3 Ways to Release Shame, Guilt, and Stop Beating Yourself Up in Your Mind

Shame, guilt, and beating yourself up in your mind can be a challenging cycle to break. These negative emotions and habits can be overwhelming and all-consuming, preventing you from living a happy and fulfilling life. But there is hope. 

As a holistic transformational health and life coach, I’ve helped many highly driven and successful women find their inner wisdom and voice to be more confident and powerful in making decisions to help themselves inside and out.

Here are three ways to release shame, guilt, and beating yourself up in your mind.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

The first step is acknowledging and allowing yourself to experience all of those feelings and emotions. It’s natural to have a wide range of feelings and emotions, and you can recognize and feel them without judgment and criticism. Instead, practice self-compassion and remind yourself that it’s okay to make mistakes. 

Everyone is in this position at one time or another in life. When you can accept these instances as opportunities to learn and grow more about yourself, you can begin to take steps to do so in a more loving and compassionate way.

Speak Kindly to Yourself

The way we talk to ourselves has a profound impact on our mental health and well-being. Negative self-talk can fuel shame and guilt and lead to a cycle of self-punishment. 

Replacing negative self-talk with positive words and using kind, loving ways to express who you are and how you conduct yourself daily is essential to breaking this cycle. When you engage in negative self-talk, spot it, pause, and take time to reframe your thoughts. 

Focus on your strengths and celebrate yourself and all your unique qualities to help you build success and self-confidence.

Make Amends and Move Forward

Taking responsibility and making amends is essential to release the shame and guilt and remove any consequential activities and behaviors that come from feeling this way. 

Acknowledge your mistakes and your wrongdoings, and apologize if necessary. Take steps to make things right. 

However, don’t dwell on it. 

Instead, focus on what you can change and the lessons you’ve learned from how you’ve behaved. Focusing on the positive changes you can make will help you release the shame and guilt associated with any past mistakes and help you move towards a brighter, feeling future.

Releasing shame, guilt, and self-punishment is not easy, but it is essential for our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. By acknowledging your feelings, speaking kindly to yourself and others, making amends, and taking steps to move forward in a more empowered way, you can break the cycle of shame and guilt and be nicer inside your mind.

Remember, it takes patience and a compassionate, loving space. Give yourself that time because you are worth it. 

Enjoy the process, and if you have any questions, reach out to me.

Remember to be kind to yourself, and have a fantastic day being you!

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About Denise Morrison

I’m a licensed and certified health care professional with over 30 years experience in healthcare, wellness, fitness, physical therapy, yoga, NLP, TLT, hypnosis and mind-body practices.

During my career I’ve seen too many women struggle with self-doubt and fear leftover from their past, making them stuck in their health, happiness, and success.

This is why it’s my passion to help you discover and release any of your limiting beliefs, old stories, and unconscious obstacles so you can finally know, trust and value yourself and confidently make decisive action to create your most fulfilling life.

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