When you first loose a loved one, it can be difficult to express and identify the emotions that are taking place inside of you. You may feel intense pain and sorrow one minute and completely detached the next. It can be difficult to express this whirlwind of emotions but it is necessary. If you are going through the grief process and you are having difficulty expressing it, take a look at some of the tips below.
1. Visit Your Therapist
It can be difficult for us to identify our emotions when we are in the middle of dealing with them. This is why therapists can be beneficial to our overall emotional well-being. For those of you who are struggling to express your grief, visit a therapist who you feel comfortable venting to and who can help you through the grieving process.
2. Do Something Destructive
Anger is a common emotion that many will feel during the grieving process. If you’re feeling pent up anger but you are having difficulty finding an outlet in which to express it, do something destructive. This could range from hitting a pillow to smashing some dishes that you no longer want. As long as it doesn’t cause harm to you or to others, find a way to release that negative energy.
3. Begin Writing In a Journal
Journals are great ways to express your emotions because they are private and non-judgemental. You won’t have to worry about someone criticizing your emotions or making you feel as though your grief or emotions are abnormal. If you have no problem identifying your emotions but you have a problem expressing them, a journal could be a great way to get your feelings out there in a safe way.
4. Reach Out to Loved Ones
There is no better way to express your grief than to express it with the ones who love you. We are often experiencing similar emotions during grief as those around us but we are unaware of it because we refuse to reach out for help. Make your pain aware to your loved ones and you will be surprised what the responses will be.
5. Practice Mindfulness
Being mindful of our emotions is the only way that will be able to identify them and to express them. Take at least 5 minutes every morning to practice mindfulness meditation. Sit down on the chair or the floor and focus on your breathing and grounding yourself in the present moment. Let all of your thoughts pass and concentrate on what is going on now. Over time, this will help you become more grounded and more aware of what is going on inside of you.
It can be difficult to express the many emotions that we experience during the grieving process but it is something that we must do in order to maintain our well-being. If you are having difficulty dealing with your emotions and releasing them, use the methods above to help you express your grief.