Your Self Care
Why consider your self care?
Grief and trauma are experienced in a variety of ways: emotionally, physically, mentally, socially, psychologically, behaviorally, and spiritually. Our minds and bodies can react with shock, rage, fatigue, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, mood fluctuations, isolation, forgetfulness, and loss of concentration. Making time for extreme self care is one healthy way to cope with the myriad of life-transforming changes. Many cognitive behavioral therapists recommend getting a daily dose of the acronym “GRAPES” for optimum mental health. (See the following Single Small Steps section.) Since the healing process is a marathon, not a sprint, it is imperative to stop at self-care rest stations along the way.