When Is It Time to Put the Past Behind Us?

Published Date 1/22/2018
Under: Health & Wellness



Are you trapped in the past?

The past has an annoying way of wanting to tag along with us. Allow it to linger, and you won't even realize you're still dragging it around decades later. It's time to drop all that baggage and walk away.


Let Go of Sentimental Items

If you find it impossible to throw out your raggedy old toy bear and your granny's antique china, you're not alone. If you've ever watched an episode of the TV show "Hoarders," you'll know how extreme the desire to hang on to stuff can be. The psychology of hanging on to sentimental items involves a fear of loss, a sense of throwing away memories, and even guilt. Try to remember the last time you used or even looked at your keepsakes. If you're honest, you'll realize they've been sitting in storage boxes for years. Admit that you will probably never use them and it's time to declutter.


Put Past Relationships Behind You

Breakups are difficult. When a relationship ends, it's natural to feel hurt and miss your ex. A period of grieving is normal when coming to terms with the void. If, however, you're still crying yourself to sleep after a year or you're venomous toward your ex, you've become emotionally stuck. Don't look back at a past relationship through rose-tinted glasses or become bitter. Both will make you miserable. There's a reason it didn't work out. Face the truth, learn from it, and remain open to new love. Perhaps a love tarot reading can help you move past the block. 


Dealing With Loss

No human being goes through life without experiencing loss. Whether it's a pet, a loved one, or a close friend, loss is an unavoidable fact of life. Sometimes people are rooted in the pain for years. Life virtually comes to a standstill. To ease the pain, some reach out to a psychic mediumto try to contact the one they lost. Mourning a loss is important, but it is equally important to find a way to heal. If you've suffered a major loss, consider joining a support group or seeing a counselor. Both offer a safe place to express your feelings. In time, you will find a reason to smile again and enjoy life. 


Forgive Your Parents

Most of us don't realize how anger toward our parents negatively affects our life. Forgiving your parents can drastically turn that around. All parents stumble along through trial and error. With that comes a ton of mistakes. Some parents get a lot of it right, while others make a huge mess of things. If you ended up with the latter, you're probably harboring some resentment. Our upbringing plays a major role in how we turn out as adults. However, blaming your parents only goes so far. As an adult, you have choices. Your parents did the best they could. The rest is up to you. 


Holding on to issues from the past doesn't affect anyone but you. Putting the past behind you starts with making the decision to let go. Once you do, you'll feel lighter and happier.


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