Self-Care for Grievers

We should all look after ourselves, but we know this can become difficult for people when they are grieving.

Here we give self-care ideas that have been gathered from people we have previously supported.

Please remember, we are all different and what works for one person, may not for another.

If you would like to share your ideas, please email them to us at: support@yorksbtc.org.uk



* Take a walk:  Hike in the woods, on a local nature trail, or around your local area.  The exercise will do you good and you never know what you’ll see or who you’ll meet.

* Take a nap:  The National Sleep Foundation says a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance.

* Smile: Did you know the simple act of smiling (even without a reason) can make you feel happy?

* Read:  A 2009 study showed that it took participants only six minutes to relax once they started reading.  For the purposes of stress relief we suggest you forgo info heavy texts for a good novel or self-help books.

* Play: What is play?  It’s any purposeless kind of fun. 

* Get a few minutes of fresh air and sunlight

* Have a good cry: Supposedly stress-related tears help the body rid itself of nasty cortisol (aka the stress hormone) raising chemicals.

* Engage in a game or activity that requires focus:  jogsaws, crosswords, sudoko or crafts are all great ways to do something different.

* Plan a night out with friends: Go to your favorite restaurant, see a show, or attend a sporting event.

* Establish a better work/life balance:  Here’s how to stop work overload with a few simple boundaries.

* Breathe

 

* Listen to your favorite music playlist:  Music can have a positive impact on both our physical and emotional health, from reducing the perceived intensity of pain to relieving symptoms of depression.  

* Go somewhere that makes you feel at ease

*Spring clean: You can donate any unwanted items to the YBTC charity shop 

Take stock of your support system: Who can you count on and how?

* Look through old photographs

* Have one-on-one time with your children (that means one child at a time)

* Watch funny you tube videos or a comedy show or film on TV

* Have some self-compassion

* Plan a weekend getaway

* Treat yourself to a day of relaxation: Not a fan of the spa?  Relax at home

* Try a new hobby, like: PhotographJournalingScrapbooking or Cooking/baking

* Make your annual doctors and dentist appointments (I know groan, but good health is a part of good self-care).

* Cross something off of your bucket list, if you don't have one - make one!

* Get into an exercise routine

* Detox! Cut back on your alcohol intake

* Get Creative: Be creative

* Join a support group: Among other benefits, support groups can help you gain a sense of empowerment and feel less lonely. The YBTC Meet Up and Memories Group may be just the thing for you to meet people who understand

* Seek grief support: contact us on 0113 340 0111 or email support@yorksbtc.org.uk We are here for you

* Healthy eating: Make a plan to start eating healthy

Then go eat a piece of chocolate and pour yourself a cup of coffee

* Get on the floor and play with your kids (or pet)

* Find a quiet place where you can be alone with your thoughts

* Better yet, try a warm shower or a bubble bath

See a counselor or therapist: YBTC have qualified counsellors that you can access

* Visit your place of worship and spend time in prayer

* Join a club or group of any kind: There’s benefit in joining any group that gathers around something you like – camera clubs, choirs, widower happy hours, etc.

* Volunteer your time

* Don’t let things hang over your head: Either do them or choose not to let not getting them done stress you out. 

* Sing at the top of your lungs: Research has shown that singing is like a tranquilizer that both soothes your nerves and makes you feel happy.

* Dance with reckless abandon

* Open your windows

Allow yourself a day of unapologetic sulking

* Retail Therapy – Is it real??  Pssh…who cares? 

* Sttttrrreeeetttccchhhh:  Here’s a guide to 10 basic stretches

Spend time in a place where you feel close to your deceased loved one(s)

* Play a sport: Play by yourself or join a local team

* Take a yoga class

Find ways to make your workday healthier

Phone an old friend

* Throw your plans out the window and spend a few days schedule-free

Practice deep breathing

* Go for a drive

* Limit the time you spend on the Internet and Social Media

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