Dealing with Tragedy in Our Lives
Suffering the loss of a loved one or witnessing the horrors of a natural disaster or act of violence or even having to wade through periods of poverty and despair can come to all of us at one time or another in our lives. Such tragedies are an unfortunate reality of life that all must confront and cope with at various times.
Learning how to soothe one’s mind and seek comfort will greatly help those who are striving to recover from one of the many challenges and tragedies that life can throw at us. There is no silver bullet for easing the pain and there is not a list of steps to take for recovery, but there are simple actions that everyone suffering through a significant trial can take to help themselves cope with the heartbreak or loss.
The first way to calm the nerves after suffering a tragedy is to remember to breath. It is simple and therefore often overlooked, but taking deep and deliberate breaths of air will help to soothe the troubled mind and provide much needed oxygen to the shocked system.
One must also understand and accept the fact t
hat there is nothing that they can do to change the circumstance of their loss. Excessive guilt and grieving, for example, will not bring back a loved one who has passed.
Those who are struggling through the emotional pain of a tragedy should seek solace in the outdoors. Take a walk and observe the natural beauty that surrounds you.
A relaxing dip in a hot tub or swim in a pool can be equally refreshing and calming. But perhaps the best way for a person to recover from their grief and pain is to be active.
One should consider volunteering in their community to provide aid to others. By so doing they will forget or at least be able to momentarily put aside their grief as they help to support others.