Forgiveness and your mental health
Forgiveness is an active process in which you make a conscious decision to let go of negative feelings whether the person deserves it or not according to Karen Swartz,Director at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Also, according to a study, the act of forgiveness can lower the risk of heart attack, improve sleep, blood pressure and reducing pain, chronic anger increases your adrenaline which result in increase heart rate and reduced immune response.
It’s noteworthy to know that forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to forget or condone the wrongdoing against you.so how do you go about forgiveness?
Try the following steps to forgive totally and genuinely
1.reflect and remember
2. Empathize with the other person
3. Forgive deeply
4. Let go of expectations
5. Decide to forgive
6. Forgive yourself
What do you stand to get if you forgive, well you have a lot at your sides once you decided to forgive and let go of the past, some of them include:
- It could mean a longer lifespan
- It gets you out of the angry mode;There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed according to Swartz
- It helps you sleep better;your sleep quality increases with less fatigue
- Your heart is doing well as you will have reduced blood pressure
- Protection from long-term stress.
One of the best forgiveness quotes is
“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.”
You might feel he’s or she’s not worthy of forgiveness, however have you thought about yourself? Pity your health (physical and mental), Forgive genuinely and let go ,however this doesn’t mean you stick to those who hurt you, you can take a break from them, but they aren’t worthy of you having raised blood pressure, having Anger issues amongst other negative feelings.dearest you deserve a night rest,remember your health should be your priority especially with pandemic around the corner.
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