Healing from past hurts is a very personal and individual journey that many of us don’t often get to experience. I’ve found that many people are walking this Earth hurt and don’t understand how to actually heal from those emotional wounds. Those unhealed wounds may manifest as toxic behaviors and then your family, peers, lovers, and more are the people left to deal with it. Many are also unaware of their behaviors, therefore, they can’t begin to change it. Well, here are some suggestions that may help you heal from those emotional wounds and get back your energy and joy.
1. Acknowledge and accept your feelings: Allow yourself to feel and acknowledge the pain you’ve experienced. It’s important to validate your emotions and give yourself permission to heal.
2. Seek support: Reach out to trusted friends, family, or a therapist who can provide a listening ear and support you through the healing process. Talking about your feelings can be cathartic and provide valuable insights.
3. Practice self-care: Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy, practice relaxation techniques, exercise regularly, and prioritize self-care practices that resonate with you.
4. Practice forgiveness: Consider forgiving yourself and others involved in the past hurts. Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting or condoning, but simply releasing the negative emotions and allowing yourself to move forward.
5. Focus on personal growth: Explore personal development resources, books, workshops, or therapy modalities that can help you gain insights, develop coping strategies, and foster personal growth.
6. Set boundaries: Learn to establish healthy boundaries to protect yourself from similar hurts in the future. Understand your limits, communicate them effectively, and surround yourself with positive and supportive influences.
7. Give yourself time: Healing takes time, and everyone’s journey is unique. Be patient and kind to yourself as you navigate the process. Celebrate small victories and progress along the way.
Remember, healing is a gradual process, and it’s okay to seek professional help if you’re finding it difficult to cope or make progress on your own.