We are all aware that life isn’t perfect, and every person will somehow hit rock bottom even if we don’t want to. But as the saying goes, “when we hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up.” Easy to say but hard to do. But there’s a secret that I would like to share with you, it’s easier to go up if we choose to put down and let go the excess baggage that we’re carrying.
I know you know what I mean, hatred, emotional pain, fear, and sadness. Those are the things that we keep on carrying even if it’s too heavy for us. The truth is, we always knew the right thing to do, it’s just hard for us to do it.
But don’t worry, there’s no rushing. We all need some time to figure things out on our own, and for that here are some tips on how to release hatred and emotional pain in a healthy way.
Take a Hike
Hiking is physically tiring but it’s emotionally relaxing. Walking into the woods, the sun rays trace your face while feeling the cool air touching your sweaty skin, that’s what you need to feel that you’re still alive.
And as you walk toward the peak, think how it will be easier for you if you’ll let go of the things that hold you back. When you reach the top, close your eyes and empty your mind for a while, and think about the new possibilities that you can grasp once you let go of your hatred and emotional pain.
And as you leave, leave all the excess baggage that your heart is caring and go home with a light and pleased heart.
Listen to Music
Listening to music can have an extremely relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a helpful effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. Music, in short, can act as a powerful stress management tool in our lives.
So whenever you feel hatred crawling into your veins, the best way to calm yourself is to listen to slow music. The good thing is, music is free so it will be easier to calm yourself in any time and place.
Go out and Drink with Your Friends
Two bottles are what ya need. It’s fine to drink sometimes, bring your friends and have a little chitchat. Having someone to talk to is really helpful if you want to unwind and release your stress.
Open up to your close and trusted friends, listen to their advice and share your feelings. I mean, that’s what friends are for, right? Listen to them because they’re the only one who will slap you with the truth even if it hurts you because they love you.
Lastly, forgive the people who caused you harm or pain even if they didn’t ask for it. Forgive not for others but for yourself, to heal yourself from the pain and hatred. Which reminds me of the song lyrics of ‘Leaves’ by Ben&Ben that goes:
Wounds of the past will eventually heal
And all will be alright in time
‘Cause all of this comes with a love that is real
You never really love someone until
You learn to forgive
Forgiveness is the key to release hatred and emotional pain. And as we move forward, let’s bury the hatchet and let time heal us because just like what the song says, we can never love ourselves and others until we learn to forgive.