We feel guilty about going to the pub, eating crisps instead of going to the gym, and about not spending enough time with family and friends.
You can’t live a completely guilt free life but you can keep it within manageable bounds.
Guilt is an emotion and it follows directly from the thought that you are responsible for someone else’s misfortune, whether or not this is the case.
Sometimes guilt can be helpful, it helps us recognise when we have done harm.
It can help us develop a better sense of our behaviour.
Excessive guilt slows you down and prevents you from doing things that make you happy.
Guilt is unhealthy if it is out of proportion. It can lead to us expecting too much from ourselves and from others.
To manage guilt it is helpful to identify what makes us guilty and how it makes us feel, physically and emotionally.
Seeing this clearly, on paper, helps to challenge these thoughts and identify how to reduce these feelings.
Get in touch now to learn how to focus less on what you haven’t done in the past and more on what you can do in the future.
Remember, you can only shape the future by acting in the present.