Do you feel like it’s time to let go of something unhealthy in your life?
Inevitably, we all reach a point where we need to cleanse our lives emotionally.
Letting go frees us to move forward with more energy and a positive outlook. Still, most people need a little help letting go.
This article shares my best recommendations for letting go of what you can’t control and reclaiming your life energy.
It’s common for people to cling to situations, people, or feelings that aren’t healthy for them. Many people do this unconsciously, as matter of bad habit or related to childhood issues.
Hanging on to unhealthy situations drains your energy- emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Over time, it affects your ability to stay focused, productive, and emotionally balanced in your life.
Here are a few examples that it may be time for you to let go and reclaim your life energy:
Are you trying to control a situation that’s become unmanageable?
Do you have a relationship you need to let go of?
Are you trying to fix someone else’s problems?
Do you feel anxiety over situations that haven’t happened?
Take time to acknowledge and process your feelings. Are you angry? Do you feel grief or loss? Write down how you’re feeling.
It’s ok to be angry or hurt. Accept these feelings. Then, actively process them in a way that works for you.
You can shred or burn your writing. You can imagine yourself cutting the cord to the unhealthy relationship. You can yell or cry in a safe place.
You may need to set aside time to talk to a therapist, too. Professional support is a good choice for challenging emotional issues.
If you’re focused on the past, you’re missing out on the beauty and opportunities in the present.
It’s ok to have your memories, but don’t dwell on them. Stay focused on what’s happening today.
If you’re feeling stuck in the past, try some grounding techniques to relieve anxiety and become present in the “now.”
Forgiveness is a huge part of the letting go process. Repeat these mantras every day: “I forgive”,“ I let go with love.”
Even if you don’t feel forgiveness now, you will in time. You may also need to forgive yourself for your part in the situation.
As you begin to forgive, you will have much more energy and can reclaim the life you want. Forgiveness can truly help you find peace again.
Try out a new hobby, make a change to your routine, or go on an adventure. Do something different to energize your mind and reaffirm you’re on a new path.
Life is full of new experiences. Give yourself permission to try something exciting or new, and enjoy the ride.
As you move forward, remind yourself that you’re letting go of situations that no longer serve you. If it feels uncomfortable at first, you’re probably on the right track.
Do your best to let go of fear. I like to use positive affirmations like: “I welcome change”, “I’m open to new possibilities.”
You may experience a few setbacks, but try not to be discouraged. Letting go is a process.
Look to trusted family, friends, or a family counselor for emotional support as you reclaim your life and your vital energy. A whole new life is just waiting for you around the corner!