How To Let Go Of The Past (3 Ways To Move On)

Simply + Fiercely

Like most people, I’ve faced a lot of challenges in my life. There’s been the “normal” stuff, like the emotional pain of losing loved ones and the breakdown of relationships.

Now, I’m sure that I’ve had it harder than some and easier than many others. No one gets through life without a few bumps in the road.

The question is: how do we find the balance of honouring our past and history—without letting it limit or hold us back from moving forward? These are things that have helped me with letting go, and hopefully, you’ll find some value in these lessons as well.

I think one of the best ways to do this is with a pen and paper. Open up your journal and write about your past hurts, your past relationships, your past mistakes—all of it. Pour everything out and don’t edit or judge yourself.

Start by telling your stories

You don’t have to fake positivity or try to put a positive spin on things if that’s not how you feel. Instead, the most important thing is that you give yourself permission to share any negative thoughts or emotions that you may have been suppressing.

You can’t decide how to move forward until you’re honest about your feelings and you face past trauma head-on.

Acknowledge your feelings

– If someone broke your heart, allow yourself to be heartbroken. – If you made a mistake, allow yourself to feel the pain and regret. – If you’ve ever felt abandoned, it’s OK to wish you’d had someone there for you.

This is where things started to shift for me, and I experienced massive change. Once you’ve dug deep and felt all the feelings, you can start deciding what to let go of.

Decide what to carry moving forward

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