It is devastating and overwhelming when we experience loss – be it a loss of a relationship or death of a loved one. Not only do we go through emotional anguish but physiological changes – loss of appetite, lack of sleep, in fact research shows that physical and emotional pain travel along the same pathways in the brain.
“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It is what it is. The way you cope with it what is what makes the difference”.– Virginia Satir
We can often feel alone and dejected and like life has come crashing down but there is no way that you can’t get through it one day. It’s beautiful how we say “You’ll get through it” like we all have to drive through a dark tunnel until we see light again.
So, here are six top practical ways which can help during the healing process
6 Top practical ways to heal a broken heart
- Process Your Emotions
- Surround yourself with loved ones
- Go outdoors
- Gain perspective
- Re-create and re-imagine
- Seek support
1. Process Your Emotions
It’s important to accept the feelings of sadness, melancholy, guilt rather than suppressing it or feeling ashamed about it. You are not weak because you are experiencing grief, and crying all day or feeling tired all day, it is a natural response to loss and you deserve to take time off to process all of these overwhelming emotions.
2. Surround Yourself With Loved Ones
Being around family members or close friends really can help in ways we don’t realize. Call a close friend, grieve with them, or meet a loved one and pour your heart out. It’s healing and sharing grief only makes the heaviness less heavy.
3. Go Outdoors
Research has found that spending just 2 hours of daily can improve your mental health and physical health. Go for a run or simply out with a friend for a cup of coffee, it’s best if you can sit near the nature and relax.
4. Gain perspective
In life, all of us will have to go through loss once in our lifetime. We might feel alone and wonder why me! But sometimes learning more about it or being open to others sharing the same can make us feel belonged. Read self -help books or listen to podcasts where people are sharing similar experiences.
5. Re-create and Re-imagine
I know this can be difficult when thoughts are constantly hovering our heads, and hence, shifting of thoughts become essential. Look beyond and think about the possibilities of a new phase that you are entering, imagine new experiences, think of what’s lying ahead of you now.
6. Seek Support
If you feel that you would need a third person’s view or you simply want to vent out, reach out for professional help and talk your way out of it and in no time, you are yet again anew for a challenge.