Do we really need to forgive ourselves? Many individuals perceive forgiveness as letting go of resentment or feelings of regret towards other people. You’re right. But forgiveness can mean a lot of things. And letting go of the resentment you feel towards yourself is not excluded.
Although forgiveness requires you to let go of grudges towards a person or a group of people, it does not equate to forgetting or making excuses for people. Now, this is alright when relating it to other people because feelings matter a lot. But when it comes to us, personally, then, it becomes toxic if we make ourselves accountable for our mistakes for too long.
Just as forgiveness brings about peace of mind, we should learn to apply it to ourselves, directly. Because we deserve it the most as only you can understand you. This article helps you achieve self-forgiveness with the tips below;
Take every mistake as a learning experience
Let’s be truthful. Life can be very difficult. What’s worse than taking every mistake seriously when life itself is filled with mistakes. If you consider mistakes as learning experiences, when faced with similar challenges, more mistakes will be avoided.
Remember to show yourself compassion
Be human to everyone and yourself too. When there is no one to embrace you after mistakes, embrace yourself, instead. When there is no one to talk to, talk to yourself. You are also important.
Apologize when you’ve hurt someone
Instead of waiting for someone you have wronged to talk to you, walk up to him or her and apologize. A lot of us would rather “break” than apologize even when we are wrong. That’s a little toxic to the people around you and more to you.
Stop overthinking your mistakes
Medical professionals advise that we reduce the rate at which we overthink to reduce our blood pressure. Overthinking could also mess up our mental health and affect our self-esteem. Think about it but do not overthink it.