Grief is an all-encompassing experience, and the thought of setting goals for yourself may seem daunting right now. But did you know that establishing healthy short- and long-term goals can help you heal? As you take steps toward changing your circumstances, you can create a fresh start (in a sense) for yourself, which can do wonders for your mental health. You can also adopt simple habits that improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Here, Crossroads Homecare offers some practical ways to start establishing goals that help you progress through grief. Accepting Your Emotions Everyone processes grief differently. Your first goal should be not to expect too much of yourself. Don’t hide from your thoughts and emotions, and don’t expect yourself to think and feel a certain way for a specific time. You won’t always control when feelings come, but it is vital to allow them to move through without seeing it as a sign of weakness. With time, you can learn to self-regulate these emotions. But it is essential to allow yourself to process your grief as it comes and not compare yourself to others along the way. Changing Your Vocation Grief has a way of reminding people of how short life is. That is why many people make significant life changes during such times. While you may not want to make any big decisions early in the grieving process, now might be a good time to start exploring other career paths that could prove more fulfilling or less stressful. For example, what if you started a business doing something you are passionate about? By brainstorming business ideas and conducting market research, you may be able to develop an idea that could allow you to make a living in a field you are interested in. Plus, you would have more control of your schedule and overall career trajectory. Starting a business comes with many moving parts and responsibilities, so be diligent if you go this route. For instance, you will need to establish a business structure that keeps your company on a solid legal footing. Many entrepreneurs form an LLC because of the tax advantages, liability protection, flexibility, and other perks. By working with a formation service, you can quickly establish an LLC that complies with state regulations. Maintaining a Daily Structure While grieving, it’s essential to keep some structure in your day. Make sure you handle all of your hygiene and grooming responsibilities and eat regular, nutritious meals (even when you are not hungry). It can also help to leave the house every day; a change of scenery for as little as 30 minutes can go a long way in helping you stave off depression. The key is to develop a routine that you can depend on as you navigate the challenges of grief that lie ahead. Getting Fresh Air Another goal worth setting is to spend more time outdoors. There are many scientifically-backed health benefits to being in nature, including:
● Lower blood pressure
● Reduced stress
● Enhanced focus
● Improved mood
● Faster physical and emotional healing
Find practical ways to be outside. Maybe you could go for a walk in your neighborhood each day or meet friends or family members at the park. Or perhaps you could simply sit on the patio and read a book each morning. Reaching Out to Others Lastly, avoid isolation at all costs. It is common to withdraw from others when grieving, but this can exacerbate the pain and impede your healing progress. Stay in touch with close friends and family members, and prioritize your most important relationships. Moreover, don’t hesitate to work with a therapist, counselor, or other professionals who could help you through your challenges. When you are mourning the loss of a loved one, every task feels difficult to the extreme. However, while it is essential not to be too hard on yourself at this time, staying idle for the long term will not bring you comfort or help you heal. Consider the advice above for setting healthy goals as you grieve. And keep learning other ways that you can maintain your health and well-being in this devastating time. Crossroads Homecare offers a personalized solution to this stressful time. Whether you are looking for long or short-term care, we offer quality care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Call 908-454-7200.
Author: Camille Johnson