To recover from emotional exhaustion, we must take honest, often painful, risks in several areas of our lives. If you find yourself burned out, tired, and perpetually drained, there’s a good chance you may be trying to go it alone emotionally. If this is your situation, then we need to find a way to move you from the bondage of anger and hurt to the freedom of acceptance, self-approval, and forgiveness.
Perhaps a traumatic event in your past has made you afraid of pursuing an honest, intimate relationship again. You say you’ve been there, done that, and no more, thank you. The only trouble with stubbornly refusing to take the risk of forgiving and moving on is that you get stuck in your hurt and isolation. Barbra Streisand was right when she said, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” Why is this? Because relationships keep us healthy. Only in relationships can we perfect our ability to discern what is good and what is not. You cannot accomplish this goal while sitting alone nursing wounds of the past.
God designed you to be emotionally healthy, and that’s why he built a forgiveness factor into your spirit. When you repress your emotions, your gut keeps score. But when you take the risk of opening up to others and begin to share who you are with someone, you learn to trust. You are on your way to emotional wholeness. The good news is that you can learn to use the fear and miscues of your past to carry you high above the turmoil. You can choose to let the real you begin to emerge.
One of the first things you must do is quit playing the blame game, one of life’s greatest emotional handicaps. You must be willing to take responsibility for your own words and actions, and allow others to take responsibility for theirs. Listen to what others are saying, but take into account who is speaking.
As you regain control of your life, you substitute personal accountability for blame, love for hate, forgiveness for a spirit of resentment. You finally learn the truth that love refuses to enjoy evil and does not gloat at the sins of another, but instead, forgives again and again. Love takes full responsibility for its action and gives up the right to get even.
Forgiveness, however, is easier said than done. For people that have suffered abuse or severe trauma in their past, they may need professional help to revisit these pain points, and find peace in their past. This peace, however, can be an incredible release and open up space in your life for amazing opportunity.
Our team of recovery professionals at The Center • A Place of HOPE has helped many people heal from their past, and find true freedom and forgiveness in their lives. We focus on whole person care, addressing all aspects of an individual’s life experience. Fill out this form or call 1-888-747-5592 for more information or to speak confidentially with a recovery specialist today.