Whether you’re angry with something a co-worker said yesterday or you’re harboring deep resentment from your childhood, learning how to let go of those things can be important to your physical and mental well-being. Practice these strategies to help you let go and experience relief.
Sometimes watching your problems go up in flames can make the problem seem to disappear.
Writing things down can offer you perspective.
Meditation can resolve many unresolved feelings.
Focus on the here-and-now and allow your problems to slip away.
Identify when stress is taking a toll on your health so you can make changes accordingly.
Destructive thoughts can make you feel worse. Replace overly negative thoughts with more realistic ones.
Exercise can reduce stress and keep your mind and body healthy.
Sometimes a good night’s sleep offers a fresh perspective that may allow you to let go of whatever’s bothering you.
Talking to a friend can offer you a different point of view about how to let go.
Talking about something other than the problem can also help you get your mind off things.
Develop a list of what would need to happen to help you let go of the problem.
Deep breathing relieves stress and clears the mind. It can calm your emotions so you can take a logical approach about how to let go of the issue.
Rather than focus on the past, establish goals for the future.
Guided imagery offers a break from ruminating on the current problem.
Reflect on the events that transpired without placing blame on yourself or anyone else. Stick the facts, and it may help you find out how to let go of the issue.
If you’re mad at someone else, or even an inanimate object, creating a letter that expressing your feelings can be very helpful. Throw away the letter when you’re done and move on.
Often the things we can’t let go of seem like a big deal. However, many of those things won’t matter at all in the future. Ask yourself how important this problem will be to the rest of your life.
Practice accepting that you can’t control everything.
Focusing on your love for others can help other problems melt away.
Visualizing the problem floating away can help you let it go.
Contributing to another person’s happiness will change your focus.
Pain in life is inevitable and it can help you build character.
Don’t ruminate on the issue. Instead, engage in an activity to take your mind off it.
Remind yourself of the big picture in life and it can be easier to let go of something from your past.
If you can’t let go of something another person did, try to develop some empathy for how that person might have felt.
Often it’s easy to be more logical when you give advice to a friend. Ask yourself what recommendation you would give a friend about how to let go of something and then take your own advice.
Accept any responsibility you had in the situation, even if it were a small piece.
Develop some positive statements to repeat over and over such as, “I will be okay.”
No matter what type of spiritual beliefs you have, look for comfort in your spirituality.
Remind yourself of all the things you have to be grateful for.
Imagine the problem slowly shrinking until it finally disappears.
Chalk the situation up to a life lesson that you can learn from and take something away from it.
Look toward the future and it can help you let go of the past.
Be kind and take care of yourself so that you can set yourself up for success.
Determine what steps you can take to deal with the situation instead of avoiding it.
Make a list of the potential consequences of not letting go to help encourage yourself to actually let go.
Remember that no one is perfect and life isn’t fair. When you adjust your expectations it can help remind you that problems are a part of life that happen to everyone.
The psychology of music shows it is a great way to elicit hidden emotions and promote healing.
If your feelings are hurt, speak up in a tactful manner.
If you can’t let go of something and it’s impacting your life, seek professional help. A counselor can assist you in letting go.
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