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To mend you must let go of anger and resentment

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. February 20, 2013

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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

The comments this past week have provided some powerful tools for survival, resilience and moving forward in the face of adversity.

One of these truths is that if you maintain a victim mentality, you are absolutely doomed. But if you acknowledge that somehow you had something to do with the mess that you're in; if you can take personal responsibility and acknowledge your role in a setback or a frustration, you can begin the painful journey of recovery.

On the other hand, if you hold onto anger and resentment, these fiery coals will burn a hole in your stomach and drain your soul.

Another key message in the comments was the need to maintain your physical fitness, as well as your spiritual fortitude. Pilates, yoga, stretching, calisthenics, and techniques for mindfulness and living in the moment are powerful antidotes for the miseries and setbacks that can beset us.

We are all searching for answers, but the reality is there's no quick fix. But there are time-honored interventions that can help mend the wounds, mend the fences, close painful chapters, and move on to a life of peace, health and serenity.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Feb. 20, 2013