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Unlocking The Power Of Vishuddha Chakra: The Gift Of Divine Eloquence

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Vishuddha, or the throat chakra, is also known as the communication center. When it is not balanced, it can manifest itself in various ways, including excessive chatter, arrogance, dishonesty, timidity, fear, and a tendency to manipulate others. A person whose throat chakra is balanced has an excellent oratory talent, knows how to express himself in a balanced way, is a good listener that can hear and understand, and knows how to establish harmony between emotions and thoughts.

In this article, I want to share with you what you could be capable of if you unlocked the power of your Throat chakra. I will share the most effective practices you can use to tap into the full potential of your voice and increase your oratory abilities. Are you already excited? Let’s dive into this!

What Is Vishuddha?

Vishuddha can be translated into English as “especially pure”.

Vishuddhi, or Vishuddha, essentially means filter. If your Vishuddhi is active, it filters everything. Poisons can enter you in many ways – a wrong thought, emotion, idea, energy, or impulse can poison your life. An active Vishuddhi saves you from all these influences. In other words, once your Vishuddhi is active, whatever happens around you will not have an impact on you anymore. You will be established within yourself. And you tend to become a powerful being. 

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Vishuddha is the fifth primary chakra positioned at the throat area, near the spine. Due to its position, it is known as the throat chakra.

Hindu tradition describes this chakra as a white color sphere with sixteen purple or smoke-colored petals. Within the sphere, there is a sky-blue downward pointing triangle containing a circular white region like the full moon. This represents the element of akasha or “aether.”

Usually, Vishuddha is depicted as a circle with 16 petals, each containing a Sanskrit letter describing the positive qualities of the individual. There is a triangle inscribed in the circle, the top of which looks down. Inside the triangle there is another small circle, symbolizing the Ether and the Moon.

Vishuddha is a symbol of purity, a morning-blooming Lotus flower that concentrates perfection and beauty.

Through the throat center, we express our thoughts and talents, achieve the highest form of self-expression. The throat chakra is an insight, an observation of the essence of life without any illusions, a kind of creative ecstasy.

The throat chakra is considered the driving force of human talents. The best poems, paintings, and music are created through the power of Vishuddha.

By means of the “Divine eloquence” that Vishuddha bestows, we are able to transcend any external limitations, to unite the inner and physical worlds in our own essence.

What Is Vishuddha Responsible For?

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The throat chakra is responsible for:

  • communication;
  • self-expression;
  • interaction with the surrounding world;
  • hearing and trusting the inner voice;
  • the process of self-identification;
  • the “birth” of a unique personality;
  • the originality of thinking;
  • inspiration;
  • creative potential;
  • honesty;
  • forgiveness;
  • oratory potential;
  • the ability to listen to others and understand them;
  • confidence;
  • informational and energetical influence;
  • charisma;
  • charm;
  • beautiful speech;
  • eloquence;
  • creative expression of feelings;
  • courage to express feelings and emotions, speak own truth;
  • vocal potential;
  • the ability to see the beauty in simple things;
  • moral beauty and responsibility;
  • the manifestation of personality;
  • ability to keep secrets;
  • the purity of thought and hearing;
  • a clear expression of thoughts when communicating.

Also, Vishuddha is responsible for the health of such organs as:

  • cervical department;
  • vocal cords;
  • the thyroid and parathyroid glands;
  • jaws;
  • teeth;
  • the upper part of the lungs;
  • shoulders, arms, muscles;
  • ears;
  • throat;
  • nose.

All diseases related to the ears, throat, nose, teeth, as well as allergic rhinitis, weak immune system, lung and bronchial diseases, stuttering, diseases of the oral cavity, bad breath, inflammation of the thyroid gland, are a small fraction of the problems associated with an imbalance of the throat chakra.

Blocked, Closed & Unbalanced Throat Chakra

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If you find it difficult to express your true feelings and thoughts, or you lack confidence in expressing your own ideas and visions, that could be a sign of blocked or unbalanced Throat chakra.

