Rid yourself of guilt once and for all

My sister just asked me “did you feel like when you were a kid today?”. I started the day with telling her that “I need to spend this day in my own world“, only to talk non-stop (and bother her), do handstands, laugh at stupid jokes, play with the dog and cry. I was very intense as a child, so yeah, I guess I did.

I had a day of liberation today. Liberation from almost two years of guilt from my past relationship. When we went through the breakup I was not my best self to say the least. I was cold, short-tempered and frustrated in general. Why? Because that was the only way I could deal with the pain of breaking up with this amazing person.

I couldn’t be my normal self in the process, even I didn’t understand my own behavior. After the break-up I booked 10 weekend trips the following months, I partied until 5 am two times per week and I tested things I never thought I would try in my life – all while posting pictures on social media about it. 5 months later when I got really sick, I got my wake-up call. My body was tired, my liver feed up with all the alcohol I had consumed and I was exhausted mentally. Who did I think I was fooling?

I realized that I had tried everything in order to forget what had just happened. Now, it was staring me right in the face and I had no other option than to deal with it: the pain in my heart.

I hurt him and I hurt myself. I know I handled the situation far from perfect. I’ve apologized several times, he has forgiven me and moved on. Even though I’ve also moved on, I’ve felt that there still has been a small part left, unwilling to leave. It was the guilt. Guilt over what I did towards him, but also towards myself. The guilt made me feel like I didn’t deserve to be happy, that I needed to suffer due to my mistake.

Today I forgave myself fully for what happened. It was time to let go, to move on completely. I did the best I could, from what I was capable of doing at the time. Feeling guilty doesn’t help anyone, it just leaves you in a position of feeling stuck.

We can apologize to others, but it’s not until we forgive ourselves that we can fully let go of the guilt. 

Truly forgiving yourself for something that happened, where you didn’t act as you wish you would have done, isn’t easy. Our mind believes, that by holding negative emotions, it can go in and change the situation. We imagine that if we only would have done this or that, things would look different. Well, it is what it is. Feeling guilty doesn’t help anyone, it doesn’t help the person affected and it certainly doesn’t help you.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned on how to rid yourself of guilt once and for all:

1. Accept the situation 

Realize that what happened has happened. It cannot be changed. If you need to mentally go through it one last time, do that. Simply observe the situation as it came to pass and let any emotion come up. Then release yourself from the guilt of what happened – know that you did the best you could at that time. Holding on to the past will not serve anyone, it will only keep you from not being fully present and happy.

2. Don’t judge yourself

When we act in a way we don’t appreciate about ourself, it’s easy to be judgemental. Don’t be hard on yourself. You learned something from it, something that in turn can help others. Trust that everything happens for a reason and that you’ve also felt this way for a reason – maybe it’s so you can learn to easier release negative emotions in the future? Know that going through this had its purpose. Find the blessing in disguise.

3. Practice forgiveness

Apologize, ask for forgiveness from the other person and from yourself. If you find that it’s difficult to talk about it, something I’ve found very helpful is to write about it. Be honest and speak from your heart. Decide that from today, guilt will no longer have power in your life.

Give yourself permission to move forward. Life’s too short to be wasted on negative emotions.


21 thoughts on “Rid yourself of guilt once and for all

  1. Britta says:

    I have been going through a very similar experience these last few months…I can relate and understand. My ex-boyfriend did some terrible things to me, however I was also to blame for the broken-down state of our relationship…I certainly wasn’t a very good girlfriend.

    I’m so glad you were able to get to this point today. It’s so powerful to come to those understandings within ourselves.

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    • Maria says:

      Thank you Britta for sharing! It helps so much to see a situation from an outside view, to see what we did wrong and what the point of it all was. Btw, Britta is a very Swedish name… Are you also Swedish? 🙂

      Have an amazing day!


      • Britta says:

        Absolutely. I grew so much from the experience, even though I was hurting so much during it.

        I am not Swedish..at least not to my knowledge. My mom just absolutely loved the name and vowed that if she ever had a daughter, she’d name her Britta…which is what she did! 🙂

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      • Maria says:

        You are so right. All the difficult things that happens to us are indeed blessings in disguise.

        It’s a very traditional Swedish name 🙂 Love it!


  2. irtfyblog says:

    Outside of my immediate family, you are the very first woman I have ever met who has owned and admitted her mistakes when a relationship has failed, then humbled herself to the point where she apologized to the other person for hurting them. – I’m not kidding about that. — and for this, I’m thankful.

    I stumbled on your blog from “working for the cause, not the applause” and I’m happy that I did. Your blog post has rekindled my faith that there are women in this world who can actually admit that it takes two to make or break a relationship. I look forward to reading more about your journey.

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