Healing is a natural process that our body undergoes to repair and recover from physical, emotional, and mental injuries. Although it is a natural process, it can be a complex and time-consuming journey, and sometimes, we may need a little help to understand it better. In this blog post, we will explore the different aspects of the healing process, including physical, emotional, and mental healing, and provide tips on how to speed up and enhance the process.
We’re going to dive in the Emotional Healing Process. It’s important to remember that no two people’s healing process is a like. There is no timeline. There are no rules. You heal how it is best for you to heal and you go at your own pace, it can be a lengthy process or if can be short lived. Regardless, going through your own healing process after an emotional event is necessary for overcoming and stepping into the next version of yourself.
What is Emotional Healing
Emotional healing refers to the process of overcoming emotional pain and trauma, such as grief, loss, and abuse. Emotional healing can be a long and difficult journey, but it is essential for our overall well-being and happiness.
Emotional Healing can be needed after traumatic events, not limited to :
- A loss of a loved one
- A break up, divorce
- Losing a job
- Losing a pet
- Childhood Trauma
Embarking on an emotional healing journey is difficult, but can be one of the most powerful experiences you take part in. The first step of emotional healing is to always…
Understand the Root Cause of Your Emotional Pain
The first step in emotional healing is to understand the root cause of your emotional pain. This could be the result of a traumatic event, such as a death or divorce, or it could be the result of ongoing stress or anxiety. Understanding the root cause of your emotional pain can help you identify patterns and develop coping strategies that can support your healing journey.
It’s important to understand the root cause of the emotional pain. In order to truly heal emotionally you must be able to identify the emotions and where the pain is stemming from. Diving deep into the cause, say a break up – you may be suffering from feeling rejected, or fear of being alone, or even stepping into some waves of depression.
Feel Each Emotion
Emotional healing is a journey that requires facing and processing our emotions. Whether we’re dealing with grief, loss, abuse, or depression, it’s essential to allow ourselves to feel and express our emotions in a healthy and safe way.
Suppressing or avoiding our emotions can prolong our healing process and lead to further emotional distress. Allowing ourselves to feel and express our emotions can help us process and release them, reducing their intensity and helping us to heal. When we face our emotions and work through them, we can better understand our feelings, develop coping strategies, and find closure.
Here are Some Tips for Feeling Emotions Safely and Effectively :
- Create a Safe Space – Choose a safe environment where you feel comfortable and free to express your emotions. This could be with a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional.
- Practice Self-Compassion – Be kind and gentle with yourself. Remember that your emotions are valid and that healing takes time.
- Use Healthy Outlets – Find healthy outlets for your emotions, such as writing in a journal, practicing mindfulness, or engaging in physical activity.
- Allow Yourself to Cry – Crying can be a powerful release for pent-up emotions. Don’t be afraid to let yourself cry.
- Seek Professional Help – If you’re struggling to process your emotions, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional. They can provide you with coping strategies and support during your healing journey.
Seek Support : From Family, Friends, and Even Professionals
Friends and Family are our rocks when it comes to emotional healing. Whether it be late night phone calls or bum-sessions that take our minds off of what is happening around us. In a time of emotional healing, family and friends can be a backbone that keep us moving forward. Surrounding yourself with people who make you feel supported, strong, and most importantly validate your emotions is imperative during the emotional healing process. There is no better time to embrace and lean on your friends and family. They will always love you and support and be in your corner for however long you need.
Sometimes family and friends can help us come back to our neutral state, but other times it may be best to seek help from a professional. If emotional healing on your own is weighing you down, you can 100% find the support you need from a professional. Accepting help from a professional may seem scary, and sometime you may not even think that is is necessary or that you deserve it. I am here to tell you that receiving support however you need during the emotional healing process is acceptable and deserved.
Here are some reasons why seeking up from a professional while you are healing emotionally can help:
Expertise and Training
Mental health professionals have the expertise and training to help you understand and work through your emotions. They can provide you with coping strategies and support during your healing journey and help you identify underlying issues that may be contributing to your emotional pain.