If your fifth chakra is closed or blocked, you probably often experience frustration when it comes time to express your true feelings. You may feel like you can’t find the right words to share what you feel with others. It also could be hard for you to tell people what you want or don’t want, what you like and don’t like. You may feel like it’s not important to express your true feelings because it may seem like nobody cares.

Throat chakra can be also affected by different forms of fear. Do you feel like you might be ridiculed for sharing your ideas? Or maybe you are afraid to offend someone with your truthfulness? Such fears can be also the symptoms of blocked Throat chakra.

Another symptom of unbalanced Throat chakra is a desire to stay away from people, inability to enjoy any communication with others.

Problems with the fifth chakra often lead to a number of physical ailments that include thyroid disease, hearing problems, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, tinnitus, bronchitis, asthma, and ear infections.

These are some other symptoms of imbalanced Throat chakra:

  • difficulty in expressing thoughts;
  • fear of public speaking;
  • profanity;
  • grumbling;
  • lie;
  • criticism and self-criticism.

How to Balance Vishuddha?

Now let me share with you the most effective practices and tips for opening and balancing your Throat chakra.

#1: Breathing Exercises

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Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.

Focus on your breathing. Inhale through the nose, then the air should pass through the back of the throat to the lungs.

Now slowly exhale through your mouth.

Repeat this exercise for at least 8 times.

#2: Guided Meditation

Guided meditation can be an excellent tool for opening and balancing your Throat chakra.

#3: Yantra Meditation

Yantra is a unique mystical symbol used for meditation. Yantra for the Throat chakra is a triangle pointing downwards. Inside the triangle, there is a circle. When you’re meditating on Vishuddha yantra you activate a powerful healing energy that helps you to heal and balance your Throat chakra.

Vishuddha Yantra Meditation

For performing a Vishuddha Yantra meditation you need a picture of a Vishuddha Yantra. You can draw it by hand, print it, or use a video animation.

Take a pose for meditation. The spine should be straight. Place the picture of the yantra next to you so that you can see it well.

Start focusing on the yantra. The three sides of the triangle represent the past, present, and future. The circle inside the triangle indicates the dormant psychic abilities in each of us. We get our freedom when we manage to open the throat chakra. However, your main attention should be focused on the continuation of spiritual development and the acquisition of Divine consciousness.

Now it is time to think about your ways of communicating with others. What kind of atmosphere do you create around you? Are you ready to deepen your communication with others?

In the following days, watch your behavior. What and how do you say? What do you bring to the surrounding space — goodness or disharmony?

After completing your thoughts, sit still for a couple of minutes.

#4: Color Visualization

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Close your eyes and visualize beautiful bright blue light. Inhale as you visualize this light and imagine that this light fills the area of your throat with cleansing and healing energy. When you exhale, imagine that you are relieving stress and tension. Keep doing this visualization for at least 10 minutes.

#5: Yoga

When practicing yoga, focus on the asanas that help to open and heal your throat chakra:

1. Shoulder stand is an inverted yoga pose that stretches the back of the neck while strengthening the spine and core muscles.

2. Plow pose is a yoga posture that strengthens and lengthens the back and neck.

3. Sasangasana is a kneeling forward bend which rounds the back as much as possible to lengthen the spine and create space in the thoracic region of the back.

4. Bhujangasana is a reclining back-bending asana in hatha yoga.

#6: Matsya Mudra

Matsya is the Sanskrit word for “fish” and mudra means “a gesture of the hand”. Practicing this mudra will not only help you to balance your Vishuddha chakra but also increases your memory, clears your mind, and provides relaxation and serenity.

Instructions:

  1. sit in any comfortable seating posture and place the hands with palms pointing upwards on the thighs or the knees.
  2. Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths with the awareness of the breathing process.
  3. Bring the fingers of both of your hands together with thumbs extended. 
  4. Stack the right hand on top of the left with thumbs extended. 
  5. Hold your hands in front of your abdomen or relax them onto your lap.
  6. Relax and breathe. 
  7. While holding the mudra repeat these words: “Bathed in waves of nourishing energy, my body moves freely and comfortable”.

