When loss hits, it wipes you out. It can be hard to get out of bed each morning no less resume daily routines. How can you make you way back while continuing to mend?

  1. Re-enter slowly being careful not to overwhelm yourself.
  2. Exercise is one of the best ways you can do to begin your journey back, but it can feel daunting. The easiest way to start is with a pair of sneakers. Dress comfortably, put on your sneakers, and open the door. Start slowly to increase your walking distance and make it a point to get out each day.
  3. Get yourself a fitness tracker or use a fitness app. It will help monitor your mobility progress and may be the motivation to push you to move a bit more each day.
  4. Access nature as a natural healer. No matter what the season there is a sense of renewal in the seasons that is restorative. Spend some time in your garden, get a bird feeder, visit a public garden, or take a walk in the park.  
  5. Practice yoga or some form of relaxation with breathing. It will take some time to clear your mind, but even if you can build up to just a few minutes, you’ll feel a natural drop in your stress.
  6. Be social in small doses. Attend a religious service, the book club at your local library, take a friend up on a coffee date, or join a neighbor for a walk.
  7. Choose healthy foods – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein. Cook for yourself if you can and if you can’t, purchase prepared foods low in fats and sugars.
  8. Sleep. If you have difficulty sleeping at night, take a nap. Just set your clock or your phone to wake you up so you don’t sleep the day away.
  9. Get a massage. Touch is therapeutic, and it will help relax your stressed muscles.
  10. Begin resuming necessary activities as well as those you enjoy. If you resume and find you are not ready, cut back and try again in a few days or a week.

Most important, be kind to yourself. Listen to your inner voice and allow yourself the time to heal.

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Robbie Miller Kaplan is an author who writes from a unique perspective as a mother who has lost two children. She has written How to Say It When You Don't Know What to Say, a guide to help readers communicate effectively when those they care about experience loss, now available as e-books for "Illness & Death," "Suicide," "Miscarriage," "Death of a Child," "Death of a Stillborn or Newborn Baby," "Pet Loss," "Caregiver Responsibilities," "Divorce" and "Job Loss." All titles are in Amazon's Kindle Store.

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