Neutral and Non-Judgmental Support
Mental health professionals provide a neutral and non-judgmental environment where you can safely express your feelings and emotions. This can be a crucial aspect of the healing process, especially if you have difficulty talking about your emotions with family or friends.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
If you’re struggling with an underlying mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety, a mental health professional can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to help you manage your symptoms and promote emotional healing.
Mental health professionals can provide personalized support tailored to your individual needs and circumstances. They can help you develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific goals and needs and provide ongoing support as you work through your emotions.
Short-Term and Long-Term Benefits
Seeking professional help can provide both short-term and long-term benefits. It can help you manage your emotions in the moment and provide you with the tools and support you need to make a full recovery and find lasting peace and happiness.
If you are looking for a some professional support during emotional healing, here are some steps you can take to identify who may be the best person to help. There are specialists for all types of healing, there will absolutely be someone out there to help you too.
- Research – Research different types of mental health professionals and their areas of expertise to find one that is right for you.
- Ask for Referrals – Ask friends, family, or your primary care doctor for referrals to mental health professionals they trust and recommend.
- Check Credentials – Verify the credentials of any mental health professional you’re considering, including their education, training, and licensing.
- Schedule a Consultation – Schedule a consultation with a mental health professional to discuss your needs and determine if they’re the right fit for you.
Immerse Yourself in Self Care and Self Love
Once you have experienced your emotions and sought out support, you need to give back to yourself. Whatever space was left from the pain or event needs to be filled and it is important to fill that space you love for yourself! Engage in activities that bring you joy, such as exercise, reading, or spending time with loved ones, and practice self-reflection, such as journaling or meditating, to understand your emotions and identify patterns that may be contributing to your emotional pain.
Self Care is a vital part of the emotional healing journey. It is when we start to get back to our normal routines and feel like ourselves again. Self Care allows us to immerse ourselves in love and spend time doing what you truly want to do.
Here are 8 reasons why Self Care is a needed in the emotional healing process :
When you love and accept yourself, your self-esteem improves, and you feel more confident and secure in your own skin.
Self-love leads to healthier relationships. When you love and accept yourself, you’re less likely to settle for toxic relationships and are better able to establish and maintain healthy, fulfilling relationships with others.
When you prioritize your own needs, you become more resilient in the face of stress and challenges. This allows you to bounce back from setbacks and challenges more quickly and effectively.
Better Mental Health
Self-love can improve your mental health by reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. When you take care of yourself and treat yourself with kindness and compassion, you’re better able to manage difficult emotions and maintain your mental well-being.
Cultivating self-love leads to greater happiness and fulfillment. When you prioritize your own needs and treat yourself with kindness, compassion, and respect, you feel more content and satisfied with life.
Better Physical Health
Self-love is also beneficial for physical health. When you prioritize your own needs and treat your body with care and respect, you’re more likely to engage in healthy habits, such as eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly.
Self-love can also increase your creativity. When you prioritize your own needs and allow yourself to relax and recharge, your mind becomes more open, and you become more imaginative and innovative.
Improved Quality of Life
Ultimately, cultivating self-love can improve the overall quality of your life. When you prioritize your own needs and treat yourself with kindness and respect, you become more content, fulfilled, and happy, leading to a more fulfilling life.
This is the time to give back to yourself. The emotional healing process is difficult. There are ups and downs and sometimes you feel like you’re just walking in circles making no progress. This is your friendly reminder that every day forward is progress! Small steps can be big steps. Practicing self care and self love while you are healing emotionally is like giving yourself a giant ‘thank you.’
Setting Healthy Boundaries and Sticking to Them
During this time it’s important to identify what is helping and what is hurting. Do certain aspects of life bring up past feelings and emotions? What do you feel when that happens? And most importantly, how can you make positives changes moving forward to incorporate things that only bring you pure joy and happiness. The idea of self care and reflection are vital to the emotional healing process.
