“Understand. Address. Forgive. Let Go.” - Erica Mallery
Resentment is a feeling all of us are familiar with. Maybe it shows up as anger or frustration towards someone or something that has caused you harm or pain. It can be caused by a variety of things, such as being wronged, feeling betrayed, or being treated unfairly.
Resentment can have a negative impact on your life. It can make you feel angry, bitter, and resentful. Inadequate, shameful, and unworthy. It can also lead to problems in your relationships, at work, and in other areas of your life (and may even be one of the reasons you turn to alcohol.)
There are a number of things you can do to cope with resentment. One is to talk to someone about how you are feeling. Another is to write down your thoughts and feelings. You can also try to forgive the person who has wronged you. Forgiveness does not mean that you forget what happened, but it does mean that you let go of the anger and resentment.
Paramount though is understanding what you are feeling and why you are feeling the way you are. Only then can you address what needs to be done (in a healthy way, of course), start to forgive, and eventually let go.
If you are struggling to cope with resentment, it is important to do something about it.
Here's a great worksheet to help you understand, address, forgive, and let go. Don't hold on to resentment any longer.