3 ways to choose forgiveness
We need to accept our imperfections, before we can truly love ourselves. Practice being less hard on yourself when you make a mistake. Remember, there are no failures, if you have learned and grown from your mistakes; there are only lessons learned. Being able to forgive yourself requires empathy, compassion, kindness, and understanding. It also requires you to accept that forgiveness is a choice.
1. Focus on your emotions
One of the first steps in learning how to forgive yourself is to focus on your emotions. Before you can move forward, you need to acknowledge and process your emotions. What feels come up for you when you think of fogiveness? Give yourself permission to recognize and accept the feelings that have been triggered in you and embrace them.
2. Think of each mistake as a learning experience.
A mistake is a chance to learn & grow as a person. Reminding ourselves that we did the best we could with the tools and knowledge we had at the time, will help us forgive ourselves and move forward.
3. Have a conversation with your inner critic
Journaling can help you understand your inner critic and develop self-compassion. Try having a conversation with your inner critic. Write down the things you doubt about yourself and then write about why those things arent true! You can also use journaling time to make a list of the qualities you like about yourself, including your strengths and skills. This can help boost your self-confidence when you’re feeling down about a mistake you made.
Forgiveness is an important part of the healing process as it allows you to let go of the anger, guilt, shame, sadness, or any other feeling you may be experiencing, and move forward in a positive way. Once you identify what you’re feeling, give a voice to it and accept that mistakes are inevitable. You’ll begin to see how freeing forgiveness can be.
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