It is recommended to practice this mudra for 10-15 minutes three times a day.

#7: Mantra Chanting

Vishuddha chakra mantra is “HAM”. When you’re chanting the mantra you need to feel the vibration in the area of your throat chakra.

To perform HAM mantra for your throat chakra healing you need to:

  1. take a deep breath;
  2. at the moment of exhalation, open your lips and sing the beginning of the mantra: “ha-a-a…»;
  3. close your lips and sing the ending: “m-m-m-m»;
  4. then take another breath and repeat the cycle.

While singing the mantra feel the expanding of the throat chakra. Visualize that the neck and throat are filled with pure blue light. Continue for at least 5 minutes.

At the end of the exercise, you will feel the energy pulsating in the neck area. It is a sign of the throat chakra activation.

#8: Journaling

If your chakra is blocked it might be very difficult to speak out your truth and share your feelings with others. You can try journaling instead.

Journaling is a mindful practice that’s been shown to reduce stress and anxiety as well as to help people to express their feelings and emotions through writing.

It is very beneficial to write down all your thoughts, feelings, and emotions, especially if you don’t feel comfortable sharing them with others. Writing will help you remove the block from your throat, especially if you will read what you wrote out loud.

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#9: Crystal Healing

Another powerful tool for opening your throat chakra is crystal healing. You can use crystals during your meditations or Reiki sessions. Just place the crystal on your Throat during your energy healing – it will increase the effect of the session.

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Another option is to wear a necklace with one of Throat chakra crystals.

Vishuddha chakra crystals:

  • lapis lazuli;
  • blue calcite;
  • aquamarine;
  • turquoise;
  • sodalite;
  • amazonite;
  • blue tourmaline.

#10: Healing Power Of Nature

The element of Vishuddha chakra is ether. Therefore spending time outside under the blue sky is already healing itself. Spend more time outside, surround yourself with nature, looking and meditating on the blue sky.

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#11: Aromatherapy

Using aromatherapy is another wonderful tool you can use for balancing your Vishuddha chakra. Essential oils can help you to remove blocks and heal your Throat chakra. For this purpose, you can use sandalwood and lavender essential oils.

You can use these oils in the aromatherapy diffuser, add them to your massage oil, or burn them in the aromatherapy essential oils burner.

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The Bottom Line

Each chakra represents a spiritual life lesson to help us gain a more in-depth understanding of our inner potential and power. Vishuddha is connected to the way we express our life with utmost authenticity. It is about communicating our thoughts, true feelings, and intentions clearly and accurately. The main lesson that Vishuddha teaches us is how to expand our voice and will power.

It also teaches us how to see the truth beyond maya (illusion), how to vocalize our authentic self, and how to stop lying to ourselves. When we activate the Vishuddha Chakra, we drop the importance of social conditioning and we awaken to our true human potential.

Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Chakra Frequencies: 7 Powerful Tones For Sound Healing

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Our chakras play an essential role in how we feel and function mentally, physically, and emotionally. When we align the seven main chakras, we feel whole and fulfilled. You must also be aware that there are over 100 chakras in the human body. However, we need to align the seven main chakras arranged along the spine for a peaceful and harmonious feel in the body.

There are ways you can restore unaligned and blocked chakras in your body. One sure way to do it is to use chakra frequencies. In this article, we look at how you can use Chakra frequencies to regain perfect Chakra alignment.

What are Chakra Frequencies? 

Chakra frequencies are a type of sound therapy that comprises vibrational tones, sound, and music to enhance your emotional and physical well-being.

This kind of sound healing typically entails calm and soothing music and sounds such as:

  • Tuning forks;
  • Indian classical music;
  • Tibetan singing bowls.

To activate Chakras the sound therapists use specific sound frequencies to activate different chakras.

Activating the Chakras and Solfeggio Frequencies 

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Solfeggio frequencies are the sound frequencies associated with chakras. These sound frequencies vibrate at a specific Hz frequency while interacting with your brain to create desired results throughout the body.

