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Six Tips for Releasing Resentment

Hello Lifers, Happy Monday!

As you go through this week, many blessings to you!

Are you still holding on to resentment towards someone that has wronged you? Let's be real here; everyone suffers from painful experiences that may be doing more harm than good in their life today. A bad experience may have happened once, but it can turn into the unwanted gift that keeps on giving. 

Resentment is closely related to anger; both are ill will toward someone or something that originates from the past. Bitterness can leave you re-living of past injustices — real or perceived — and the old feelings of anger connected to them. In reality, this repeated negativity is more damaging to your system than the actual incident that occurred. 

Anyone who carries around this pain knows how overwhelming it can be to function at times. Many have learned to cope by suppressing it rather than face and fix it.

They don't realize that burying it can negatively impact their relationships, successes, and overall happiness. It may be the root of so many actions and reactions you have on a day to day basis, and you don't realize it. Figuring out that this venom within you may be affecting your ability to experience lasting joy, is the first step towards change. 

What is the cure for resentment? 

Here are six quick steps to move you closer to some relief.

Forgiveness. Forgiveness towards someone who has wronged you can go a long way. You don't have to tell them you forgive them, just tell yourself. Forgiveness can be what you need to purge the poison from your system.

Acknowledge it. Just admit it. You have been hurt, and you have been hurt badly. You recognized that it has happened, but it does not define you. It is okay to feel hurt by your experience.

Move on. Choose to move on from the situation. Moving on means you decide not to let the situation define you, your worth, and your life. You have had so many positive experiences and wins in your life, remember those, let them become part of your life picture. Choose to recognize the entire picture of your life versus just one chapter.

Remember you. Who are you? What makes you happy? Start to reconnect with you again. Start with remembering your dreams, hopes, and desires for your life. Don't let one setback keep you from going after all you wish and work for in your life.

Reject anger. When you feel that you are getting angry, try to reach for better feelings. This can be a hard task to master, but with practice, you will overcome it. Focus on doing something that will bring you joy. When you feel anger coming in, listening to some of your favorite music, read something funny, watch a movie, overall distract yourself with something positive.

Create. Use a negative situation to create a positive ending. We all go through things that impact and hurt us to our core. Use these lives, changing negative experiences to propel you towards a positive path in life. Share your experiences with others and how you have overcome them to help you heal. Someone else is hurting and has experienced hurt just like you have. Sharing how you have overcome hurt or working to overcome it. This can help you feel better while you help others feeling better. Knowing you are not unique in your experiences can help you create a positive emotion towards life.

Using these six quick steps towards forgiveness can hopefully help you move past your negative experience. Remember it will take work and it won't happen overnight. Keep trying, and you will eventually master the art of happiness through forgiveness.

That’s it for this week.

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Until next time.

- Teresa Commanding Life


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