3 Steps To Protect Your Mental Health After Traumatic News

your triggers are it’s ok to let your family and friends know. Create healthy boundaries for yourself by requesting that they don’t send you anymore information or footage.

Create the space you need to feel better and give your family and friends the information they need to support you in doing this.

3. Be mindful of what you share.

Similar to creating boundaries for yourself, take a moment and think about others that may be working to do the same thing. Be mindful of the posts and information you share. Consider whether or not your content may be triggering to someone else and allow that to inform your decision on posting, or not.

Everyone processes and grieves differently and there are people following you that may not want to (or be ready to) share in your pain or outrage.

With all of these steps, and grieving in general, it’s important to remember it’s on your time. Don’t let anyone rush you through your process or tell you it’s time to get over it. Take your healing step by step and according to what feels good to you. You may feel heavy now as the information is new, but every day of progress will remove some weight and you’ll be able to get back to yourself.


Bryana Holcomb is the Editor of BlackDoctor.org and graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies, an MBA in Management Strategy, and Life Coaching and Nutrition certifications. Connect with Bryana on Instagram, @BryDelicia.


The 5 Stages Of Grief: How To Get Through It

older sad looking woman(BlackDoctor.org) — Death has a bad name in our culture, and it is all too often that a grieving person is told to “get over it”, “carry on”, or “be strong” in the midst of their grief.

While these bromides may be easy to say, they are generally unhelpful and can short-circuit or interrupt the very healthy grieving process of someone who’s lost a loved one.

Last week, my wife’s father died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 75. Diabetic, overweight, and prone to various dietary indulgences, his death was not entirely unexpected in the bigger picture, but one always feels that there’s more time, more visits, another Christmas, another family vacation or reunion down the road. His death was shocking on some levels, and the grieving began from the moment my wife received the call from her mother that he had indeed died.

Stages of Grief

The 5 Stages of Grief

As developed by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in the 1960s and 1970s, there are generally five widely accepted basic stages of