Hurt is a feeling many of us are familiar with and often try to ignore. It can be caused by many things and show up in a variety of ways. Many of us don’t know how to cope with what has hurt us. Dealing with pain is something most of us are trying to figure out daily. There can be good days and bad days. If you carry hurt from your past, you know that it can be triggered at a moment’s notice. Healing is a process that requires care and time.
Whatever caused your pain, it can manifest in some of the following ways:
- You feel unworthy of love.
- You have intense feelings of shame or guilt
- You feel disconnected from emotions.
- You feel unmotivated and uninspired.
- You struggle with opening up or being intimate with others.
When hurt shows up unexpectedly, finding your way back to some comfort can feel impossible, but it is attainable. Here are two great methods to help you release the pain that might be hidden.
Method 1. Breathe through the hurt.
Emotional pain is often embodied in our system and becomes part of who we are without us knowing it. It can feel like anxiety and can physically manifest as a tightness in the chest, heaviness on the shoulder, hip aches, or a swirling feeling in the heart or stomach. Ignored pain will show up where it lives in your body. To release it, you can use your breath and open up the affected space inside you.
Start with getting into a comfortable position and just begin to breathe. Take a series of deep breaths in and out, focusing on trying to get air to where you feel the pain. Begin by visualizing the breath or an energy force moving into that space of your body, cleansing the pain out of your body as you exhale. Let yourself release with every breath until it dissipates. For example, if it’s your stomach, take deep breaths moving air into your stomach. When you begin breathing your pain away, it might feel like it’s getting more significant and more uncontrollable. That’s part of the process of release. You have to practice taking control and soothing the part of the body that feels bigger than you. If you need more support for your breath, choose from some of the following empowering affirmations:
- I am whole and happy.
- I am in control of how I feel.
- I am releasing all that does not serve me.
- I am allowing good feelings and thoughts.
Use any of these or create your own.
Method 2. Write away and erase the hurt.
Writing is one of the most powerful tools to face and purge hurt. You do not have to be a writer; you just need to know how to put your thoughts, no matter what they are, on paper. Writing helps you gain clarity and allows you to see what you feel in reality. If you don’t know what to write and where to begin, here are a few questions to get you started.
- What is really hurting me?
- Where in my body does it physically hurt?
- What part of me do I want to heal?
- Why do I want to heal?
- What can I do to feel better right now?
- What do I know to be good about me?
- What is trying to release from within me?
We hope these two methods can get you closer to finding some peace and relief. Recovering from any emotional pain is a process. Remember to be patient with yourself. You are not perfect, but you are enough.
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