Grieving and Self-Care during COVID-19

Families who have experienced loss during the COVID-19 pandemic are not only coping with their loss but also face the challenges of grieving during this period of social distancing. During this especially difficult time, it is important to take a break sometimes and focus on self-care. Below are some suggestions on how to perform self-care […]
Jun 16, 2020
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Families who have experienced loss during the COVID-19 pandemic are not only coping with their loss but also face the challenges of grieving during this period of social distancing. During this especially difficult time, it is important to take a break sometimes and focus on self-care. Below are some suggestions on how to perform self-care while dealing with coronavirus-induced grief. 

Tips for Self-Care

Be honest with yourself.

You don’t always have to be strong. It is important to recognize what you are feeling instead of trying to suppress those negative emotions. 

Take time to connect with others.

A healthy way to give your mind a break is to connect with friends, family, and loved ones online. 

Share your thoughts and feelings.

Find someone you feel comfortable with and talk things through. This can be a family member, trusted friend, religious adviser, or professional counselor. If you prefer to keep those private, you may also consider forming the habit of writing them down in a journal. 

Stay physically active.

There are many ways to stay active during the quarantine period. These include home workouts, running in the park, and hiking up various trails. Physical activity is important as it helps you to release tension and return to a state of rest. 

Practice meditation and mindfulness.

Take at least 10-15 minutes a day of self-care and redirect any anxious thoughts. Scan your mind and body for tension and alleviate it by devoting a few minutes just to focus on your breath. Click here for a variety of meditation resources we have compiled.

Explore the arts.

The visual and the performing arts can be used to express your feelings and transform them into a unique masterpiece. Some possible activities include drawing, painting, designing, writing, or even picking up a new instrument. 

Dress up.

The act of changing, taking a shower, and getting ready can help to lift your mood and confidence. 

Be open to happiness.

Laughter is proven to strengthen your immune system, boost your mood, diminish pain, and alleviate some stress. In times of grief, it is important to find what brings you some feelings of happiness. 

Maintain a healthy diet.

Although it may be easy to break your habits, try to maintain a healthy diet during this time. Stress makes us seek comfort foods, many of which are linked to causes of depression and anxiety. So, try to fill your fridge with fresh produce and whole foods when possible. 

Get enough sleep.

Adequate sleep is commonly not prioritized in the process of grief. Many people are having sleep difficulties as a result of the various stressors from the pandemic. Read this article on “Tips for Improving Sleep”. 

Looking for more tips and advice? Click here for more: https://therelayresource.com/tips-advice/

References: 

Psychology Today – Necessary Self Care During COVID: Working Through Loss 

The Grief Recovery Method – Coronavirus and Self-Care 

Grand Rapids Business Journal – Ten Self-Care Practices to Alleviate Coronavirus Induced Grief 

NPR – Coronavirus has Upended Our World. It’s OK to Grieve

UCSF Department of Psychiatry – Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19 

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