How to Forgive Yourself and Others

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Forgiveness isn't about forgetting what happened, but accepting that it happened and moving on. Here's why and how to forgive yourself and others...

It isn’t easy to forgive yourself and others, but is necessary to let go of the past and focus on the present. Forgiveness isn’t about forgetting what happened, but accepting that it happened and moving on.

When you forgive someone, you release yourself from any resentment or bitterness that you may feel towards them. You also release them from any obligation to make up for their wrong actions. This blog post will discuss how to forgive yourself and others, and why it’s important for your mental health.

 

Why it is important to forgive

 

Forgiving someone does not mean that you are condoning their actions. It simply means that you are ready to let go of the associated hurt and anger. Holding onto resentment and bitterness will only hurt you in the long run. By leaving the past behind, you allow new people and opportunities to enter your life.

Don’t rush the process. It takes time to heal these emotional wounds before you can look at things calmly and objectively. This is why most successful memoirs are written years, even decades after significant events have happened.

Burying painful memories deep inside without processing them is like keeping an emotional time bomb that might explode whenever situations trigger you.

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How to go about forgiving someone

 

Forgiving is a part of the healing process that involves three steps.

 

Step One: Acknowledge what happened.

 

The first step in forgiving someone is to acknowledge what happened. Think about what they did to you, and how it made you feel. Be honest about your feelings. It isn’t an easy process, but it’s necessary for your recovery from past experiences.

Immediately after these painful events, your feelings are often raw and intense. You might not see things for what they were. Wait until you’re no longer overwhelmed by emotions, then ask yourself what really happened in the past.

 

Step Two: Understand why it happened.

 

The second step in forgiving someone is to understand why it happened. This allows you to see things from their perspectives. People aren’t always rational. They may have been going through a difficult time, or they may not have known any better. Sometimes, even good intentions can lead to bad outcomes.

Once you figure out the reasons these people behaved in certain ways towards you, it’ll become easier to let go of those negative feelings they brought you. You’ll understand what made them do the things they did to you, and know how to handle similar people in the future.

 

Step Three: Release the anger and resentment.

 

The third step in forgiving someone is to release the anger and resentment you feel towards them. Think about how these past events affect you over time. Are these positive or negative changes? If you suffer from negative influences from past events, it’s time to undo these changes by releasing negative emotions from your life.

Forgiving someone, including yourself, is a process that requires setting intentions and taking baby steps. Some days, you may find it especially challenging to forgive, and that’s okay. Give yourself time and space until you’re ready to resume the process.

Learning to let go is an essential aspect of life. The less burden you carry, the farther you travel on your life journey.

 

Do you have any tips for forgiving yourself and others? Share them in the comments below!

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Dr. Ivy Ge

Dr. Ivy Ge

Doctor of Pharmacy, author of The Art of Good Enough. She writes to inspire women to design their own fate. Her writings and interviews have been featured on MSNBC, Thrive Global, Working Mother magazine, Parentology, and The Times of India.

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