A few weeks ago, I shared about a painful experience that I went through this winter. Months later, I’m still grappling with some of the same issues. So today, I wanted to chat a little more about healing.
As I’ve been working my way through both emotional and physical healing this year, there have been moments, even recently, that I’ve felt more lost than when I first began. I have so many days when I’d rather not show up. And sometimes, I give in. I distract myself rather than face the work ahead of me. Other days, I push myself to stay focused and keep going. And on a few rare occasions, doing the work of healing feels completely natural and almost seamless. I share all this to say that:
Healing is not a linear process.
It’s a tricky terrain that often includes mountains, valleys, oceans, and deserts all in the same journey. So of course there are days when I get tired on this path. It’s a tiring one. But it’s also been enlightening and joyful. It’s brought me closer to myself and to those around me. It’s made me more courageous and more trusting. That’s why I keep at it.
Healing makes me better – in more ways than one.
You may be on a healing journey too. Or maybe you’re considering embarking on one. If so, this post is especially for you. I’m sharing 3 tips for healing that I wish I’d known sooner. Plus a 4th one that comes in handy in just about every situation.
Adjust your expectations.
There’s not just one right way to heal. But no matter which path you choose, things will most definitely get messy along the way. You’ll probably get through it quicker if you accept the messiness though.
Allow yourself some time and space to process.
All kinds of thoughts, feelings, and situations come up as we work through our stuff. Don’t rush yourself to the finish line while you’re still carrying baggage. Take the time that you need to process and let the unnecessary stuff go.
Give yourself permission to take breaks.
It’s only natural to get tired while on a journey. Take a breather when you need to. But set a time limit and come back when you’ve reached it.
Develop a support system for yourself.
Whether it’s a coach, therapist, mentor, accountability partner, or trustworthy friend – having someone to lean on is so helpful. The work of healing can feel heavy at times, but you don’t have to carry its weight alone.
The more of this healing work that I do, the more I realize that these are skills I’ll be using for the rest of my life.
How about YOU? What’s your experience with healing been like lately? Got any other helpful suggestions to share? I’d love to read your thoughts in a comment below this post or an email!
Peace and blessings,
P.S. – Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or uninspired by your life? Is there a challenge you’re facing or goal you’d like to work towards? If you’re ready to take a bold, true leap in your life, I can help you. Click here to schedule a FREE discovery session with me.