In This Issue: June 2020
May 29, 2020 06:00AM
By Cat Carrel
We Are All Grieving
Grief, in all its various stages, is here. I can see it in the tired eyes of the people in the grocery store, peeking out from above the masks that hide their pursed lips and troubled voices. I can feel it in my chest, sometimes in my throat, and it overtakes me at the oddest moments and in the weirdest places. Sometimes it flows out of me like a river, other times it trickles out like a slow leaky faucet. But it is here, it’s with me and it’s probably with you, too.
Elizabeth Kübler Ross and David Kessler initially described the five stages of grief as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I have traveled freely through all five stages and not necessarily in that order. We see this being played out in real time in our communities—with fully armed protesters threatening state governments to reopen (anger); folks openly flouting the mask rules (denial); increased addiction and domestic abuse (depression and anger); local governments pleading with their communities to stay in, while giving them some nuggets of normalcy (bargaining); and the essential employees who never had a choice (acceptance).
I wish there was a cure-all for working with grief, but therein lies the rub: Everyone is different and what might work for one person may not work for another. There is some conventional wisdom that says that counseling, meditation and mindfulness, exercise, good sleep, self-care and eating healthy food work in tandem to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and enable our bodies to better handle the physical and emotional stress that comes with grief.
As always, Natural Awakenings has you covered. Check out our articles this month on feel-good foods (Feeding Happiness: Lifting Moods with Feel-Good Foods) and ways to work out at home using what you have on hand (Homebody Workouts: Getting Fit Without a Gym). Together, we can get through anything.
Blessings and stay well,
Cat Carrel, Publisher