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5 Tools for Navigating Change and Loss

Change and Loss

This season has already brought about loss and change. That could be in jobs, in loved ones, due to moving, breakups or anything really. So I want to share some of the things that I have been doing to help myself during these times as well.

Tools for change and loss;

1. Take time for yourself.

Give yourself time and space to do what you need to do in this moment. Understand that for those who tend to self-isolate, time for yourself really means surrounding yourself with loved ones so that you have a loving environment to process. For those who tend to distract by being around others, this may mean actually spending some time alone to process rather than suppress. Maybe you need a mix, do what feels right for you.

2. Reflect on and honor what is lost.

With change comes loss too. That could mean writing a letter (you don't need to send it) to a loved one, to yourself in the future or past, to the universe, whoever you'd like to connect with. It could mean lighting a candle for what was or for a loved one. Maybe sharing a story. Or journaling about what you've learned.

3. Grounding practices.

For me this often involves warm epsom salt baths, walks in nature, gratitude lists, talking to loved and close friends, deep breathing, moving my body, snuggles with my pets and resting lots. Maybe you like to journal or create artwork, read spiritual texts, spend time in a sauna, get acupuncture or something else that helps you feel more grounded and connected. Think of at least 3 things that you can do when needed.

4. Nourish yourself.

It can be easy to forget to take care of ourselves during these times. Be sure to drink plenty of water, to get plenty of sleep and rest, move your body in whatever way feels best, and to get plenty of colorful fruits and veggies, fiber-rich foods, protein, and healthy fats.

5. Reach out for support.

Loss and change can vary and impact us in different ways, this is a good time to reach out for support in a counselor, therapist, coach, someone that can help create space for you to process in a safe environment.

I hope that you found something helpful above. I'm sending you lots of love this season and courage to reach out for that support when you need it. I know it's not always easy to ask for help but we all need that support now and then.

Have some tools you'd like to share or insights that came through as you read the above? Let me know on instagram @drkierstin or via email: I'd love to hear from you.

In health,

Dr. Kierstin

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