Emotional healing takes time just like physical healing. I remember when I broke my foot. The doctor told me it would take eight weeks before I could use it. Guess what? I didn’t believe him. I thought my bones were super bones and could heal just fine in three weeks. Using my broken foot before it healed made the injury worse.
My impatience with the healing process prolonged the physical injury and my misery. In fact, it took a year before I could walk a mile without pain. Grief and grieving deserve the same kind of respectful healing you’d give to broken bones and other injuries. If we’re stuck in deep pain from the past, it can lead to the need to numbing with alcohol or drugs. Many experts now say that addiction is rooted in trauma. That’s the reason we need to work more on understanding our trauma and grief and taking the baby steps to work our way to emotional health.
Emotional healing takes time
My broken foot healed, but the memory lingers. I try to be careful not to fall that way again. Memories of emotional injuries can be so deep we may think we can never recover. Memories of loved ones we’ve lost, and of people who have hurt us can keep us stuck in the past. Getting help for emotional pain can move us into a healthier future. Check out 100 Tips For Growing Up, a fun book to get the life you want.