Forgiving For Better Mental Health

Does anyone else find forgiveness hard to do? We do too.

Forgiving someone who has wronged you is a uniquely individual process for everyone. It takes us all different times to forgive, it happens in different ways but nonetheless, the end game is the same- to let go & to move on.

Today we thought we would discuss how & why forgiveness is important for better mental health, so strap in! Honestly, It’s not that long of a post today lol.

  1. Forgiveness allows you to let go: Holding onto hate is soul-destroying, holding onto negative feelings can cause stress, anxiety, depression & insomnia (which none of us wants) leading to deteriorating mental health. Letting go of someone or something that doesn’t serve you in terms of happiness is a game changer.
  2. Forgiveness allows you to grow: Forgiving allows you to grow as a person. It helps you realise whos important and who isn’t. It allows you to make greater connections with those deserving of forgiveness. Sometimes it also does the opposite, you can forgive someone but also not want them in your life because of what they’ve done & that’s okay too.
  3. Forgiveness builds better self-esteem: Fighting for yourself through forgiving can improve your self-esteem & self-worth. Speaking your mind should never be a problem & if it is, speak up! You will feel free & liberated!
  4. Think about who the person that has wronged you: All of us are flawed & of course, no one is perfect. We all make mistakes, but is this mistake forgivable? Has it been a series of mistakes? Is forgiving them worth it to you? Figuring these things out will help you decide whether to forgive or forget about them.
  5. Some thing’s to remember: Forgiveness doesn’t mean excusing their behaviour, it is more about you than the other person. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you should forget but instead, grow. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you need to have them in your life, letting go of people that don’t bring you joy & positivity is okay. Forgiveness doesn’t take away how you feel towards someone or the situation, it just helps you hurt a little less, only time can heal wounds.

Forgiving someone should be for you. It’s okay if you’re not ready to forgive, take all the time you need. Forgiving someone can be just as a big deal for you as for them so making sure you’re ready is important.

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