10 Ways to Forgive Yourself and Heal From the Past

By Jennifer McDougall

“How do you change what you believe when your experience has convinced you otherwise? By creating a new experience. The best way for you to get that new experience is to change your response to what happens. By the natural law of cause and effect, that new response will create new results, which you will then experience as a new reality. To reach the goal of happiness, act as though the following statement is already true: Everything that happens to me is the best thing that can happen to me.”
― Chris Prentiss, Be Who You Want, Have What You Want

In order to move forward from anything, one must look at the problem square in the face and come to terms with what it is that is truly bothering you. Forgiveness is not always easy. It takes time, but when you’re ready to become free from the burden of events from the past, you will become stronger and wiser.

What is it from the event that you feel pain or regret about? When you finally let go of what it is you are holding on to from the past, no matter how recent or distant, you will begin to feel free and empowered to embrace the present moments as they come without the anxiety and discomfort you’ve been dragging around for far too long.

Forgiveness of any kind is process that requires grace to accept what is and let go of what was. One thing you must realize is you can’t necessarily go back in time, but you can pick yourself up and move forward with strength and dignity. Let those know close to you how you are feeling so you can lean on someone for support and encouragement. Here are 10 other ideas to forgive yourself completely and make peace with the past.

  1. Acknowledge the wrong you did and who it might have hurt
  2. Feel what you feel – write about it, speak about it, talk about it
  3. Take as much time for YOUrself to heal in every emotional, physical, mental and spiritual way
  4. Identify your top triggers so you can be more aware in the future to how you can better deal with them as they come up
  5. Meditate on letting go of your past, regrets, calming your anxieties, and healing your pain
  6. Get to work on making positive changes in your personal and professional life
  7. Practice deep breathing techniques to help relax and remain present
  8. Talk positively about others, your outlook, and how you thankful you are for what you have
  9. Get active – work out for an hour a day
  10. Stay sober and avoid consuming any drugs or alcohol to cope with your current condition

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