Some tips on at least feeling a little happier...
- Name at least 5 things you are grateful for. If it exceeds 5, wonderful.
- Cut back on alcohol.
- Make time to sit, pray and meditate every morning or every night. Don't only pray, but listen. Remember, the word "silent" has the same letters as listen.
- Change something around in your house. Rearrange furniture, even if it's temporary.
- If you can cook this, make bone broth. (Recipes found here.) If you can't cook it, find a speciality store that sells it. It's a wonder serum.
- Do something nice for somebody else. Anything.
- Keep a journal of all your feelings, whether on notebook or on your laptop.
- Get out of your head and read a book. Movies and TV shows sometimes aren't helpful enough. Make your brain work for the entertainment.
- Open your doors to friends and family.
- Spend a good amount of time thanking God for all you have, and all He is going to provide.
- Forgive yourself if you have a bad day and end up jumping back into bed. It's OKAY. Just pull it together tomorrow.
Again I will say this. People are going to judge you based on how "crazy" you seem by how hard you're grieving. Take it with a grain of salt and please, always consider the source. Sometimes, those kind of people are scared to see something like that, because they're scared they're going to be in the same position. Grieve the way you want to, the way you have to -- there is no wrong or right way to grieve. If you're angry, bring it to God. If you're sad, bring it to God and ask Him to send you someone who can help you. The one thing I can say is, you will definitely realize who is there for you while you're going through such hard times. Count your blessings and throw away the absentee list. That list can be long, unfortunately.
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