Has loss turned your life upside down? You’re not alone. Grief often reveals itself in unexpected and sometimes overpowering ways – as if you don’t even recognize yourself anymore. It can feel like everything is out of control; but with a little effort, you can restore composure to your life. In this post shared by the Veterans National Recovery Center, we'll explore powerful goals that you can pursue to take back the reins on grief and reclaim your identity.
Travel to a Dream Location.
Visit a place you've always loved and fulfill a dream. Refreshing scenes in a different environment can renew your zest for life and offer inspiration to accomplish other goals. Set alerts on travel sites to find the latest deals or discuss your plans with an agent to coordinate a safe and enjoyable trip.
Write a Book.
Share your story with the world with a review of your life's highlights and lessons. Or you can create a retrospective of your family history to pass on to future generations. If you want to delve into sensitive information in your memoir, you may feel more comfortable using a pen name or telling the events based on a true story to protect yourself and others.
Plan Your Estate.
A sudden loss can remind you of the need to protect your loved ones legally and financially. Forethought in detailing a living will, estate plan, and memorial arrangements save your loved ones the stress of making decisions during a difficult time and worrying about your wishes. Creating a basic will can be straightforward, but speak to a financial planner if you have a substantial property to distribute.
Find a More Fulfilling Career or Start a Business.
The time may be ripe to pursue employment that fits your long-term goals and personality. If you've already invested many years in work that doesn't gratify you, investigate new career possibilities. Another option is starting your own business. When starting a new company, craft a business plan detailing your marketing strategies, business structure, financial projections, and how you’ll get funding. And if you need assistance through the process, be sure to check out this guide on how to start a company with ZenBusiness.
Start an Exercise Regimen.
Studies show that a lack of exercise is worse for your health than diabetes, heart disease, and smoking. Instead of making a resolution to lose tens of pounds or begin a high-impact routine, add small segments of physical activity into your daily schedule, especially if you're pressed for time. For example, if family responsibilities and work prevent you from a full workout, avoid the elevator and take the stairs. A walk on your lunch break or around your neighborhood is another convenient way to get exercise. A fitness tracker can give you an accurate assessment of your progress.
Go Off the Grid for a While.
Spending time in nature alone with your feelings can help you determine what you want out of life. You don't have to completely cut off from the conveniences of life if you're not into roughing it. Backup generators, propane tanks, and solar power give you enough juice for lights, music, and cooking. Bring emergency supplies and ensure you have a way to contact the outside world in case of a critical situation.
Mentor a Child.
Pass on your wisdom and experience to someone who needs encouragement or a positive role model. Opportunities are likely available in your local religious community or search for volunteer groups who can connect you with children in need. Responsible groups perform background checks on potential mentors, so prepare to fill out forms and complete an interview.
Grief doesn't have to swallow you up and stall your life. Work on growing from the experience and find comfort during a challenging time with healthy goals such as taking a trip, starting a business, or getting fit. By following these steps, you can begin to tame your grief and work through the process.
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