You will experience setbacks– everyone does. The best way to look at setbacks is to see them as challenges and a natural part of your journey. Challenges do not have to stop you in your tracks. They can add meaning to your life and actually help you to grow.
By overcoming your setbacks you will have shown true strength, character and determination. In the end your ultimate sense of accomplishment will be amazing to you.
Your grief journey will have lots of ups and downs so don’t let setbacks take away from your pride in the progress you have already made. Expect and be prepared for occasional stumbling blocks by keeping a positive attitude and a sense of humor.
The core belief of a positive attitude is that you are fully capable of doing what it takes to travel from grief to healing and the belief that you’re going to do what it takes to get your balance back. See yourself as a complete and happy person that has all the necessary positive behaviors to insure your health and well-being.
Take the time to write about the death of your loved one and then write out how you have already started on your journey. Include how you felt as you took that step to join a social group or to learn something that has always interested you. Every time you take a positive step forward you will feel more at peace. Don’t forget there will be times when the memories overtake you and you feel that you have gone backwards, but that is just part of your journey.