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How I Learned to Forgive (And You Can Too)

It can be so tough to forgive someone who has deeply hurt you.

It feels like a wound that has never fully healed.

When you think of the betrayal or situation your heart starts to sink all over again.

Holding a grudge can be detrimental to your well-being. When you let go, your mind will be free to think of other thoughts and go out and have fun.

If you're having trouble letting go and moving forward, here are 4 ways to help yourself get over that self-limiting block and carry on with your life.

4. Acceptance


You can’t deny that this upsetting thing happened.

I’m sure it’s shocking and disappointing, but it’s time to move forward.

Be realistic about how hurt you are.

3. Let Go Of Anger


In order to forgive, you need to express your anger in a healthy way.

Vent to a friend, punch your pillow, go for a run, or talk to a therapist in order to heal.

When you’re stuck in anger it can be destructive for your relationships.

2. Cultivate Compassion


Everyone makes mistakes and has flaws!

Ask yourself if the individual was intentionally trying to hurt you. This person may have been looking out for themselves.

We are all guilty of doing that from time to time. No one can be sensitive 100% of the time.

1. Talk About It


It may be healing to actually talk to the person who hurt you.

Opening up about your feelings will allow the person to understand and potentially learn from it.

You will also feel better after speaking your truth. You might even be able to mend the relationship.


Forgiving those who have harmed you unintentionally or intentionally, will allow you to heal and grow.

You don’t want to be stuck, ruminating about the past.

It’s time to accept the situation, let go of the anger, open your heart up toward compassion, and maybe talk to the person who upset you.

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