We all know that the mind is a very powerful thing, it’s responsible for everything that happens in our body and can change the course of our life.
That being said, carrying around negative emotions causes a toxic environment in your body which can lead to multiple health problems. Which is why I’m breaking down what guilt does in your body, why you need to release it and how you can release it.
Let’s Start with What Guilt Does:
Think back on something you did that you wish you hadn’t. What tightened up in your body? Or did something else happen for you? Maybe a chill sensation or nauseous feeling? That’s guilt hanging around in your body, reminding you of past actions and doing all it can to keep you small.
When you feel guilty, it causes stress inside your body that can manifest as fatigue, anxiety, anger, shame, sadness and emotional eating.
Your guilt might be getting triggered by situations happening every day, and you might not even be aware of it!
Because this stress is moving throughout your body, it actually reduces your ability to absorb nutrients. This leaves you still hungry after a full meal, puts your body in panic mode, and causes it to hold on to weight, even if you’re trying to lose some.
Guilt isn’t just an emotional reaction to something we’re ashamed of, sorry for or regret. It’s much more powerful than that. When it gets a foothold in your life, it starts to direct your thoughts, your confidence levels, how you see yourself, the value you put on yourself, the number of nutrients you can absorb, your belief in your ability to reach your dreams… I could go on!
The point is, guilt makes you physically and emotionally sick and it mercilessly pops up whenever it feels like it.
Forgiving yourself and releasing it is the only way to stomp out guilt once and for all. When you hold on to guilt and let it dictate how you feel about yourself, it keeps you trapped. It stops you from moving forward, from getting what you want. Because every time you reach for it, guilt pops up and says, “Oh you can’t do that, remember this?” and then you stop.
Today, I want to walk you through something that I teach all my clients, friends and family: a forgiveness exercise to release guilt and shame.
Grab a pen and paper and write down anything you feel guilty about. Anything at all, no matter how long ago it was or how small it seems. Then look at each sentence and say out loud: “I’m sorry for what I did. I forgive myself for what I did. I love myself exactly the way I am. Today is the day I’m moving forward and letting that go.”
Then cross that sentence off the list and move on to the next one. This is powerful and can be life-changing if you let it be. If you sit down with the intention of not letting guilt run your life anymore, it can bring you peace. I encourage you to go through this exercise even if you’ve already released a lot of guilt, there’s always something that pops up in our lives that tries to make us feel smaller than we are.
Each and every day, we have to decide to let go of the mistakes, confidently move forward, and not let our lives be ruled by feeling guilty about the past. It’s not easy to let it go, but trust me when I say that forgiving yourself is the first step towards healing.
Every day when you wake up, forgive yourself and you’ll watch yourself grow into someone more than your guilt.