Sunday, August 2, 2009

TAKE CARE of yourself

The TAKE CARE acronym was developed that I developed as a useful reminder to help someone grieving people focus on the basics following a loss, a death or other when grieving any significant life changing event.

  • Time is needed to handle the grief
  • Avoid alcohol and other medications.
  • Keep to some routine or schedule.
  • Eat a balanced diet. Focus on healthy foods and water.

  • Converse with others, especially those that have “been there” and “survived that.”
  • Art projects can keep worried hands busy, whether journaling, building, crafting, knitting or in other ways.
  • Rest and Sleep are important to help the body heal.
  • Exercise to reduce stress and improve one’s mood.

These are the areas that a person needs to focus on during the initial shock phase, when coming to grips with a loss or death.

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