DEATH IS A BEGINNING IN A NEW FORM

COVID 19 has taken the lives of many of our loved ones.  Many of us felt the pain of helplessness when we realized our inability to arrange for treatment in time. Uncertainty and fear of catching the virus, after taking many precautions, are taking a toll on mental health. Depression invited by overthinking to combat the virus that is an invisible enemy is constantly keeping us alarmed. The death of loved ones in such a situation adds up to complexity. Depression caused by a loved one’s sudden death is difficult to tackle and overcome.

 

Through such situations, nature challenges us to change the perspective of seeing life. Otherwise, the endless worries, uncertainty, fear of losing loved ones will consume us and mental illness will destroy us faster than the virus.

 

There is a way to breakthrough this situation and live a free life. In this article, I want to focus on that way. The course is to change our vision of life.

 

soulmates touching after death

 

 

A Vision to see the Life:

 

The presence of the soul in the body marks the existence of life in it. A soul is a form of energy.  It is like electricity. When soul or spirit is in us, we are alive. Our body retains heat like a wire with heat when electricity flows through it. When the soul leaves the body, it gradually loses heat and the ability to move, just like the wire that comes to average temperature after stopping the flow of electricity. And just like a machine that stops working without electricity.

 

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can, however, be transferred from one location to another and converted to and from other forms of energy.

 

This law gives a base to both the believers and non-believers of the afterlife philosophy to create a vision followed by an action to combat the grief of losing loved ones.

 

The soul that left us is a form of energy and energythat cannot be destroyed but can be transformed into another state. This belief can help us realize the presence of our loved ones among us if it is followed by doing something very significant in their name to facilitate life on earth. It can be a practice of placing a bowl of water and grains for birds or sowing seed or planting a tree and watering it everyday to see it growing with life energy. Or we can plan something big involving many people suffering from the loss of their loved ones.

 

Believers in the afterlife philosophy can read books to understand the concept of the soul and its relation to the universe.

 

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Those who partially believe in the afterlife philosophy can delve deep into knowing the secrets of creation through the philosophies that connect science to spirituality. Understandingthe quantum world and quantum theories following by understanding the soul or the ‘self’ can create a new perspective to visualize the ‘Self’ and its dynamic relation with the universe. Here science will be like a ship and spirituality will serve as a compass to sail the ship to the island of a new vision to live a life connected with the whole of the universe. Such life can be free of loneliness.

 

The whole idea is to shift our consciousness from the grief of losing a loved one to carrying out a practice based on a vision or making efforts to know our relationship with the rest of the creation, can give our heart and mind a new ground to sow the seeds of peace in life.

How to Cope Up With Mental Stress?

Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.

 

After a traumatic event, people may have strong and lingering reactions. Learning healthy ways to cope and getting the right care and support can help reduce stressful feelings and symptoms.

 

The symptoms may be physical or emotional. Common reactions to a stressful event can include:

 

 

Disbelief:

Feelings of fear, shock, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration.

Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests.

Difficulty sleeping or nightmares, concentrating and making decisions

Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes

Worsening of chronic health problems

Worsening of mental health conditions

Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances

It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during traumatic events such as mass shootings, natural disasters, or pandemics.

Below are ways that you can help yourself, others, and your communities manage stress.

Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.

Connect with others. Talk with people external icons you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. If social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.

Avoid drugs and alcohol. These may seem to help, but they can create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.

 

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress:

Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reactions to stress. Here are some healthy ways you can deal with stress:

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be informed but hearing about the traumatic event constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple of times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.

Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out.

Take care of your body.

Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate external icon.

Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

Exercise regularly.

Get plenty of sleep.

Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.

 

 

Connect with others: Talk with people external icons you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Connect with your community:  or faith-based organizations. If social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.

Avoid drugs and alcohol:  These may seem to help, but they can create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.

Recognize when you need more help:  If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor.

Helping Others Cope:

Taking care of yourself can better equip you to take care of others. During times of social distancing, it is especially important to stay connected with your friends and family. Helping others cope with stress through phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely or isolated.

Helping Children and Youth Cope with Stress:

Children and youth often struggle with how to cope with stress. Youth can be particularly overwhelmed when their stress is connected to a traumatic event—like a natural disaster, family loss, school shootings, or community violence. Parents, caregivers, and educators can take steps to provide stability and support that help young people feel better.

 

 

Tips for Parents and Caregivers:

It is natural for children to worry when scary or stressful events happen in their lives. Talking to your children about these events can help put frightening information into a more balanced setting. Monitor what children see and hear about stressful events happening in their lives. Here are some suggestions to help children cope:

 

Maintain a normal routine:  Helping children wake up, go to sleep, and eat meals at regular times provide them a sense of stability.

Talk, listen, and encourage expression:  Listen to your child’s thoughts and feelings and share some of yours. After a traumatic event, it is important for children to feel they can share their feelings and that you understand their fears and worries.

Watch and listen. Be alert for any change in behavior: Any changes in behavior may be signs that your child is having trouble and may need support.

Stressful events can challenge a child’s sense of safety and security: Reassure your child about his or her safety and well-being. Discuss ways that you, the school, and the community are taking steps to keep them safe.

Connect with others: Talk to other parents and your child’s teachers about ways to help your child cope. It is often helpful for parents, schools, and health professionals to work together for the well-being of all children in stressful times.

 

 

Tips for Kids and Teens:

After a traumatic event, it is normal to feel anxious about your safety and security. Even if you were not directly involved, you may worry about whether this type of event may someday affect you. Check out the tips below for some ideas to help deal with these fears.

Talk to and stay connected to others: Talking with someone you trust can help you make sense out of your experience. If you are not sure where to turn, call your local crisis intervention center or a national hotline.

Take care of yourself:  Try to get plenty of sleep, eat right, exercise, and keep a normal routine.

Take information breaks:  Pictures and stories about a disaster can increase worry and other stressful feelings. Taking breaks from the news, Internet, and conversations about the disaster can help calm you down.

Tips for School Personnel:

School personnel can help their students restore their sense of safety by talking with the children about their fears. Other tips for school personnel include:

 

 

Reach out and talk: Create opportunities to have students talk, but do not force them. You can be a model by sharing some of your own thoughts as well as correct misinformation.

Watch and listen:  Be alert for any change in behavior. Are students withdrawing from friends? Acting out? These changes may be early signs that a student is struggling and needs extra support from the school and family.

Maintain normal routines: A regular classroom and school schedule can provide a sense of stability and safety. Encourage students to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities but do not push them if they seem overwhelmed.

Take care of yourself: You are better able to support your students if you are healthy, coping, and taking care of yourself first. Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out.