Since ancient times, the Gregorian monks of Western Christianity and Eastern Indian religions use Solfeggio frequencies to promote stress relief, body calmness, and relaxation.

Despite being used in ancient times, these frequencies became popular in the 70s. Dr. Joseph Puleo discovered that six vibrational tones could create harmony in the body. He also found that these harmonies could heal the body and mind and eliminate subconscious negative beliefs.

Here are the six frequencies that Dr. Joseph Puleo discovered:

  • 396 Hz – This sound resonates with the root chakra. It can help eliminate trauma, fear, and guilt.  
  • 417 Hz – We associate this frequency with the sacral Chakra. It is great for taking your creativity to the next level. It is also instrumental in bringing positive change. 
  • 528 Hz – This Solfeggio frequency is vital in transforming cellular functions. You can use it to create a better neural path to the brain, which is connected to the solar plexus chakra
  • 639 Hz – This Solfeggio frequency is linked to the heart chakra. It is excellent for transforming your love and intimacy in life
  • 741 Hz – This tone is associated with the throat chakra. It is the ideal tone to choose to improve self-confidence, esteem, and communication skills. 
  • 852 Hz – We link this frequency to the third eye Chakra. It is vital for people who would love to improve their mental clarity and brain function.

Using the Solfeggio Frequencies to Heal the Chakras

The resonation of the Solfeggio frequencies has a significant positive impact on the chakras. For instance, the Schuman low-frequency resonance effectively promotes the synchronization of the higher brain. This is effective for your brain health as it matches the different brainwave states.

Here are ways different Solfeggio frequencies heal different chakras:

The Root Chakra

We associate the Muladhara, also called the Root chakra, with stability and security. Having this Chakra aligned guarantees you better success at having all basic needs. The root chakra vibrates at 396 Hz. This smooth vibrational tone is composed of long wavelengths that produce soothing sounds.

You can also listen to 396 Hz music to eliminate fear and guilt. It may also free you from negative emotions and feelings. If you want to eliminate fear and guilt while restoring courage and strength, we recommend sound that vibrates at 396 Hz.

Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is also called the Svadhistahana. This chakra governs our intimacy, sensuality, and sexuality. If you have these qualities right, you can easily connect with your passion in life. You can also achieve high levels of creativity.

The sacral Chakra vibrates at 417 Hz. If you want to drop the creativity block, listen to 417 Hz Chakra music. This frequency is also great for seeking to heal sexual and personal trauma.

When it comes to the physical, this sound can help relieve tension from body parts such as joints and muscles, especially around the hips. With this, you can quickly improve your mobility and flexibility.

Solar Plexus Chakra

The Manipura chakra, or the solar plexus, is associated with how we view ourselves. If the solar plexus chakra is balanced, you will have willpower, high self-confidence, and belief in yourself. You will be more determined to pursue your goals.

This Chakra vibrates at a frequency of 528 Hz. Listening to music at this frequency can make you more resilient while pursuing your goals. With this, you can ease anxiety and physical tension and improve your digestive health.

Heart Chakra

The Anahata chakra, or the heart chakra, is essential in decision-making. It can help you resolve things such as family or relationship disagreements. The correct heart chakra frequencies set you for more gratitude, compassion, forgiveness, joy, and empathy. You also open your heart more to receive and give love.

The heart chakra vibrates at a deep tone of 639 Hz. This frequency will connect your mind to your most vulnerable spots. This makes it practical for you to create and maintain peaceful and healthy platonic and romantic relationships.

Throat Chakra

The Vishuddha chakra, or the throat chakra, is the center of expressing ourselves. It helps us build qualities such as clear communication skills, which include expressing ourselves well while still being able to listen and welcome other people’s opinions.

If you are afraid of expressing or standing up for yourself, you may need to activate your throat chakra, which vibrates at 741 Hz. This vibration will boost your confidence and empower you to speak and stand your truth.

On the physical side, this frequency is effectively eliminating toxins and bacterial and viral infections.

