by Kevin Caruso
It is VERY common to experience depression after losing a loved one.
It is a normal part of the grieving process.
The most important thing to do when you are depressed is to get help. Depression can become serious, so you want to make sure that you are under the care of a professional.
Find a great therapist and be honest with him or her. And work through your depression.
If your depression becomes severe, you MAY need to take medication. Just leave that option open, because medication can be helpful in some cases.
And if you ever feel suicidal, please get help immediately.
It is also VERY common for people to feel suicidal after a loved one passes on, so please understand that the feelings are very normal; but you need to get help.
I also run the largest suicide prevention and awareness website on the Internet, which is Suicide.org. If you are ever suicidal, please visit the site immediately:
Now, with respect to depression, there are some things that you can do to help beat the depression.
First, get plenty of exercise. There are numerous studies that indicate that exercise is EXTREMELY helpful in fighting depression.
Even if you do not feel like exercising, go for a walk. It will help tremendously.
And exercise every day. Get your body moving – it is very important.
Next, make sure you eat healthy foods. Your diet does not need to be perfect, but you do need to eat a good diet.
Those two things – diet and exercise – will help you feel better.
And it is imperative that you express your emotions. Holding your emotions in can be very bad for your mental health at any time in your life, but particularly so when you are depressed.
And do things that relax you.
Take soothing baths and listen to music that you enjoy.
You WILL beat your depression if you get help and take the steps that I outlined above.
God bless you.
I love you.
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(Grief and Loss.com is a Suicide.org website.)