7 Writing Prompts to Help You Let Go

Part of healing can be letting go—and it’s hard. Therapy, meditation and mindfulness can help you process the parts of your life that are no longer serving you. Writing can help you release your thoughts and feelings and make space for new beginnings.

These writing prompts will help remind you what you’re ready to let go of and also how to say goodbye with love. 

  1. It’s okay to outgrow people, places and things. It’s okay for them to outgrow you too. Write everything you want to express in a letter. Even if you choose not to send it, clarifying your feelings will help you come to terms with reality as it is now.

  1. Allow yourself to grieve the loss of what you’re letting go of. You can’t heal what you don’t let yourself feel. Write down freely what happened. All of it. Don’t hold back. 

  1. Ask yourself: Is what I’m holding onto also holding onto me? Answer honestly. 

  1. Forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for not knowing better at the time. Forgive yourself for giving away your power. Forgive yourself for the survival patterns and traits you picked up while enduring trauma. Forgive yourself for being who you needed to be. Writing and repeating affirmations can help you heal. Here are some that may help you:
    • Forgiveness is a gift I give myself 
    • I am human.
    • I forgive myself for not knowing what I know now. 
    • I am grateful for increased insight and opportunity to make a better choice from now on.
    • I accept myself completely.
    • I allow myself to be at peace with this. 
    • I will continue to take small steps towards making peace with my past.
    • I acted in the best way I was capable of in that moment. 
    • Today, I start fresh.

All too often we find ourselves caught in cycles and reoccurring issues because we’re comfortable.

  1. By letting go of the parts of our lives that are causing us to remain “stuck,” we are free to move forward in our journey. Ask yourself: Why am I still holding on? Does it truly feel good or is it just familiar? What steps can I take to break free of old habits? 

  1. Relationships don’t need to last forever to serve their purpose. Sometimes the only closure you’ll get is accepting that the past can’t change and that’s okay. Identify what the experience taught you and how you’ve grown to help develop a sense of closure. 

  1. Letting go is also letting in. Making room for something new is always hard but it’s worth it. What are you going to make room for? What are you looking forward to doing next? 

Your life awaits, it’s time to let go!