Coping with grief anxiety is one of the things most people have to deal with when suffering a loss. Grief is on the top of the list of life's stresses. Loss of a loved one is the most stressful event we can experience in our lives, so it's not surprising that we often suffer anxiety symptoms during the grieving process.
Stress can make us feel unwell, stop us sleeping and put a lot of strain on our bodies. These tips for relaxation may help you to cope during this most challenging of times in your life.
In the book 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway', Susan Jeffers describes how, if we really face our fears and feel them they become less frightening and much easier to overcome. The same is true of grief and anxiety. If we bury our emotions, or deny them, they are only likely to cause problems later on. (See our page on Denial of Grief). They will resurface or be expressed in other ways, such as illness, anger or violence.
In these days of busy lives and stress, TVs, computers and constant activity, it's so easy to block out our emotions, ignore them, refuse to feel them. Many might shut them out with alcohol or drugs.
But if we make time to feel our feelings, express them, work through them, they will become less intense and much more manageable. Then we can move on and find happiness and love again.
I have been amazed a couple of times when I have done yoga or meditation how feelings that I thought I had dealt with have bubbled to the surface and I have found myself sobbing. But it was a very healing experience and yoga teachers report that it is quite common for emotions to come to the surface during practice.
So how can we get in touch with our emotions? Giving ourselves time to relax is a very good way to start and will help to prevent anxiety attacks in the future.
There are many different ways of relaxing. Some will be able to relax just by doing something they love. Maybe going for a long walk, or getting absorbed in a book or hobby. Something like a jigsaw or a crossword might suit some people. Others will need to do specific relaxation techniques in order to switch off and relax.
You will find lots more tips for relaxation which will help you coping with grief anxiety in the following pages:
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