CAN HOLDING A GRUDGE REALLY HURT YOUR HEALTH?
Absolutely! Negative emotions can quickly kickstart a destructive cycle.
They lead to biochemical changes such as an increase in cortisol (the stress hormone), which interferes with your body’s natural healing mechanism, which leads to less self-care (such as exercise), which creates physical pain, which leads to more dark emotions, which may result in poor lifestyle choices, which can cause low self-esteem ... and so on, and on and on. “The good news is that if you’re able to acknowledge that you are holding a grudge, you’re halfway to releasing it,” says Vicky Vlachonis, osteopath and pain expert. “To fully let it go, try a forgiveness meditation.” A what? Each night in a quiet room with your eyes closed, repeat this as often as you need, either out loud or to yourself: “I forgive those who have wronged me. I forgive myself. I let go of all anger, resentment and pain. I welcome an abundance of love, peace and joy. Thank you mind, thank you body.” Do this every night until you feel you no longer need it. “Even if you don’t reach 100 per cent forgiveness, just repeating the words helps,” says Vlachonis. When you’re in doubt, just meditate it out.