griefLoss is difficult for us all and comes in many forms.  When you lose someone you love from a death, a major life change such as a divorce, or you lose a job with a company you had for many years, you will experience grief.

Grief is a natural response to a loss, and symptoms will be different for everyone.   Some typical symptoms of grief include – trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, lack of energy, difficulty focusing, and crying.  Something that may help with the symptoms could be your stress coping mechanisms.  Things like meditation, exercise, journaling, talking with a trusted family member or friend, or a support group could help with the symptoms.

There is no time limit as to how long you will experience grief; again it’s different for everyone.  However, if you are having trouble dealing with symptoms of grief for a prolonged period of time, contact your doctor for help.  Your doctor can medically assess your symptoms and has resources to help you through this difficult time.

One of the symptoms of grief can be difficulty focusing, which can cause issues with our daily routines.  All of us have daily routines that we rely on to keep us on track and on time.  These routines become habits when we perform them day in and day out. When we experience a loss, it can affect how we go about our daily routines.  The typical tasks we do when we get up in the morning, throughout the day, and when we go to bed could change.

Concentrating on tweaking these routines to accommodate the change may help.  Think about each routine as you experience it.  If it helps, write it down.  Then analyze it to figure out what you can change to make it work better for you.  You may find the distraction helps to get you back on track.