I love the idea of letting something in when you give something up. Even we as Therapists focus so much on what to let go of. What a great thought to let something IN to replace what you are letting go. Let in Gratitude
Most of us have a lot to be grateful for. If you are reading this right now, you are alive. You have breath. That is a gift and we can be grateful for it. Life gets in the way of our graciousness with it's challenges and busyness. It's important to stop and be thankful. Especially when you are letting go of something. It's easy to focus on the loss.
When you are letting go, think of 3 positives that are occurring (or will occur in the future) by you letting go. Be thankful for those things even before they happen. We encourage our clients who struggle with Depression to write down 5 things a day that they are grateful for. This is to help them focus on something positive when it's so easy to think negatively. This would be a great practice for every day but especially when you are letting go.
Let in Silence
Our world is fast and becoming faster every day. It is difficult for us to be okay with silence or even just being still for a few moments. Just look at people in the line at Starbucks. What is everyone doing with that 5 minutes? They are on their phones. What if we took those few minutes to relax, breath, pray, or just stand? Our body needs quiet and especially when you are letting go.
When you are letting go of something you are most likely grieving. When you are grieving, it is as if you are getting over a wound or injury. What does your body need when you are recovering from an injury? Rest. The same for your mind when it is letting go. Be ok with the silence and the quiet. If you must fill it, use it to meditate, pray, relax, and breathe.
Hopefully this week you are getting some great tips for letting in as you let go. Tomorrow Joleen will give us 2 more.
Thank you for reading. Have a great week!
*Adapted from “You Are Worthy of Receiving: 10 Things To Let Into Your Life” by Kathy Kruger
Written by Natalie Chandler
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville