MADISON, Wis.—Oct. 26, 2022—When you lose a loved one, there are always a lot of changes. When that loss is your partner or spouse, those adjustments can become drastic. Coping with grief is difficult even in the best circumstances. Adjusting to living alone, and possibly parenting alone, means balancing your finances, maintaining your home, and caring for your well-being, all while dealing with the grief of your loss.
“It’s important to remember that there is no single set of rules or timeline for dealing with grief,” says Dr. Ken Robbins, Medical Director of Behavioral Health for WPS Health Solutions. “Everyone is going to cope differently. However, there are some needs that are universal. We all know what it feels like to be lonely and experience sadness. It’s vital that we address our mental health in times of grief.”
Tips for adjusting to living on your own:
Behavioral health focuses on behaviors, habits, thoughts, and actions that directly impact your mental and physical well-being. Seek treatment if you are experiencing loneliness, have increased anxiety, or think you may be depressed.
Behavioral health professionals have specialized training to help you understand your problems with an objective, independent viewpoint. They can help identify why you may feel unhappy, depressed, anxious, fearful, or in need of emotional help. They can also prescribe medicine—or connect you with someone who can determine if you need medication.