5 things you can do right now to start your path to healing

5 things you can do right now to start your path to healing - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

Healing can be a long, arduous process. But it doesn’t have to be. If you’re committed and really want to start your path to healing, this article will help to get you on your way.

5 things you can do right now to start your path to healing

1. Decide to let go of the past

This first step may be the most difficult to do, especially if it was a painful experience. But holding on to what happened in the past isn’t going to change it. What’s done is done and if you really want to move on with your life, making the conscious decision to let go is essential.

Some things to consider about letting go:

These are some things to think about, but keep in mind that you might not have all the answers. And you might not need to have answers in order to heal and move on.

  • Why is what happened in the past affecting me now?
  • What are my emotions keeping me from achieving?
  • Why am I holding on to this past experience?
Honor your feelings - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis & Wellness

2. Honor your feelings

Sometimes when we feel a certain way about things that happened to us in the past, we feel a sense of guilt. Or perhaps some people close to us, no matter how well-intended, make us feel like we “shouldn’t feel this way”.

It’s vital to remember that your feelings and emotions are valid. How you handle a situation is going to be different than how someone else would. And you never really know how you would behave until you’re in the situation yourself.

Take a moment to remind yourself that you are allowed to feel how you feel. Accept that it’s OK to have these emotions and beliefs, and give yourself permission to do so.

3. Reflect on the lesson

When we go through any type of experience, there is always a lesson. Take some time to ponder what lessons you learned from the painful experience. If you’re stuck, try meditating and/or reaching out to your Higher Self for answers.

This crucial step is something that can easily be missed. But if you fail to learn from it, the Universe is going to keep sending the lesson to you – probably in other forms – until you get it.

4. Release what no longer serves you

In order to heal and move on from a hurtful experience, it is essential to detach yourself from the emotions and beliefs you acquired. Depending on how deep these feelings are, you might be able to do this through quiet contemplation, meditation, or a release ritual.

Sometimes, especially for the deeper emotions, you might need the help of an expert. As a Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, I am partial to using hypnotherapy for releasing and healing from emotional trauma.

Grant forgiveness to yourself and others - Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis & Wellness

5. Grant forgiveness to yourself and others

Before you can be 100% healed, you will need to find forgiveness in your heart. Focus on forgiving yourself for any self-damaging emotions or behaviors like shame, guilt, negative self-talk., and blame.

Forgiving others is also important, but of course it can be seriously difficult. Know that forgiveness does not mean that you condone what happened or their behavior. Nor does it mean that you have to have any type of relationship with that person.

When I think of forgiving others, I try to keep in mind that everyone is always doing the best they can with the tools they have. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone has good in them. But we are all human and we make mistakes – sometimes deliberately and sometimes unintentionally. I also try to remember that everyone has a Higher Self, just like I do, and that we are all connected by Divine Love.


As a Transformational Life Coach and Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, I help people train their brain and break old, unwanted patterns. Book your free consultation and assessment online.

Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

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