How to Free Yourself from Guilt

Whether or not you think you actually “deserve” the guilt you harbor inside you, it’s never a healthy emotion to hold onto in your life. Guilt is a psychologically difficult emotional reaction felt when people believe they have done something wrong. The moment you add guilt, you seriously damage your relationship with yourself. You lose your confidence and your self-respect. You reinforce the feelings of being not okay. You feel undeserving and you hold yourself back. When you want to free yourself from guilt, you first need to identify the reason why you feel the way you do. 1. Acknowledge what you feel. Take a breath and feel your guilt. Do you feel a tightening in the pit of your gut? A restriction in your chest? A painful clutching in your solar plexus? A queasiness? An uneasiness? These body sensations indicate where you hold the feelings of guilt. 2. Issues should be resolved. If there’s an ongoing problem that is creating the guilt, that problem should be fixed. Fixing the problem is the first thing that should be done, it is vital to understand that continuing to feel guilty in this situation will not be beneficial to anyone. Try to overcome and fix the problem, and then let the guilt go knowing that you have done the best you can to set things right. 3. Prioritize your life and put yourself first. Realize that you can’t please everybody all the time. There is no need to feel guilty if you can’t do something for somebody. 4. Keep your promises. If you tell someone you are going to do something,...

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