Women's Health




Can holding a grudge really hurt your health?

Absolutely! Negative emotion can start a destructive cycle—it leads 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 can cause low self-esteem…and so on and so on.

The good news is that if you’re able to acknowledge you are holding a grudge, you’re halfway to releasing it. To fully let it go, try a forgiveness meditation. 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

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