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It’s okay to show sadness and grief

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Amid our fast-paced lives and constant digital distractions, it’s essential to take the time to process our emotions and allow ourselves to grieve, whether it is over the loss of a friendship, bad exam results, or something that happened at home. It’s okay to feel sad, angry, confused, or even relieved – this isn’t always discussed. Emotions can be messy and complicated, and it’s important to permit yourself to feel them fully.

Read: It’s Ok to not be Ok

Dealing with loss

As an example, let’s focus on something we all have to deal with – the loss of a relationship. It can be an incredibly complex and challenging experience. We live in a world where relationships and connections are formed and dissolved at the swipe of a finger. But when a relationship that meant something to us ends, it can feel like a devastating blow.

Seeking support from a trusted family member, friend, or therapist can be invaluable. Sharing your feelings can provide comfort and a sense of understanding. You can get help processing your emotions and accepting guidance as you navigate through the stages of grief.

  1. denial
  2. anger
  3. bargaining
  4. depression
  5. acceptance

Self-care is crucial when grieving the loss of a relationship. Engaging in activities that bring you joy, journaling, and caring for your physical and emotional well-being can help start healing. It’s also important to remember that the end of a relationship doesn’t define your worth or future. You are resilient and capable of finding happiness and fulfilling connections again. This grieving period can be an opportunity for growth, self-reflection, and learning about yourself.

In a world that often encourages us to move on and forget quickly, honouring your feelings and giving yourself the space and time you need to heal is essential. Grieving the loss of a relationship is a natural part of life, and by acknowledging and embracing it, you can emerge more robust and more resilient on the other side.

Should you need to talk to someone, please contact our Free Counselling helpline.

Written by Kabelo Milton.

The views expressed herein are those of the writer and not I Am Youth.

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