Step 6: Let Go of the Past
Do you hold onto the past? Perhaps you say that you’ve let it go or forgiven someone, but in all actuality, you are constantly referencing and comparing your current relationship to a former one. If you’re guilty of this, then you’re also guilty of self-sabotage.
According to Johns Hopkins, forgiveness can effect your mental health. Studies have found that the act of forgiveness can lower the risk of heart attack, improve cholesterol levels, promote better sleep, lower anxiety levels, and promote a better immune system.
Not only will letting go of the past promote better individual health, but it will also improve your relationship’s health. Need additional help letting go? Try journaling, scheduling regular check-ins with your friend or partner, therapy, prayer, or finding a hobby that makes you happy.