Setting healthy boundaries is essential for emotional healing. This means being honest with yourself and others about what you need and what you are willing to tolerate. This includes protecting your time and energy from people or situations that trigger negative emotions and learning to say “no” when necessary. Throughout the healing process you are learning and growing, implementing this in action is difficult but setting boundaries, especially during this very vulnerable time can be a very positive experience with numerous beneficial outcomes. Setting healthy boundaries can help :
- Establish Self-Respect – Setting boundaries helps you to respect your own physical, mental and emotional health.
- Increase Self-Confidence – Knowing and communicating your boundaries can increase your confidence and assertiveness.
- Promote Healthy Relationships – Clear boundaries can foster healthier and more respectful relationships with others.
- Reduce Stress – Setting boundaries can reduce the stress of constantly trying to please others and prioritize your own needs.
- Improve Mental Health – Maintaining healthy boundaries can reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
- Protect Personal Space – Boundaries help to protect your personal space and prevent unwanted intrusions.
- Encourage Personal Growth – By setting boundaries, you can focus on your own personal growth and development.
- Enhance Self-Care – Establishing boundaries can help you prioritize self-care and ensure you have time for self-reflection and self-improvement.
Establishing boundaries is one piece of the puzzle, but the most important is sticking to them. It may be hard sometimes but taking action and knowing what is best for you and sticking to it is what makes the healing process so difficult. If this means cutting a person out of your life or limiting time investments to social media, maybe it means ensuring you make time to see friends more. Whatever the boundaries are that you set, it’s important to act on them and be unwavering!
Practice Mindfulness and Gratitude
Mindfulness and gratitude are powerful tools that can support emotional healing. Practice mindfulness by paying attention to the present moment and being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. Practice gratitude by focusing on the positive aspects of your life, such as relationships, experiences, and opportunities, and acknowledging them with gratitude.
A mindfulness tool that I use frequently is called Insight Timer. It is one of my favorite meditation applications that houses an insane amount of meditations. From gratitude practices to grounding and everything in between, you can find it on Insight Timer. There are also courses that outline multiple tracks and courses to help you reach whatever goal you are looking for, in this case emotional healing.
Embracing mindfulness is critical in the emotional healing process. Here are some reasons why mindfulness helps promote inner peace and leaves you feeling full of gratitude from the work you have put in to get to this point.
- Reduces Stress and Anxiety – Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety by calming the mind and promoting relaxation. When you practice mindfulness, you focus your attention on the present moment, which helps to reduce worry and stress about the future or regret about the past.
- Increases Self-Awareness – Mindfulness helps to increase self-awareness, which is key to emotional healing. When you’re mindful, you’re better able to understand and identify your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how they impact your life. This allows you to make positive changes and improve your overall well-being.
- Improves Emotional Regulation – Mindfulness can also help to regulate your emotions. When you’re mindful, you’re able to understand your emotions, and you’re less likely to react impulsively or be controlled by negative emotions. This allows you to manage difficult emotions in a healthy and constructive way.
- Promotes Mind-Body Connection – Mindfulness also promotes a mind-body connection, which is critical in emotional healing. When you’re mindful, you become more aware of your physical sensations and emotions, and you’re better able to understand how they’re interconnected. This allows you to use physical sensations, such as breathing and grounding techniques, to manage difficult emotions.
- Enhances Self-Compassion – Mindfulness can help to enhance self-compassion, which is essential in emotional healing. When you’re mindful, you become more compassionate and understanding towards yourself, and you’re less likely to judge or criticize yourself. This allows you to treat yourself with kindness and respect, which is essential for emotional well-being.
Wherever you are in your healing journey, I am sending you good vibes! The beauty of healing emotionally allows us to enter into new versions of ourselves. Coming out healed gives us a new sense of power and freedom, even a confidence that we are capable of anything. There is no better feeling than thinking of something that once caused you so much pain, and feeling ok about it and seeing all the outcomes of the event that caused you to grow and become a better version on yourself.