What is healing and how do you know if you’re actually doing it right? Or at all?
Healing is the process of “growing sound; getting well; or mending”. This can happen on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level–and healing is different for everyone so there is no “right” way to do it. Here are 11 signs you are healing (IMHO of course):
You have more good parts of your day than bad; we all have ups and downs in our day. This is totally normal and helps you process life–choose some healthy ways to deal with these up/down moments.
You realize that bad situations are only temporary; even when you have a really bad day you realize that this is a temporary situation. Tomorrow is another day.
You make healthier eating habits; the way you treat your body is a reflection of how you feel internally. When you feel better about yourself on the inside you start treating yourself better on the outside by feeding yourself nourishing foods.
You make sleep a priority. Your mood is directly affected when you’re not getting enough sleep. The same is true for me too, when I get too much sleep.
You recognize when you need space and you give yourself that space. When you start to feel drained, tired, cranky, or feel icky or get headaches around people, you need space. Give yourself time to recharge.
You set healthy boundaries and surround yourself with good people. Again, if you start to feel drained or physically unwell around the same people, not just sometimes but ALL THE TIME around the same person, set boundaries with them. This can be difficult when they are family members but putting your phone on “do not disturb” or meeting them somewhere with a trusted friend outside of your home or theirs is helpful too.
You speak kindly about your body. Even if it’s just something as simple as “I am growing to love my body.”
You nourish your mind. When I’m not feeling well I mostly just want to do nothing. Like I just lay there, but when I’m feeling like I’m on a healing path I feel more motivated and I find things to learn about; this can be a weekly podcast, a book you’re reading, or even a really inspiring person on the ‘gram.
You are able to honor and release your negative emotions.
You understand that what people say about you is a reflection of their own insecurity. It’s that simple. I mean, do some self-reflection and processing, but harmful, intentionally cutting criticism is not an accurate reflection of the amazing human that you are. Period.
You continually look for ways to be happier and healing. You don’t stop you healing just because you feel really great one day. You continually grow through healing; whether that is through going to the gym, doing a yoga, eating the kale, you look for things that make you happier because they are on your path to healing.