How Do I Make New Memories After A Painful Past?FeelingsHow Do I Make New Memories After A Painful Past?<div class="ExternalClassAF613C5DA6A74750958E98C52BE9DDCD"><p>​How do I start a new life after a painful past? How do I make new memories??<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassB2538A69B6EF488CB9728BA232935F02"><p>​We're so glad you are reaching out to talk about this.  It sounds like you have struggled with quite a bit.  </p><p>You are right, you can make new memories when moving forward with your life. You will still have a life with a painful past. So, how do you continue life moving beyond the pain? Get professional help. It's a great first step to move forward to your future! Try to focus on these steps:</p><ul><li><a href="/Pages/Seeing-A-Counselor.aspx?Topic=Suicidal%20Thoughts">Get professional support</a></li><li><a href="/Pages/tip-choosing-the-right-coping-skill.aspx?Topic=Coping%20Skills">Use healthy coping skills</a></li><li><a href="/Pages/tip-9-steps-to-taking-care-of-yourself.aspx?Topic=Taking%20Care%20of%20You">Take care of yourself</a></li><li><a href="/Pages/tip-101-positive-things-to-say-to-myself.aspx?Topic=Self%20Esteem">Use positive affirmation with yourself </a> </li></ul><p>Your past doesn't define you. Whatever you went through, you don't have to stay in the past with those memories. You can't change them, you can't fix anything that happened but you can find healthy ways to deal with them and move forward. Notice we said move forward and not get over it. Your past will still be part of your story. We all have history, some more painful than others. Today is a new day and you have the chance to make it spectacular! You can make new memories.  <br></p><p>We are here to help you through this.  <br></p><p> Take care,</p><p>Naina, Counselor<br></p></div>17

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