When we get a pet, they become a member of the family, and we form really powerful bonds with them. They offer us emotional support, companionship, unwavering love, and are great for our mental health.
Loosing a pet is an incredibly difficult and upsetting life event to navigate. In today’s ‘Wellness Wednesday’ blog post, we are offering some of our top tips on how you can cope with such a devastating loss.
- Allow time for grief
The loss of a pet is incredibly sad for you and your family, so it’s essential that you take the time to grieve. There is no set amount of time – everyone is different so give yourself as much time as you need.
- Express your emotions
Don’t bottle your feelings up. You may be feeling anger, despair, guilt, sadness, and other emotions. Ignoring these emotions can be really unhealthy and lead to mental health issues down the line, so allow yourself to express them. Talk to someone about how you’re feeling, or write a diary with your thoughts and emotions in them.
- Honour your pet
It can be really helpful to hold a ceremony or burial for your pet where you share some fond memories with your family about your pet. This can offer you and your family a sense of closure.
- Talk to your loved ones
Connect with your friends and family, as socialising is essential to your wellbeing, especially during difficult times. Talk to them about your emotions, or even plan to do something fun that will provide you with some happiness.
- Self care
Don’t neglect your needs whilst you’re grieving. It’s important to be kind to yourself – ensure you’re exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep. Try and schedule in some ‘you time’ every day too where you do something that relaxes you. This could be reading, having a bath, going for a walk, meditating, or anything you enjoy.
- Talk to a professional
Mental health professionals can work with you to navigate your feelings and help you cope with the devastating loss of your pet. They will also help to make sure that mental health issues such as depression don’t arise as a result of the life transition.
Loosing a pet is incredibly hard, and getting used to a new reality without them can be upsetting and overwhelming. If you have lost a pet, get in touch with Dalton Wise today.
Check out our Good News Monday post about how animals are good for your mental health HERE