It seems most people feel a sense of negativity and guilt these days. For many people there’s no real reason for experiencing these emotions. If you’re like others who think these emotions are justified, you may be wondering how to free yourself from negative and guilty feelings.

People can feel guilty about any number of things. Some don’t think they’re working hard enough, while others feel guilty about working too much rather than being at home with their families. Do you feel guilty about the way a relationship has turned out? You wouldn’t be alone in having those feelings.

What about negativity? Some people feel bad about themselves because of past actions. Some have harbored negative emotions about others. There are any numbers of reasons why you may have held onto negative thoughts about yourself or others. It’s time to learn to let those negative and guilty feelings go. It’s also time to stop punishing yourself for past mistakes and learn to love yourself again. Read on to find out how.

  • Realize harboring negativity or guilty feelings doesn’t do you any good. In fact, those emotions don’t do anyone any good. Since they’re not productive in any way, shape or form, it’s time to let them go.
  • Letting go of negative emotions is a lot easier than most people think. Once you realize these feelings won’t help you but are probably hurting you, it’s easier to release them once and for all.
  • Imagine taking all of the guilty feelings and negativity you’ve kept hidden in the recesses of your heart and mind. Roll them into a compact ball you can hold in your hand. Simply let the ball drop to the ground. Don’t try to catch it if it bounces; rather let it bounce and roll away and then leave it there.
  • Say out loud, “I forgive myself for ___________” and then fill in the blank. You may have a laundry list of things you think you’ve done wrong. If you have to, write everything down and repeat that statement using the next phrase each subsequent statement. Once you’ve gone through your entire list of items to forgive yourself for, either tear up the paper the list was written on or burn the list entirely in an empty metal garbage can or fireplace. You can do the same thing for each person you feel has done you wrong or that you need to forgive.
  • Choose to do something which will make you feel good about yourself. Go for a bike ride, take a weekend trip, or go to see a movie. You need to realize the negativity and guilt feelings are gone. You deserve to feel good. Now go find something you can do which will accomplish this.
  • Surround yourself with friends who are encouraging rather than discouraging. This may mean you’ll have to make some changes, but in this case change is good and productive.