Forgiveness is something that does not come easily to everyone. What is interesting is that forgiveness and the brain are directly connected. Take a look at forgiveness therapy techniques and how they can work positively for you.
Health Benefits of Forgiveness Research
Here are some interesting psychological benefits of forgiveness.
Blood Pressure and Stress
You tend to feel less anxiety, anger and stress when you truly forgive. The heart rate tends to even out and blood pressure normalizes. By forgiving, one tends to stop recycling thoughts which can ease mental stress.
Less Hostility and Better Anger Management
Holding grudges can lead to a lot of hostility towards others. Letting go and forgiving can help ease these burdens and release this anger. Part of forgiveness is letting go of hostile behavior like getting into fist fights, trying to harm oneself or others. Letting go of anger from the past can also help improve tolerance levels in the present. Without burdens from the past, one tends to feel less angry and more self control is gained. Breathing techniques are one of the best anger management techniques to try out.
Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are one of the worst repercussions of holding on to bad memories and grudges. Learning to forgive easily can help free yourself from negative and depressive thoughts. It makes room for healing, grace and compassion. Forgiveness help you replace negative thoughts of anxiety and derision with thoughts of positivity and purpose.
Learning to forgive means letting go of unnecessary drama in your life. It helps to push away negativity and avoids unpleasant situations. One tends to feel lighter and happier. This automatically impacts the relationships around you positively.
Forgiveness Therapy Techniques
4 actionable steps to forgiveness:
- Acknowledge the pain and hurt. Don’t make excuses for the offender and deny or minimize the wrong done to you.
- Understand your emotions. Understand how the offence has made you feel, whether it is pain, sadness, anger or regret.
- Clean the slate. Once you acknowledge your grief, it’s time to cancel out the offence. Consider it a debt that has been paid and write it off.
- Don’t let the offender become a repeat-offender. Set boundaries so that the person cannot do the same thing to you again.