Jon Kabat-Zinn is a well-known writer on the topic of mindfulness and defines it as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”
Mindfulness has been practiced for centuries as a tool that can address life’s challenges such as depression, anxiety, smoking, overeating, self-esteem, chronic pain and grief.
Healing from grief caused by loss and bereavement in life can be helped with various mindfulness practices. Through mindfulness, we can learn how to face life through each moment, no matter what we are facing – joy, sadness, suffering and grief – without avoiding or stopping the process.
Mindfulness practices to help support grief can include:
Mindful breathing – focusing your attention on your breath as it enters an exits your body with the intention of calming your mind and body while helping to alleviate anxiety and tension.
Meditation – through meditation, we can face our fears of change, physical and emotional suffering and even loss and bereavement, while also living fully and in the present. You may like to try the meditation below.
Gratitude and Loving Kindness – practiced as a meditation or journaling, this mindfulness activity involves tuning into self-talk. This is especially helpful for people struggling with self acceptance and critical thinking of their progress through grief.
5-Minutes of Bliss: Breathing and Body Awareness Meditation
Coping with grief isn’t easy. On top of the emotional toll, there are many side effects, including sleeplessness.
Grieving is the process of healing from loss and bereavement, so suffering from insomnia can set us back from our journey to recovery. Not being able to sleep is not only frustrating, it impacts on our immune system, our mood and ability to handle everyday tasks.
Fortunately, if you are experiencing grief and sleep loss, there are a number of things you can do to improve your sleep experience and chances of healthy slumber. It may take some time, but the actions below may help you get there faster: