Sylvia Kratzke notes that as you work through your grief and begin to resume your everyday life, what is truly important in life becomes crystal clear. And that feeling stays with you as you continue your journey through grief, day by day, moving forward to new life.
Do you want to strengthen your immune system, lower the level of cortisol in your body, reduce depression, improve sleep, reduce your blood pressure, increase your self-esteem, and improve how you see the world? If yes, the practice of gratitude may help. Grateful people tend to have more positive coping strategies, feel more in control, deal with problems more effectively, and have a more positive outlook.
After the loss of a loved one, the winter holidays can be a tough time of year. Learning to acknowledge the loss, while also feeling gratitude for all that is good in our lives can be a delicate balance.
The holidays can be difficult when you are grieving. Michele Neff Hernandez, founder and CEO of Soaring Spirits International, has some gentle reminders for navigating the holiday season.