Forgiving Yourself

By: Kylie Sweeney

Many of us either overlook our faults or believe they are all that we are. Self-forgiveness is about accepting your faults and working to avoid a repeat of the same mistake. It’s typical to feel regret after you make an error. Guilt plays a role in letting you know your actions or behaviors conflict with your values and beliefs. No matter the mistake, you can’t let it define you forever. Belittling yourself will only make matters worse and can lead you down a road of depression and anxiety. Instead of ruminating in your error, try accepting that there’s nothing else you can do to resolve the issue other than apologize. Learning to process feelings of guilt will prevent you from continuing to feel bad for something you can’t change. We often think we are unique in our mistakes, but the reality is everyone slips-up.

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