How to Practice Self-Care After the Loss of Your Spouse

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Jennifer Robson
21 November 2018

Self-care enhances our well-being and is especially important when we are suffering from grief and loss.
In this blog we have put together a series of things you can do to incorporate self-care into your new routine as you begin to deal with the loss of your spouse. 
Here are our top 10  
  • Focusing on your breath is a great way to practice self-care. Allocate at least five minutes each day to notice your breath. In addition to setting aside time to do this on a daily basis, it is also a useful exercise whenever you feel anxious or overwhelmed. Since your breath is a great anchor, this is an ideal way to restore a sense of calm and well-being.
  • Do something you love. Whether it’s spending time in nature, reading, listening to music, watching movies, exercising, dancing, or hanging out with friends or family, if you love it, do it.  Just because you are experiencing grief does not mean that you should deprive yourself of happy moments. 
  • Listen to your intuition. If you need some alone time take it, if you feel like you need to be with people be with people. Trust your gut it will guide you through this difficult period. 
  • Stay offline one day per week. Dedicate time to yourself and being with your child.  Be present. 
  • Meditate
  • Journal every day
  • Do what will make you feel good
  • Prep your meals in advance
  • Plan and take 30 minutes of exercise each day
  • Develop a power hour. Spend 20 minutes on mind, then body, then soul. Set a timer for yourself.
If you want to start setting some goals and make sure you follow through with them, I put together a continuous care planning worksheet that you can print out to remind you of what you’re trying to accomplish.  It includes how to care for both yourself and your child whilst you are dealing with a loss.
We have created a video series and workbooks in the member's area to help you to cope with grief and plan a happy future for yourself. Please accept our condolences and we hope that you find the resources we have created useful.