I lost a special person, and it is affecting my mental health. Please help.

Q. How to cope with mood swings due to the loss of loved ones?

Answered by
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 27, 2023

Hello doctor,

Three months ago I lost a very special person, and until this day I miss them so much that it is affecting my mental health. Sometimes I hate them, sometimes I love them, and it is like I have mood swings. Please help.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation and it is tough to deal with this type of phase in life. I am sorry about your special person. You may have pathological grief. There is non-pharmacological management for it, and you should try to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you.

1. You should exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes, like at least going for a walk.

2. You should do meditation for 20 minutes daily. Just sit in one place in a comfortable position and try to concentrate on your normal breathing. Do not stop or force yourself to stop your thoughts, just let them be. It will calm you.

3. You should eat healthy home-cooked foods, and avoid junk foods.

4. You must drink enough water.

5. You should spend quality time with friends and family daily, or do video calls if you are living away from your family.

6. You should spend time on creative hobbies like reading good books, writing journals, painting, drawing, and learning new skills, language, or musical instruments.

7. You should have 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily.

8. You must avoid tobacco, alcohol, or any substance abuse.

9. Do not stay alone. Keep yourself busy and active.

I hope that you get your answer. Please, let me know if you want some help.

Thank you.

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