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The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving by MS. Debra Holland

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chapter 20

Self-Care

Taking good care of yourself

Enlisting in causes

Finding comfort

Spirituality for solace

We all have some experience with stress and have familiar coping mechanisms we use when times are tough. When an important loss occurs, it’s often such an extraordinary stress, it overwhelms our normal ways of coping, plus it piles additional tasks, emotions, and symptoms on us. We’re left flailing for something that might work to make us feel better. Yet even when we’re in crisis, we can take positive actions that support us in our grief and speed our recovery process.

Caring for Your Body and Soul

Much of our ability to deal with extreme stress is based on our pre-crisis/pre-loss lifestyle. If we’ve followed a healthy routine, ...

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