Scientific research has proven the Family-Family Education Program developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, as one of the very best educational programs for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. One of the key concepts in the program is the importance of learning to let go by following the following guidelines.
- To let go does not mean to stop caring. It means I can’t do it for someone else.
- To let go is not to cut myself off. It’s the realization I can’t control another.
- To let go is to allow someone to learn from natural consequences.
- To let go is to recognize when the outcome is not in my hands.
- To let go is not to care for, but to care about.
- To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.
- To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
- To let go is not to expect miracles, but to take each day as it comes, and cherish it.
- To let go is not to criticize or regulate anybody, but to try to become what I dream I could be.
- To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
- To let go is to fear less and love more.
In the next sessions, some of these important principles are discussed in more detail by providing practical guidelines on how to best achieve their objectives. These include practices and exercises of relaxation, mindfulness, self-compassion, and empathy, which will improve your own mindset and interaction with your loved one.