Losing someone or something important can often cause an emotional reaction - but for some, feelings of grief can be particularly intense.
In some cases, feelings of grief can seem unbearable and can often lead to knock-on feelings of depression or anxiety.
Talking to a GP about your feelings can help you work through your grief and support you in starting down the road to feeling better.
Grieving for someone or something you’ve lost is a natural process and there’s no quick fix for getting over it.
It’s important to give yourself the time and space you need to get to grips with your feelings and come to terms with your loss. Intense grief can often be accompanied by other problems, such as trouble sleeping, a lack of appetite and a loss of energy.
However, there are a number of practical ways you can cope with grief and start the recovery process.
If you’re struggling with feelings of grief, one of the best things you can do is talk about your feelings, be it with a friend, family member, or a GP.
Grieving properly takes time, but there are a number of ways to help the process along.
You should steer clear of trying to numb the pain or ‘self-medicating’ with alcohol or drugs and try and maintain a routine.
Being under intense emotional strain can make you very tired, so it’s important to ensure you’re getting enough sleep.
Similarly, maintaining a healthy diet will enable you to cope better with your emotions and prevent comfort eating.
While it’s usual to feel overwhelmed by grief in the immediate aftermath of a loss, if you don’t think you’re getting any better, are having trouble coping or are experiencing knock-on problems like anxiety or depression, counselling could be the right choice for you.
A GP is usually recommended as your first port of call. They’ll be able to provide advice about support services, refer you to a counsellor and, if needed, prescribe medication.