Third Eye Chakra

We associate the third eye chakra, or the Ajna, with spiritual and physical vision. This chakra gives better and stronger eyesight on the worldly and physical levels. On a spiritual level, the third eye chakra opens up our vision to allow us to connect with guidance from our higher beings.

The third eye chakra vibrates at a frequency of 852 Hz. Listening to meditation music on this frequency can help make you more open-minded to view your mind and the world from a different perspective.

Crown Chakra

The crown chakra is the one to focus on if you want to deepen your spiritual roots.

This chakra, otherwise called the Sahasrara, is excellent for:

  • Taking the ego under control;
  • Understanding ourselves better;
  • Re-connecting with our Higher-self;
  • Attuning to a Higher consciousness;
  • Strengthening our connection with God;
  • Creation of deeper connections with nature.

The crown chakra has the highest frequency on the Solfeggio scale; it has a frequency of 963 Hz. These high vibrational tones have short wavelengths that will make you more conscious of the things around you. 

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What Is Betrayal Trauma? The Signs and Tips to Start Healing

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When someone you love and trust betrays you, it can make you doubt your sanity. Betrayal can be so traumatic you may even show early signs of PTSD. Think of the times a spouse discovers that their partner is cheating on them or into porn addiction. Or when a parent realizes a child is an alcoholic or drug addict. Such discoveries make you go through shock, denial, and other long-term emotional scars that strain the relationship. So, what is betrayal trauma? And, how can you manage and heal from it? Let’s have a detailed look.

Understanding Betrayal Trauma

Betrayal trauma occurs when people or systems we trust or rely on for survival violate that trust and emotional wellbeing. Ideally, we feel the urge to end a relationship with anyone who betrays us. Still, if you are in an attachment relationship where you rely on the betrayer to meet specific needs, walking away is not feasible.

It is this attachment to someone or an institution that you know is betraying you, that triggers deep emotional wounds. Typical examples of betrayal trauma include child neglect and abuse, sexual abuse, and infidelity between spouses.

6 Signs You Are Undergoing Betrayal Trauma

Betrayal trauma makes us question ourselves and our partners’ motives. It also triggers mood swings, irritability, memory loss, dissociation, isolation, lack of intimacy, and engaging in activities that distract us. Below are some additional tell-tale physiological, emotional, and mental signs of betrayal trauma: –

#1: Feeling Unsafe

When you identify the relationship with your spouse, friend, or workmates as a lie, the deception violates your trust. Moreover, you begin to question your judgment about other relationships you may have at the moment.

Emotional insecurity makes us: –

  • Struggle to open up on hard topics
  • Get defensive when criticized
  • Snoop around for clues or anything suspicious
  • Agreeing to everything
  • Blaming a partner for everything
  • Faking happy moments

#2: Gaslighting Partners

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Now, partners living a double life will do all they can to keep their other relationships a secret. At times, they may gaslight their spouses to make them question their perception of reality. For example, they claim you are overreacting when you ask about the numerous withdrawals from the family bank account. Likewise, they may blame you for triggering their short tempers, saying you changed after having kids.

#3: Self-Blame

Now, betrayal trauma makes us look inwards for answers. In hindsight, we end up blaming ourselves for being too busy and overlooking the red flags. You know, your partner’s sudden controlling behavior, deceit, gaslighting, verbal or physical abuse, and concerns by your friends or family members.

But since you love and trust your partner, wishful thinking and infatuation make you overlook all these tell-tale signs that something is amiss. Consequently, we blame ourselves, saying if only we were more attractive, loving, or had more money, the betrayal wouldn’t have happened.

#4: Overwhelming Secondary Guilt or Shame

If you hold a reputable leadership position in your community, church, school, or place of work, betrayal comes with overwhelming shame. Letting those around you know that you’re going through a divorce, or your child is a drug addict, or your parent is facing theft charges ruins the picture-perfect reputation you have. In addition, your feel ashamed for crying or not being strong enough for your kids during this challenging phase.

