Studies after the 9/11 terror attacks showed that experiencing positive emotions created a buffer against depression. Resilient people can work out ways to include hope, love, humor, pride, inspiration, serenity into their lives.
We all can use nature therapy, inspirational movies, and books, music, and sports to fuel our positive beliefs and emotions.
MORE IDEAS FROM What I Learned About Resilience in the Midst of Grief
The key is to choose life, and not lose the ones we have, to what we have already lost.
Accepting the good and deciding to shift towards life during matters of death is an effective psychological technique, which is referred to as 'benefit finding'.
Participating in rituals returns a feeling of control to the bereaved, and people who practice rituals are reported to be feeling lower levels of grief.
Even small acts that make us think of the departed soul, like wearing their jewelry, or making their favorite dish in loving memory, keep the 'love communication' alive. We need to know that even when someone is gone, it is okay to keep loving and remembering them.
Extreme grief, like losing a loved one is normally handled by an individual's support group of friends and family in stereotypical ways.
There seems to be a 'support gap' in which positive emotions like hope, gratitude, kindness, bravery, and resilience hardly find any mention during the grieving period.
Have you ever waited for an event to occur with such anticipation that you thought you would burst before it happened?
Anticipatory grief is the name given to the tumultuous set of feelings and reactions that occur when someone expects the death of a loved one. These emotions can be just as intense as the grief felt after a death occurs.
Some Common Signs: Sadness, tearfulness Anger, resentment Loneliness, helplessness Anxiety, depression Guilt Desire to talk
Everyone has to experience grief at some point in life. It is an evolutionary trait that is present in mammals in general.
There seems to be a certain purpose for this internal response that we all have naturally.
The five stages of grief are described as anger, bargaining, denial, depression, and acceptance. Yet, when a tragedy strike, we already know how bad things are. What is most needed is hope.
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