By far one of the hardest things I have had to deal with so far in my adulthood is seeing my grandfather get sick and pass away. He died on November 1, 2014 after two strokes, a month in the hospital, and seven weeks in hospice. It’s still super fresh for me. I still can’t wrap my mind around that fact that he’s gone – and he knows what happens once we die. BLOWS MY MIND.
I was stressed out and sad and not realizing how much this was affecting me physically. I did not realize how much I wasn’t eating. I did not realize how much I was giving loved ones the cold shoulder. I did not realize how much I was isolating myself. Grief is hard. Losing a loved one is hard. Self care is extra important in these times.
Here are some resources if you are coping with grief, too.
Self Care While Grieving: Comfort Quickies – Some ideas if you’re looking for ways to comfort yourself.
Grief and Loss: Self Care – Some ways to keep in touch with caring for your body while you are grieving.
Healthy Grieving – This covers many topics – what is grief, what experiencing grief looks like, helping yourself through grief, recommended reading.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again, taking care of you starts with you.