Weekend break time is coming up for many. Make a quiet-time date and spend five minutes forgiving yourself past mistakes.
Mistakes are for learning, not for beating up on yourself or another. When you can laugh a bit of some things, you are not dealing with a life blow. That is when you will find this exercise useful. So see if you can find something to laugh about in this Emotional Fitness Poster Coach. I like the last one best.
If you could not at least grin a bit, wait. Also, think about getting more support even counseling or therapy. If you did chuckle a bit, you will find the following useful.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING’S FORGIVNESS EXERCISE
Practicing forgiveness is an Emotional Fitness Exercise. So here’s how to work at forgiving yourself mistakes that still haunt you.
- Give the mistake a short name.
- Think of a lesson the mistake taught you.
- Take a deep breath in, hold it until you feel some tension, then breathe out.
- As you breathe out, smile gently and say, “That was then, this is now, lesson learned. moving on.”
- It works best, if you can turn that phrase into a little song.
- Immediately practice one of the Emotional Fitness Exercises designed to lift your mood. Here is a list: Remember What Matters, Practice Kindness, Be Grateful, Indulge in a Healthy Pleasure, or Be With Beauty. Be with Beauty is a good place to begin. Go to Emotional Fitness’ Be with Beauty Pinterest Board.
Any time memories of a mistake returns, repeat the above.
Is this magic. No, but many find practiced, it drains the power of bad memories connected to mistakes.
March 21st is my 76th Birthday and hope you will drop by my Facebook Birthday and Book Launch Party. The book is Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises to Tame Mad, Bad, and Sad Feelings.
I will be partying most of the day so come when you can, stay for a minute or two, five, or ten and enjoy the party favor of the hour. Come back if you can, but no worries if cannot.
As always, thank every one of you for being part of my added care team and helping me stay strong.