#5: Physical Distress

Typical physical signs of betrayal trauma include: –

  • Sudden panic attacks
  • Stomach distress
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Easily prone to panic attacks by external triggers
  • Nightmares
  • Poor hygiene
  • Tiredness

Some physiological effects of betrayal trauma like tiredness and stomach upsets may resolve after a few weeks. Others like anxiety and depression can escalate into mental health complications unless addressed early.  

#6: Self-Destructive Impulses

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When undergoing betrayal trauma, you become vulnerable to negative impulses like: –

  • Having suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Excessive smoking
  • Chronic self-injury like hair pulling, self-cutting, & nail-biting
  • Compulsive gambling, gaming, or shopping
  • Binge eating

Most victims know they are self-destructive. However, the urge to harm themselves is beyond their control.

Managing Betrayal Trauma

#1: Speak Up

Join community groups or online support forums and share your painful experiences with others. Doing so helps you know that you are not alone. Plus, you access valuable resources to help you cope with the trauma.

#2: Acknowledge Your Emotions

Start by forgiving yourself for being vulnerable to the abuser. Next, practice mindful meditation to help you release your negative emotions and begin your healing process. Journalizing how you feel each day will help you pinpoint the triggers in your self-harm behaviors or what you need to focus on in your healing journey.

#3: Practice Self-Love

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Is your lifestyle self-destructive? Here are some self-love practices you can start right away: –

  • Practice clean eating
  • Quit smoking
  • Join your local gym
  • Go for a massage or forest bath
  • Take up a new hobby

Self-love helps us rediscover ourselves, boosting our self-esteem.

#4: Set Boundaries

Setting healthy boundaries after your spouse, friend, or colleague hurts you helps to achieve a sense of safety when around them. It is a necessary coping mechanism when you have no way of ending the relationship. Hence, you can: –

  • Review your expectations from the relationship
  • State what you can and cannot tolerate in the relationship
  • Discuss what you consider acceptable financial boundaries
  • Redefine how much friends and extended family can interfere with the relationship
  • Define what you consider as private

#5: Seek Professional Help

Betrayal trauma presents itself in a multilayer form that is best dealt with by an experienced professional. Indeed, an inexperienced family member may re-traumatize you by saying such things as “Did you stop getting intimate after having kids? Also, talk to an experienced family therapist or counselor about how the trauma affects your quality of life.

Conclusion

What is betrayal trauma to you? Well, if you experience an attachment injury when a friend, spouse, or colleague breaks the mutual trust you have, you may develop deep wounds that take time to heal. If your gut feelings tell your partner or parent is gaslighting you, they could be doing so to distract you from their deception. Likewise, if you feel unsafe, struggle with guilt, self-blame, or self-harm behaviors, seek professional help to heal from the trauma. Also, share your experience, rediscover yourself, and set firm boundaries to give you some peace of mind in this challenging time.

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Signs of Complicated Grief and How to Overcome It

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Grief is how we respond to losing our loved ones. It is a feeling accompanied by a lot of sorrow, pain, and numbness. Grieving can be devastating and draining both mentally and physically. Unfortunately, many people still face it every other day.

Now, with normal grief, people accept the new gap in their life and learn to live with it. For some people, the wound gradually fades off, and soon after, they pick a new routine. Many will embrace the recent change and learn to live with the scar.

However, this is not usually the case for all. Not everyone experiences normal grief. Some people experience complicated grief, which takes an even more significant toll on them.

What Are the Differences Between Normal Grief and Complicated Grief?

Complicated grief is also called complicated bereavement disorder. With normal grief, the pain, numbness, and sorrow fade with time. No, we do not get over the death of our loved ones. We learn to live with it.

The situation is different with complicated grief. The pain, sorrow, and numbness do not fade away with time. They stick longer and prevent you from resuming your day-to-day activities.

How Long Does It Take for It to Be Considered Complicated Grief?

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It is essential to know that grief is different for everyone. People have different coping mechanisms to go through the loss of their loved ones. However, many psychologists agree that if the grief remains intense beyond 12 months after the bereavement, it can be considered complicated grief.

