Chapter 1: Caring for yourself

How do I take care of myself?

It is important to find a balance between facing loss and taking a break from grieving. You do this by finding an activity that distracts you from your thoughts of loss - a sanctuary from grief that, over time, may bring pleasure, happiness or even joy.

We are all different so find something that works for you. For example, you might:

  • Take part in an activity that used to make you happy.
  • Begin a new hobby that you have been putting off.
  • Try a weekly activity that will provide routine in your life like an exercise class.
  • Enjoy a meal out.
  • See a new movie.
  • Read a favourite book.
  • Think about getting a new pet.
  • Take a course. Are you interested in cooking, painting, history, books?
  • Volunteer for an organization that is meaningful to you.