quickly and how completely you’re able to get back on your feet.