Healing Is Extremely Uncomfortable, But Worth It

Healing — it’s a journey that many embark on, yet few truly understand. The truth about the healing process is that it can be complex, messy, and very painful. If you’re on this path, battling past wounds or struggling to overcome pain, know that you’re not alone. With that said, here are some reasons why healing can be extremely uncomfortable, but worth it:

It Starts With Acknowledgement

There’s a common metaphor therapists like to use about healing and it goes like this: think of your emotional problems like a snail. Slow, sure, but always steadily and persistently trailing behind you. You might try to outrun it, keeping busy, always moving. But sooner or later, you’ll need to rest and take a break, and that’s when it’s going to catch up with you. Because no matter how hard you try to bury your feelings or ignore your emotional trauma, you’ll never find true peace until you’re willing to admit that you need healing and be able to face and understand what you’re healing from.

It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

Here’s the part no one tells you about emotional healing: it gets worse before it gets better. In order to heal your emotional wounds, you’ll need to re-open it, talk about it, and re-experience it before you can learn to let it go. And pain is a natural part of this process. Most of us make the mistake of thinking that it’s better to avoid these raw, visceral emotions — grief, anxiety, anger, fear — but that interferes with our natural ability to resolve that stress response and traps those emotions in our body. There’s no way around it, you need to feel to heal. Sure, it’s tough, but it’s a sign you’re on the right track. So learn to find comfort in the discomfort; it’s what makes you stronger and more resilient. 

It’s Not Linear

Healing your mind isn’t the same as healing your body. When you’re healing physical wounds, you get better until, one day, you’re good as new, back to where you were before. But when you’re healing psychological wounds, you’re not trying to return to where you were before. You won’t feel yourself noticeably getting better each day. Instead, there may be days where you make leaps of progress, and others when you stumble back. That’s okay! Healing is far from a straight path. It’s a winding journey filled with twists, turns, and unexpected detours. That’s okay! Healing is far from a straight path. It’s a winding journey filled with twists, turns, and unexpected detours. The key is to take each day as it comes and keep pushing ahead.

It Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Emotional healing is a journey, not a destination. You’re not going to wake up one day and suddenly have everything figured out. Instead, it’s more like planting a seed. You have to nurture it, water it, and give it plenty of sunlight for it to grow. Healing requires intention, effort, patience, and self-compassion. So be gentle with yourself and understand that everything unfolds at its own pace. It’s not about reaching some unattainable ideal, but rather, growing into the best version of yourself. So take a breath, pat yourself on the back, and know that you’re doing just fine.

Pain is Not Your Enemy

As overwhelming as it may seem at times, know that pain is not permanent; it’s simply a response to your emotional wounds. Healing isn’t about getting rid of that pain, but learning to live with it. Accepting it as a part of who you are without letting it define you. Embracing vulnerability is hard, but the human spirit is resilient, and you are so much stronger than you give yourself credit for. You’ve survived every bad day, every heartache, every setback – and here you are, still standing. You have the power to overcome whatever life throws your way. 

It’s All Worth It in the End

So, now you know. Emotional healing can be uncomfortable, exhausting, and downright painful at times. And it might be the most difficult thing you’ll ever have to do, but also the most rewarding and transformative journey you’ll ever embark upon. Not convinced? Imagine a life where you’re no longer weighed down by the burdens of your past, where you can look in the mirror and truly love the person staring back at you. 

When you invest in healing, you’re investing in genuine happiness, contentment, and inner peace. It brings you a deeper sense of self-love, self-acceptance, healthier connections, and helps you reclaim power over your life. By letting go of the past, you’re creating space for new opportunities and experiences to enter your life. Remember, discomfort is not your enemy,  but your compass. Growth is a cycle of suffering, healing, and happiness.

So, to anyone out there on their healing journey, know that we’re rooting for you. You are capable, you are resilient, and you are worthy of every joy that awaits you on the other side of healing. It’s okay to feel uncomfortable. It’s okay to struggle. But never forget that you’re worth the effort, and you don’t have to do it all alone. Reach out to friends, family, and mental health professionals. We have a whole community here at Psych2Go you can connect with, so feel free to share your stories, insights, and encouragement down below!

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