Harboring Resentment & Adrenal Fatigue: 7 Tips to Let It Go
by Rochelle Griffin
Have you ever heard of the phrase “Living With Resentment Is Like Taking Poison and Hoping the Other Guy Will Get Sick?” There is more truth to it than you may realize. Unfortunately resentful people don’t realize that they are actually doing a major disservice to their body. External stress (the kind of stuff that we have some level of control over) is taxing their adrenal function and can lead to adrenal fatigue.
People can actually become addicted to resentment, being blind to how it’s affecting not only their body, but the people around them as well. Before they know it, they are in a downward spiral into the world of adrenal fatigue.
I knew someone in the past that was very resentful towards me (still for reasons unknown) and continues to hold a grudge to this day. This resentment doesn’t affect me in the slightest way, other than to make me genuinely sad that she hasn’t let it go. I happen to know that this negativity does, however, continue to affect her current relationships. She’s simply blind to it.
When you feed yourself this kind of poison, your adrenal glands react just as if you are under a physical attack. Our body isn’t made to know the difference…it’s simply knows to keep us safe. So our adrenals excrete cortisol, along with other fight or flight hormones, to help us cope. When we are under chronic stress…including things like harboring anger and resentment, our adrenals are constantly reacting…and eventually they are going to give out, rendering them ineffective.
Please know that while I’m not a therapist, I’ve had to deal with my own resentments in the past. I want to share a few tips that I found particularly helpful.
7 Tips for letting go of resentment:
- Give it to God and pray.
- Acknowledge your part in the situation.
- Forgive the other person. This is more for you than anyone else.
- Call a truce with the other person.
- Check your own motives.
- Be grateful for all of the wonderful things in your life.
- If needed, talk to a professional
Adrenal fatigue won’t go away on it’s own. It takes therapeutic intervention. If you don’t deal with your emotions and continue to allow them to rule you (after all, repression IS the seed to depression,) any therapeutic intervention will be ineffective and useless.
Do yourself AND your body a favor…let the resentment go.
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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