When you experience any type of loss, the normal response is a period of mourning, also known as “grief.” Grief isn’t specific to human death, on the contrary it often establishes after a significant loss, for example a redundancy, divorce or breakup, a recently diagnosed illness, or financial troubles.
Grief usually comes in five stages: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The only way to process grief is to go through the stages of grief. By acknowledging your grief and allowing yourself the opportunity to grieve, you’re more able to address your grief as it arises and return to your normal everyday life much sooner.
At the same time, not acknowledging or addressing your grief has the potential to set you back emotionally and mentally in both the short and long-term. Here are some ways that you may be blocking your ability to process your grief.
No matter what type of loss you’ve experienced, there are...