It’s ironic, really: it’s during times when you feel like you’re falling apart that it’s often most crucial to remain healthy. The grieving process is no exception.
When you’ve lost a loved one, eating healthy and getting exercise is often low on the priority list (or not thought about at all). But even though it may be the last thing you want to do right now, incorporating healthy living choices into your daily routine is crucial for the days ahead. Here are four simple healthy living tips to starting doing now.
Stock Your Fridge with Healthy Options Only
You will need plenty of energy when making appropriate decisions about funeral arrangements – and unhealthy comfort food is not the answer.
Instead of elevating energy levels, junk food can actually cause depression and stress. Resist the temptation of reaching for a bag of chips or a chocolate bar by stocking your fridge and pantry with healthy options only.
For extremely busy days, rely on a delivery service that can deliver healthy meals right to your door.
Eat at Regular Times
When we get busy, eating is often one of the first things that we forget or neglect to do. By the time we remember we need to eat, we often reach for the first (often unhealthy) food option that we see. That’s when proper meal prep can help.
Use Tupperware containers to portion out healthy food options including yogurts, smoothies, soups and salads. Meal prepping makes it easy to choose healthy foods – even while on the go confirming final arrangements.
Get Proper Exercise
It can be easy to remain in bed or on the couch on a typical day – and even easier when you’re going through a difficult time.
Exercising has never been more important than during times of grief. Schedule a set time each day for at least 30 minutes of exercise. Besides improved self-esteem, a regular exercise regime can act as a coping tool to deal with grief and loss. The endorphins released by the brain during physical exercise can relieve discomfort and increase mood.
Get outside when you can. The sun’s Vitamin C can do wonders for your immune system as well as your energy levels.
Check in With Your Doctor
Never let your grief get out of control. Accept comfort from family and friends and don’t be afraid to see a doctor if needed. Their years of education and experience make them a valuable resource during all of life’s difficult moments.
For more grief resources or for assistance with planning final arrangements, contact Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre Inc., a funeral home servicing Hamilton, Dundas and the surrounding areas.