In today’s episode of Whole Woman Wednesday, you’ll learn three comforting tools to help you process and navigate the acute stages of grief or a painful life event.
This is a topic that comes up a lot in my practice, as I work with so many women who have struggled with the grief of loss on their fertility journey.
Grief comes to us in many other ways throughout the twists and turns of our lives, not just on fertility journeys, and it’s important for all of us to develop tools to be able to cope and support each other when challenging times arise.
In addition to the tips I mention in today’s episode, try these:
- Counteract grieving with light-hearted activities like watching a comedy, listening to a favorite podcast, reading or listening to a pleasurable book, etc. While it’s important to process deep emotion, give yourself a break from it now and then.
- Balance mental-emotional processing with physical activity. One of the best ways to keep emotion from getting “stuck” in the body is to get moving, preferably outdoors. If you find yourself sitting still for long periods of time, lost in thought or worry or grief, taking a walk will help to feel less “in your head” and more grounded in your body.
- Bach flower essences can work well to take the edge off intense emotion so you can get through your day.
- Lemon essential oil is an instant pick-me-up and just taking a sniff can help you feel optimistic and light-hearted.
- Acupuncture and herbs are wonderful for lifting your mood naturally. If you’re in the Denver area, you can check out my practice and schedule an appointment here.
- Meetup.com is a useful and popular resource for finding specific support groups in your area.
- Waking The Tiger by Peter Levine Ph.D. is one of the best books I’ve come across on healing trauma, which, in some scenarios, can go hand-in-hand with healing grief.
- Traumahealing.org is Dr. Peter Levine’s website where you can become or find a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing®, an approach to healing trauma that he developed.
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (mentioned in today’s video) is one of my favorite books with some great life advice.
- Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser is another one of my favorite books that I recommend to my patients who are experiencing transformational life changes that involve an intense grieving period.
- When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön is incredible. I feel like it should be required reading for all humans.
If there’s something you’ve tried that’s worked for you to help navigate the grief process, please share in the comments below.
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