Health Tip: Dealing With Grief

Suggestions for coping with a major loss

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(HealthDay News) -- Grieving is a natural healing process after a significant loss, including the death of a loved one, the decline of one's own health, or the breakup of a relationship.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help cope during the grieving process:

  • Communicate with others about what you're feeling, and don't be afraid to ask loved ones for help.
  • Try to stay on top of daily responsibilities to avoid falling behind and feeling overwhelmed.
  • Try to get regular exercise, eat healthy foods and get plenty of sleep.
  • Don't drink alcohol, which ultimately can make you feel more depressed.
  • Push yourself to return to your regular routine as quickly as possible.
  • Avoid making major decisions just after a loss.
  • Allow yourself to feel the typical symptoms of grief, which may include sadness, crying, anger and numbness.

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