If you bruised your knees, they could heal fast.
An emotional wound, however, could linger for a very long time.
A broken relationship, a traumatic experience, or a limiting belief in yourself could all add weight to your emotional baggage. They are absolutely hard to deal with and they can prevent you from living a joy-filled life.
While healing from your emotional wounds is a challenging journey, remember that you have the power to change your story! Here are 5 tips to help you let go of your past and thrive your way through emotional healing:
1. Acknowledge your emotional wound
Do your emotional wounds hijack your creativity, productivity, and even the way you think? Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge and accept your pain.
Being honest to yourself and accepting that you have these painful wounds are powerful keys to your healing.
It doesn’t have to be a Level 10 kind of a pain to be called difficult – it could be the little things: a childhood memory, stress at work, hurtful words, or just day-by-day problems that have accumulated and affect your mental health.
Today, have the courage to admit out loud that something has affected you. Have more “courageous conversations” with yourself and with other people as well.
2. Find rest and relief
How do you find rest? How often do you rest?
If you had a hard time answering those questions, then it is time to take a break from your pain and find relief, Psychology Today suggests.
Some people find relief in arts or sports, others feel rested when they travel or engage with nature. There are also people who find rest and relief from their wounds when they start to forgive.
3. Seek help
Someone is in deep anguish since he lost his job amid a pandemic. He’s been holding on to that emotional wound for months, to the point that he cannot eat nor sleep. But when people ask him how he is doing, his answer would always be: “I am fine.”
His situation sounds familiar, right?
Most people have been like Someone in one way or another – saying that they are fine even when they’re not.
You need some time alone to heal from your emotional wounds, but it is also important to allow other people to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out to your trusted friend or family member, or even seek support from mental health professionals.
4. Understand and learn from your experience
Now that the event is over, perhaps, you can look at the situation from a more logical perspective?
After going through a traumatic event, a stressful situation, or any event that caused your emotional wound, it is likely that you only thought of that experience in one way.
Try to understand your situation more clearly and consider the reality above any assumptions that you might have been making this whole time. What was true? What was not? How did it play out in the end? What did you learn from the experience? Discover new perspectives that you can get from that experience.
5. Allow God to heal you
You cannot change your past; it will remain the same. What you can change is how you look back on your past. It might be difficult to let go and heal deep emotional wounds but with Jesus, you will get there.
Your Heavenly Father can lift you up (Psalms 146:8), strengthen you (Isaiah 41:10), and heal your emotional wounds (2 Kings 20:5). Bring your burden to God and allow Him to help you transform your life for the better.
As Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
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