So it’s Monday, and you lost a loved one over the weekend. Now you are at work, distressed and disturbed. People grieve differently and sometimes they are unable to deal with work and their emotions, which is understandable. Below are tips to deal with grief while at work.
1. Take a break
You can decide to go to work if it will stop you from thinking too much. The laughter and chit chat from colleagues can take your mind away from the thoughts of your loss. On the other hand, if you feel you can’t handle work with the emotions running through your head, then you will need a casual leave. See your line manager, or let an HR personnel grant you the needed leave.
2. Talk to somebody
“A problem shared is half solved.” You may have someone in your workplace that you are close to. Why not talk to them about your loss? They will be able to cheer you up. You need a sound mind to be active at work, so if your mood is getting in the way, open up to a colleague you feel you can trust.
3. Listen to music
Music isn’t only entertainment; it can also be therapeutic. You can listen to your favourite music while at work, using your earphones of course.
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4. Take a walk
If you are the type that is always at your desk, you will need to take a walk from time to time. Visit the lunchroom, a colleague in another office, or your favourite spot in the office. The key is not dwelling in your thoughts; you want to be active at your work.
Happiness is a choice, and a state of mind. This means you can choose to be happy even in the midst of your grief. Try to smile, and laugh even if you don’t have a reason to. Your mood will get better as you smile and make a conscious effort to be happy.
Being in grief while at work is not a funny experience. As you do ur best to stay focused, know you will get better as the day goes by. Gradually your mood will brighten up; just give yourself enough time as possible