Some state that if the feelings are still unbearable six months to 1 year after the death, it is not normal grief. However, no rule is written in stone, and no scientific research states when grief graduates from ordinary to complicated.

Signs and Symptoms of Complicated Grief

If you cannot seem to gather enough will and power to pick up your routine after the loss of your loved one months after it happened, you are most likely experiencing complicated grief.

 Here are some other symptoms to watch out for:

#1: Poor mental health

Complicated grief is graced with depression, stress, and anxiety issues. These could manifest themselves in many ways, such as deteriorating hygiene or not being interested in activities you liked.

#2: You focus on nothing more than the death of your loved one

If you cannot seem to concentrate on anything else apart from the memories or what would have happened if they didn’t die, you may be experiencing complicated grief. This may also come out as an intense longing for the deceased.

#3: Feeling that life no longer has meaning

This is a familiar feeling shortly after you lose your loved one. However, if you feel like you have no more purpose living months after your loved one’s passing, you are experiencing it. You may also notice that you lack interest in any form of self-care.

#4: Bitterness about the loss

This may come out as intense feelings of anger. Sometimes, the blame game and the what-ifs may cloud your judgment.

#5: Suicidal thoughts

Many victims start experiencing suicidal thoughts since they feel like life has no more purpose.

#6: Overindulgence or escapism

This may come out as doing everything you can to avoid items or people that will remind you of your loved one. The opposite is also a sign of complicated grief, which happens when all you want to do is be around things that remind you of them.

You may also experience the following signs:

  • Lack of sleep or inability to stay awake;
  • Physical body pain;
  • Lack of appetite or poor eating habits;
  • Weakened immune system.

Causes

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You are probably wondering why some people manage their grief more gracefully while others have a difficult time. As we have stated earlier, grief intensity is different for everyone. Besides, there are no definite causes of complicated grief. However, the following situations put people at more risk:

  • The sudden or unexpected death of a loved one;
  • Witnessing the death;
  • Not getting a chance to spend the last moments with the loved one or not being present when it happened;
  • Experiencing more than one death over a short period;
  • People with a history of mental illnesses;
  • Not being able to iron out differences with our loved ones before they die; 
  • People with a history of substance abuse.

Treatment

Treating complicated grief involves accepting the death and taking steps to start healing the wounds. It may take time and patience, but it is a sure way to bounce back on your feet. Here are some steps to help.

#1: Bereavement therapy

The first reason you need bereavement therapy is that mental health issues typically accompany complicated grief.

 Secondly, a bereavement therapist will guide you on the steps to:

  • Accept the death;
  • Gain a better understating of your grief and mental state;
  • Cope with the loss of your loved one.

You can also join bereavement groups to get support from people who have been where you are.

#2: Talk it out

It would help if you got all the feelings and emotions out. Do not bottle them in. Lean on friends and relatives that can give you a listening ear and hold your hand.

Of course, you want to stick to friends who can let you be you. Be careful; words like “I understand your pain; I have been there” can take you back on your healing journey. Just surround yourself with friends that will let you grieve it out.

In short, don’t confide in friends that invalidate your grief. It makes your grief even more difficult. 

#3: Practice mindfulness

We do not get over complicated grief by avoiding the feelings. Facing it is the best way out. Mindfulness will help you face grief a day at a time. It is an excellent way to feel what you feel without disrupting or avoiding it. Practice mindful breathing and walking meditations to keep your mental and physical health in check while going through a difficult time.

Mindfulness can also involve journaling your life and your loved one’s life. You can even celebrate their life through a scrapbook. Mindfulness is one great way to deal with your grieving emotions head-on and learn to come to terms with life events. 

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Dopamine fasting has recently been gaining a lot of traction. Many people who have done it say it is an...

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Emotional Exhaustion: The Tell-Tale Signs & How to Deal With It

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We all know most commercial tubes of toothpaste contain fluoride, right? Did you also know that since 1962 PHS (Public...

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Feng Shui Astrology For December 2022: What to Expect This Month?

Feng Shui astrology is based on the Chinese calendar. The dates of the beginning and the end of the months are...

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