You’ve probably been told to just let it go, but letting go of the past is much easier said than done. Regrets are usually tied to events in the past that were emotional, traumatic, or the spark behind a flame of consequence, which means it’s not that easy to just let it go. However, letting things go is important, and it’s what many of us need to learn how to do. After all, the past is the past, and the present is all we have to enjoy.
But how do you know when it’s time to let something go? It’s not always easy to tell. Sometimes past events or experiences will directly affect how you perform in the present, and sometimes things lie dormant, waiting for the right time to emerge. Here are ten signs you need to let go of the past and move forward.
1. You Feel Drained
If the people you’re hanging around with or you environment seems to be draining you of your energy, it’s time to move on. Sometimes people grow faster than their friends, this is just reality, but it’s a reality that needs facing.
2. You’re Questioned
If you feel like your core beliefs, morals, or integrity is in question, it’s time to leave your current situation behind and move on.
3. Things That Used To Excite You, Depress You
If something in your life you used to enjoy is no longer making you happy, you need to leave that something in the past and find something new.
4. You ‘Fake’ Your Happiness
If you’re faking positivity or a friendly disposition, it’s probably time to confront this self-deception and move past it.
5. You Feel Trapped
If you feel like you need more freedom in your life, it’s most likely because you do, so consider changing things up.
6. It Feels ‘Easy’ To Be Sad
If you find it hard to be happy rather than sad, and sometimes you’re overwhelmed by your own sorrow, it’s time for some drastic life changes.
7. You’re Often Bored
If you feel an undeniable sense of boredom with your life, it’s time to find something new to do. Leave what you’re doing in the past and start trying new things.
8. You Feel Stuck
If you feel like you can’t break a cycle or pattern that’s causing you harm, it’s time to self-reflect on why, and actively strive for some major changes.
9. You Feel Alone When Your With People
If you have feelings of isolation, that you’re constantly misunderstood, or you have to try to be accepted, you’re hanging around the wrong people. Although it may be difficult to do, you need to find people to be around who allow you to be who you are.
10. You Neglect Your Personal Relationships
If you realize that you’ve been neglecting personal relationships for the sake of someone else, understand that you’re only hurting them and yourself. Make a positive change.