Getting your mind off of grief is difficult. What many don’t realize is that when it comes to grief and missing a loved one, there is no ‘getting over it’. Life must move on after a loss, and recovery is a matter of learning how to live again in some cases. And regardless if it’s been a couple of weeks since your loss or a decade, when we’re overcome with grief, it’s often the only thing on our mind.
20 Things To Do to Get Your Mind Off Grief
On bad days, it’s often hard to do daily activities or to have motivation to do anything in general. Having a list of activities that you know lift you up and brighten your day is a great tool to keep handy. If you don’t have one, don’t worry! Use our list of 20 things to do to get your mind off grief!
- Go for a walk
- See a new movie- don’t forget the popcorn and/or candy!
- Make plans with friends or family
- Volunteer at a local shelter or foodbank
- Read a book in a quiet nook
- Plant or water the garden- no green thumb? Go for a hike!
- Plan a trip to the beach or the mountains, whichever is further
- Spend time on your favorite hobby- or alternatively, one you don’t do often enough!
- Bake something special
- Create a work of art
- Cook or try out a new food
- Participate in a community event
- Start a new series on Netflix
- When you’re out and about, take a different route
- Make a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy it outdoors
- Try meditating, even if only for a couple of minutes!
- Start a new project around the house
- Write a goodbye letter
- Speak to a counselor
As you can see, one of the best ways to get your mind off grief is to get out of the house and try something new. Recruit a friend or family member to go along with you and make a day out of it. The most important thing to remember, is to do something that you know you’ll enjoy. If there’s something you’ve been putting off trying or doing- now may be the time!
Don’t Let the Bad Days Keep You Down
Having days where we miss our loved ones more than usual is completely normal, and it’s part of the grieving process. There will always be good and bad days. But when a bad day comes around, don’t let it keep you down for too long. If you do find yourself experiencing more bad days then good, then it may be time to speak to a counselor or other professional. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it!