How to face the sheer deprivation of a thing or a person with a smile in your life?

Facing sheer deprivation of something or someone important in your life with a smile is undoubtedly a tremendous emotional challenge. Here are some strategies that might help:

1. Practice Acceptance and Letting Go:

Accept the reality of the situation. Understand that some things and people are beyond your control. Allow yourself to grieve and gradually let go of what you’ve lost. Embrace the impermanence of life.

2. Cultivate Resilience:

Build your resilience to bounce back from adversity. Focus on developing coping mechanisms, positive thinking, and emotional strength. Remind yourself of past instances where you’ve overcome challenges.

3. Gratitude and Appreciation:

Focus on what you have, rather than what you’ve lost. Cultivate a mindset of gratitude for the experiences, memories, and opportunities you were fortunate to have. Appreciate the beauty and richness of life despite the absence.

4. Seek Support and Connection:

Lean on your support network—family, friends, or a counselor. Sharing your feelings and receiving empathy can help ease the emotional burden. Surround yourself with positive and understanding individuals.

5. Engage in Self-Care:

Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Exercise, eat well, meditate, and engage in activities that bring you joy and peace. Self-care is crucial during difficult times.

6. Find Purpose and Meaning:

Channel your energy into meaningful activities or causes. Helping others or engaging in activities aligned with your values can bring a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

7. Develop a Positive Outlook:

Train your mind to find the silver lining in every situation. Focus on the potential opportunities for growth and learning that deprivation can bring. Believe that every ending is a new beginning.

8. Express Yourself Creatively:

Art, writing, music, or any creative outlet can be a way to express and release your emotions. It can also help you gain a new perspective on your experiences.

9. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation:

Mindfulness can help you stay in the present moment and reduce anxiety about the past or future. Meditation can provide emotional balance and clarity, aiding in dealing with loss.

10. Seek Professional Help:

If the grief and loss are overwhelming, consider seeking help from a mental health professional, such as a therapist or counselor, who specializes in grief and coping strategies.

Remember, healing takes time, and it’s important to be patient and gentle with yourself during this process. Each individual’s journey through loss and deprivation is unique, and finding what works best for you is essential.

Shafqat Jilani

Author: Shafqat Jilani
Shafqat Jilani is a corporate trainer, management consultant, life coach, motivational speaker, a behavioural psychologist and e-strategist with more than twenty fives years of professional working. He is working in IKTAR as country director for Pakistan.

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