Here on the blog, we talk a lot about practical everyday remedies for eczema relief and natural skin care. And while these things do matter, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to shed some light on something that’s equally essential to holistic health: the power of forgiveness and release in your healing process. What follows are a few truths for your consideration.
Truth #1: Forgiveness is self care There’s a common misconception that forgiveness is about absolving other people. However, if you find this challenging, it can be life-changing to think of it from another perspective. By acknowledging that forgiveness is less about moving on for the sake of someone else and more about letting go of emotions that no longer serve you, you can start to shift your mindset in ways that will allow you to experience healing on multiple levels.
Truth #2: Healing isn’t just about the body Although it often seems most pressing to address the health issues - such as eczema - that show up on our skin, something that’s worth recognizing is that your physical body is only one part of wellness. Taking into account your mind, spirit, and soul, there are so many aspects to health that are happening within you, and in the world around you, that deserve your attention just as much. The good news is that because these things are all interconnected, when you work to improve one of these things, the others will often follow.
Truth #3: Forgiveness has proven health benefits Whether we like it or not, modern day health experts have increasingly begun to recognize that our physical wellness is closely tied to our emotional wellness. In fact, scientific studies have shown that holding on to negative feelings - including resentment, disappointment, and bitterness - can be linked to tangible health concerns like ulcers, heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic pain, and more. Understanding this, it’s safe to say that learning to let go, practicing gratitude, and releasing certain emotions, has the potential to positively impact us all.
Truth #4: It isn’t a linear process Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could all wake up tomorrow feeling freer, lighter, and full of self love? Unfortunately for most of us, the road to recovery isn’t always so straightforward. Regardless of which tools you look to to promote healing - be it mindfulness, meditation, magic creams, or all of the above - these types of approaches take time and there are bound to be setbacks along the way. So when these things happen (and they inevitably will), the best thing to do is forgive yourself, look for any applicable lessons, and keep going.
Truth #5: Release and recovery looks different for everybody (and every body) One last thing that is important to remember about healing is that no two people’s processes will be exactly alike. What works for one person may not work the same way or at the same pace for you. It may not even work at all. And that’s okay! Rather than allowing unsolicited advice or other people’s opinions to dictate your beliefs around your own healing, take this as permission to pursue only what resonates with you personally, and stress less about the rest.