K - Keep Busy
It’s one of the Grief Recovery Method 6 Myths of Grief.
It is only natural to want to distract yourself by Keeping Busy - and doing other activities when you would have spent that time with your pet.
It is OK to do this, as long as it is not becoming unhealthy, ie Over or Under doing things, like sleep, eating, working, shopping, using Alcohol or other drugs as a coping tool, using Social Media, or exercising.
Many people have worked themselves into exhaustion trying to stay busy to avoid feeling the pain of the loss that affects them.
I have heard suggestions from well meaning people; try volunteering at an animal shelter or sanctuary. Although this is a wonderful idea, it tends to be a short term distraction, and many feel sad and upset when they get home because they can't spend time with their pets.
Keeping Busy does have an upside, It can be another name for Self care. It can be a way to recover from the grieving and the sadness. And as discussed in previous blogs, Self care doesn't necessarily have to mean Meditation and Herbal Teas... Finding anywhere between 5 or 60 minutes to do something YOU really love to do.
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