Dealing With Grief: Healthy Strategies for Long-Term Healing

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Dealing With Grief: Healthy Strategies for Long-Term Healing

Losing someone is one of the most challenging life experiences out there. But research by the American Psychological Association shows that most people recover from loss if they have healthy habits and social support aiding them in the process. If you’ve been looking for healing in these difficult times, just know that you alone can contribute to your long-term health. Here, Bridges to Empowerment demonstrates how. 

Comfort in Others

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when dealing with grief is sequestering yourself. Yes, we understand the instinct to shut yourself off from the world and build fences. However, it is vital to put yourself out of your comfort zone and reach out to others in times of difficulty. There is something nurturing and comforting in talking out your emotions to loved ones. In addition, maintaining your social contacts is one of the most critical factors influencing life fulfillment and happiness levels, so it’s well worth it. 

Work Out Those Emotions

Exercising is a simple enough habit, but it packs a significant punch. In addition to boosting your longevity and maintaining your overall functioning, working out is also an effective tool in navigating periods of difficulty. The exercise task gives you something to focus on instead of ruminating on the past. In addition, it helps release ‘happy hormones,’ which promote feelings of adrenaline and serotonin to leave you feeling your best.

Take Care of a Furry Friend

A study by HABRI revealed that 97% of patients showed improved mental health after interacting with animals. You can’t help but smile when you see a grumpy cat or cute dog, and these emotions help relieve stress and lift our mood. Animal companionship has calming effects on us and keeps our bodies and minds healthy. In addition, the act of being responsible for a living thing increases our sense of purpose. This can help offset the depression or loneliness you may feel after losing a loved one.

Find Fulfillment

According to an article by NBC, Americans are the unhappiest they’ve been in 50 years. The study reports that a significant reason for this statistic is that individuals remain unfulfilled in their careers. Thus, to boost your happiness, you need to find rewarding and meaningful work that induces passion. If you’re stumped for ideas, look to your hobbies. If you enjoy crafting, management, pet sitting – whatever it is – pursue it. Life is too short not to work towards a fulfilling career! From there, you can build a monetizable business. Be sure to form an LLC for your new business, too, as this will afford you limited liability, tax benefits, and reduced paperwork. Next, do some research on how LLC’s operate in your area, as the regulations can differ from state to state.

Embrace Your Emotions

Our last tip is to embrace your emotions for all they are. Grief is a particularly tumultuous life experience, and you will have waves of negative feelings. The best thing you can do for your mental health is register those feelings, embrace them, and not overthink them. It isn’t weak or abnormal to feel these feelings, nor is it a matter of shame. Instead, these feelings will come and go with time. Mindful activities like meditation and journaling can help you process your emotions faster, which can aid the process of healing and recovery.

There isn’t a shortcut through grief and the confusing emotions of loss. Getting through the other side can seem like an upward battle, but healthy strategies along the way help you get to the finish line faster. Habits create a routine that keeps you occupied and focused on the future rather than the past. So be sure to try some of these healing strategies – we promise you’ll feel better. 

Experiencing a rough life patch? Bridges to Empowerment offers learning tools to increase well-being and reduce stress. Be sure to check out our classes, events, and mentoring for a happier, more empowered you. 

Authored by Camille Johnson

Camille Johnson created after she went through the ups and downs of the
bereavement process following the loss of her parents and husband. With the help of her friend
who was experiencing a loss of her own, she learned how to grieve the healthy way. This made
her realize that there is no one way to grieve, but it is important to do it in a way that supports your physical and mental health.

Upcoming Healing Arts Project Community Sessions

As we welcome the spring season, join Bridges To Empowerments for a time of learning to draw or paint the butterfly as a spiritual practice. The butterfly teaches us to use the changes within our lives to propel our personal and spiritual growth. As we enter spring and leave winter behind us, it is a great time to think about what beliefs or behaviors we would like to leave behind and what new ways of being we would like to foster moving forward. Learn about the symbology, stories, and mythology behind the butterfly as you draw the butterfly to help support your growth.

To sign up for one of our zoom sessions on the butterfly, click on link below to RSVP for time that works best for you and we will send you a zoom link for that date

Adult Group Sessions

For Wednesday May 19th at 6 pm mountain time click here

For Sunday May 16th at 2 pm mountain time click here

Butterfly Session for children and teens

For Sunday May 16th times for children and teens click here

Join Us For Learning And Sharing On Different Spiritual Practices

This is an Interfaith Group that meets the 1st Sunday of the Month at 5 pm to discuss spirituality and learn about different practices that may help you on your own spiritual path. Join us by entering you email information below to get added to our zoom meeting list.

Drawing The Lion As A Practice In Cultivating Courage

Jilian’s whale (A student)

Join us on December 17th at 6 pm to help to in touch with the courage you need to move forward in life.

Please use RSVP form below to sign up below for email with zoom link

Healing Arts Project Donation

Suggested donation of $5 -10 dollars per person. However everyone is welcome with or without a donation


Drawing The Dove As A Spiritual Practice In Cultivating Hope During Difficult Times

Join us Next Wednesday July 22 at 6 pm mountain time on zoom to learn how to draw a dove while also learning about the various messages the dove has inspired within various cultures and religions to teach us about creating hope during difficult times. Register for this class here or down below

Creating art is not just for artists, it is for everybody who wants to express themselves, reduce stress, and connect to their own spirituality. Learn how art can become a spiritual practice that gives you the tools for a more empowered future. You can do these classes with simply a pencil and paper or whatever paints/pens you have. No artistic experience or talent needed. 

Everyone is welcome, but donations appreciated.

Art Journal Wednesday: Merging art, myth, spirituality, and mindfulness practices

Creating art is not just for artists, it is for anybody who wants to express themselves, reduce stress, and connect to their own spirituality. Learn how art can become a spiritual practice that gives you the tools for a more empowered future. You can do these classes with simply a pencil and paper or whatever paints/pens you have. No artistic experience or talent needed. Just like life, when you are faced with a challenge, the more you break it down into small manageable parts, the easier it becomes to accomplish something amazing. This class is about using art to access your spirituality, process life, reduce stress, and learn empowerment skills and practices. 

Please use registration form below to sign up for our next Art Journal Wednesday from 5:45-7:00 pm mountain time on June 24th, and we will send you a zoom link to our next class or contact us for more information. Everyone is welcome, but donations appreciated.

This next session, we will learn about how drawing the giraffe becomes a Practice in Gaining Perspective. This giraffe was drawn by one of our program participants to help her see life from a different viewpoint.

Art Journal Wednesday: merging art, myth, and mindfulness practices

Join us May 27th at 5:45 Mountain standard time for our next session where we will be drawing the elephant as a mindfulness practice. Learn about what the elephant can teach us about managing grief and loss. Please email to register for this class and receive zoom log in info.

Sacredness Through Art and Symbols Wednesday The 29th

Explore how the hummingbird helps our reliance in challenging times, draw your own sacred hummingbird, and share with others Wednesday the 29th at 5:45 pm mountain time.

Art helps our emotional and spiritual body to speak when words are inadequate. Symbols bind us to a universal language of humanity’s struggle. Together these form Bridges to Empowerments Healing Notes Project: using art, learning, and sharing to form a circle of care and kindness.

No artistic ability required. Please have a pencil and paper and paints or drawing pens if available handy.

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.