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5 Signs You’re Struggling with Grief

 A girl grieving

Experiencing loss can send you into a whirlwind of emotions. Dealing with loss is challenging, no matter how old you are. Whether you’ve experienced loss before or not, you’re still likely going to face difficulties overcoming it.


Grief is a natural emotion to feel when you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one. Whether it’s the loss of a parent, sibling, or friend, you’re bound to feel your emotions welling up inside. There are two ways to proceed: either you accept your feelings and work to acknowledge and subsequently overcome them, or you bottle your emotions and carry on like nothing’s transpired. The former approach is a healthy way to overcome your grief, while the latter will result in substantial problems down the road.


However, healthily dealing with grief requires you to identify first if you’re still struggling with it. People often talk about the stages of grief, but there is a perceived misconception regarding those stages. You can skip the stages of grief altogether and still overcome it, or go through every step and still be grieving. Therefore, identifying the signs hold more importance than identifying which stage of the grieving process you’re currently experiencing.


How to Identify if You’re Struggling with Grief?


There are some hallmark signs of grief. These include:


Irritability and Anger


People struggling with grief are often on edge and can quickly become angry. Irritability is one of the reasons why those still grieving get angry. However, continuing to behave like this can impact your personal, professional, and social life. If you’re experiencing anger and irritability, we recommend that you accept your feelings and acknowledge the grief you’re facing. In addition, we counsel you to seek loss and grief counseling to help you overcome your emotions.


Hyper alertness and Fear of Loss


Once you’ve experienced loss, life can seem fragile. Moreover, you might often find yourself questioning your mortality. In addition, many people struggling with grief also ponder over their existence and their life. These emotions are a classic sign of a person struggling with loss. Consider seeking professional help or get assistance by confiding in a trusted friend or family member.


Behavioral Overreaction


Everyone has a different coping mechanism for loss. However, when these mechanisms become exaggerated, it can lead to behavioral overreactions that don’t represent how a person usually acts. For instance, some people might become overly dependent on their friends, family, or significant others when coping. On the other hand, some people start to drift away from their loved ones and create distance to avoid feeling such trauma in their life again. If you’re behaving in such a manner, you must seek grief counseling immediately. Otherwise, these behaviors can manifest into longer-term patterns in your relationships.


Numbness and Depression


Most people with unresolved feelings of grief experience numbness and depression. These symptoms can cause you to feel less motivated, less energetic, and unaligned with your emotions. Many people experiencing numbness don’t perceive many emotions because they’ve been bottling their feelings for an extended period. If you’re going through this stage, you should immediately seek the services of a licensed professional. Grief and loss counseling can help you overcome numbness and depression by exhibiting your feels healthily.

A depressed woman holding a paper sign with a smile

Changes in Sleeping and Eating Patterns


People suffering from grief often exhibit changes in sleeping and eating patterns. If you’re unable to sleep or sleeping excessively, the odds are that you’re still struggling with grief. Likewise, many people notice a change in their eating patterns when coming to terms with a loss. You might find yourself overeating or not eating at all. Both these behaviors are dangerous to your health, requiring you to seek help immediately.


Overcoming Grief with Professional Assistance


Grieving is a natural process that follows loss. However, if you’re unsure about how to process your feelings or you’re still struggling with unresolved grief, we can help you.


If you’re living in Douglasville, GA, we recommend you seek individual counseling with us immediately.


Calming Streams is an online counseling service providing counseling for low self-esteem, grief, loss, emotional abuse, domestic violence, stress, and more.


Contact us for more information or book an appointment with us today.