There’s a difference between retelling an embarrassing story to make your friends laugh and actually dealing with the negative feelings it brings up. Both can be methods for processing trauma, but the latter is necessary for true mental, physical and emotional well-being. Not every embarrassing moment we experience will linger long after, but some do. These are the moments that can fester inside us. They turn into grudges we hold onto, trapping us and preventing us from achieving our potential.
If this sounds familiar, get ready for eight letting go of resentment exercises that will help you move on with your life. Releasing a grudge and learning to forgive is not easy, but it’s worth it.
What is resentment?
Resentment is the chronic bitterness one feels after being treated poorly. Synonyms include anger and umbrage, though resentment is more closely associated with the negative emotions that linger after an incident, rather than those popping up during one. For instance, you may feel anger while your boss talks down to you in front of your team, but you’ll feel resentment later that day as you recall what happened. Resentment also typically persists over time and becomes second nature, which is why it’s so hard to shake.