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Written by Lexie Graf

 

Though being a funeral director is a rewarding job, it isn’t an easy one. They are often on-the-clock and always anticipating the next call. Along with this, they are managing the emotions of others while planning meaningful funeral services. After a while, this can take a toll on their mental health and lead to compassion fatigue, burnout, or vicarious trauma.

 

Since May is Mental Health Month, we wanted to share some ways funeral directors can improve their mental health. Of course, if you are struggling with any mental health concerns, you should also talk to your doctor.

 

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Make Mental Health a Priority

Your mental health should be just as much of a priority as your physical health. If you felt really sick you would go to the doctor, right? This should be the same when you feel prolonged anxiety, depression, or fatigue. Taking steps like self-care and seeing a doctor will improve your mental health and get you back to living in a healthy mental state.

 

Find Someone You Can Talk To

Though it is important and helpful to confide in family and friends, sometimes it’s also helpful to seek a professional. A professional counselor or therapist will have the knowledge to help you navigate your feelings, find coping strategies, and they can offer a new perspective.

 

Practice Self-Care

Self-care has become the buzzword for 2019, and for good reason. By taking care of yourself first, you will be able to take care of others without being spread too thin.

 

Exercising, cooking a healthy meal, taking a bubble bath, reading, meditating, hanging out with friends and family, and enjoying a hobby are all examples of self-care. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to self-care. You will need to decide which activities you find relaxing and which add to your stress.

 

Reflect on Your Day

Keeping a journal is a great way to look back at your day and to sort out your feelings. A journal is just for you, so you should feel free to vent all your thoughts without judgment. According to The Doctor Weighs In, journaling can increase levels of optimism, strengthen cognitive abilities, calm your mind, and so much more.