Dealing With Anxiety After a Loss


Losing someone you love is hard. Each person controls emotions and feelings differently, hence our reaction to the loss depends on different factors. They include our age at the time of the loss, our dependence and how close we are to that person. Doctors have identified five common phases of grief: Denial – Anger – Bargaining – Depressed – Acceptance. Everyone goes through these stages in their own way. Reminders of your loss, like the anniversary of a wedding, a death or a common song, can make the grief return.
Many people may also experience anxiety as a result of grief even though it is not listed. Anxiety can sometimes seem to control your life and make you feel like everything is falling apart at the same time. You may need to slow things down. If you are feeling overwhelmed, seek support from someone you trust.
Here are some useful tips for you to manage your anxiety:
  • Express your anxiety. Try to talk or write down things that are bothering you. Even if you are not certain what is killing you, finding words for your feelings will often help in discovering what is causing your problem.
  • Be responsible and take charge of whatever you can. However, avoid making major life decisions when you are anxious or worried.
  • Accept help. This may be difficult. If anxiety is interrupting your ability to take care of personal needs and other daily tasks, make sure to ask for help from others. This gives them an opportunity to show their care and support for you. Also, you can see how willing the people surrounding are to give you a hand.
  • Ask for comfort. You may need companionship and encouragement until you feel better. Ask someone who is trustworthy to stay with you. This is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you are aware of your problem and you are taking great care of yourself instead.
Experiencing the death of someone you love is a stressful period. It might increase the severity of stress, along with physical factors, such as difficulty sleeping or emotional eating that could add to our unbalanced emotional state, hence lead to an increase in our anxiety. If you, or someone you know, is having a difficult time handling the loss of someone, it would be better to seek professional help. Grief counseling might help to resolve some of the issues, including help in coping with mental health problems like depression or anxiety.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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