You may have a greater sense of well-being than some widows who have suffered a severe trauma or on the opposite side, widows who have experienced no trauma at all. But without a doubt as a widow, if you have still endured adversity in your lifetime.
The good news is that you can grow emotionally without suffering from adversities.
- The heart of resilience is having self-control. This can be learned by taking something like yoga where you are able to calm yourself.
- Learn to recognize signs that natural stress has begun (sweaty palms, anger, racing heart-beat, are a few signs).
- When you recognize stress signs, you might take deep breaths – inhaling for five seconds, then exhaling for five seconds while thinking about the last time you felt peaceful.
- You can build confidence in your strengths by remembering past setbacks and how you positively handled them.
I have built my own emotional strength by being grateful for the whole journey of my life – not just everything that I wanted, but also those things that I never wanted.
I have learned to smile inside myself when things go wrong. The twists and turns of my life have brought me to the place where I can seek something greater than myself.
No matter where you are on your grief journey, I know that you are stronger than you give yourself credit for. Remember – there is a whole lot of living left to do.