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The loss of a loved one is the most difficult thing we go through as humans. We are lucky enough to experience a great deal of affection during our lifetimes, but that also means we have the capacity to experience great pain as well.
Each human copes differently with grief and sadness, a lot of that having to do with our mental health, or religious beliefs, and life experiences. However, these situations are never easy, no matter who you are or what healthy coping mechanisms you’ve developed over the years. For some of us, these situations are more traumatic and may require more support than just our friends and family.
If you think you may be in an unhealthy place after the loss of a loved one or are experiencing one or more of these indicators, consider looking into grief counseling for a tailored approach to your healing process.
Reasons To Seek A Grief Counselor
Increased Depression Or Anxiety
Many of us experience depression or anxiety on a regular basis, but if you are experiencing these things more often than usual, it’s time to see a grief counselor or psychiatrist who can help you get well again. Some things you might experience during a time of bereavement are panic attacks, intrusive thoughts, and suicidal thoughts.
While bereavement can change our behaviors, it can also alter our brain and create a chemical imbalance. These neurological changes may be mistaken by family members or friends as just a behavioral reaction and they may assume you’ll bounce back when the grieving process is over. The truth is that it may be vital that a doctor prescribe you depression or anxiety medication to help you get back on track. The only way to know is by seeing a professional.
Decreased Physical Health
If you’re having trouble sleeping, losing weight, or feeling sick more often than usual, it may have to do with your grief. Our mental health and physical health very much go hand-in-hand. In fact, grief can contribute to poor gut health, inflammation in the body, a lowered immune system, and high blood pressure. If you are feeling physically sick due to a time of loss and sadness, it’s a great idea to see a grief counselor who can help you return to a healthy place.
Lack Of Motivation
During times of bereavement, we often need a break from parts of our everyday life, such as work, chores, homework, or even simple tasks like taking a shower or getting dressed in the morning. It’s normal and completely acceptable to feel a lack of motivation for a short amount of time after the loss of a loved one, but if you’re having trouble getting back on your feet, a counselor may be able to help.
Sometimes the best way to cope with a difficult situation is to turn to friends and family for love, comfort, and support. For others, they prefer to be alone most of the time and cope with the situation individually. However, antisocial behavior can quickly become unhealthy in a situation of bereavement. If you find yourself refusing to return to work, meeting friends for coffee, or even going to the grocery store after a time of great sorrow, it may be best to see a professional help you acclimate back to social situations in a healthy way.