How to Handle Disappointment

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Disappointment can be an unsettling emotion to live with.

From people to lost opportunities, your own actions to the actions of people that have little relationship to you, experiencing disappointment is a fact of life. When you are feeling disappointed, you have options: to wallow in your misery or to learn how to cope and move forward. Here are some tips for managing disappointment when it strikes–

1. Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

No matter how great your life is, if something disappoints you, it is normal to feel down. However, dealing with your disappointment by pouting or feeling sorry for yourself is the worst thing you can do. Instead of feeling bad, realize that you have dozens of windows of opportunities in front of you. Get up and do something.

2. Gain Perspective

If you are feeling disappointed, take a moment to treat yourself as a friend would, giving yourself time to process your emotions and really understand them. Once you do this, you’ll have more perspective. For example, if you feel disappointed by your spouse because they forgot to pick up milk (again!), they may be completely unaware of this fact. If you were in their shoes, how would you feel? Are your feelings of disappointment really worth harboring?

3. Move One

Finally, after you have let yourself experience your disappointment, move on. If you need to apologize, do it; if you need to seek an apology, do it. However, realize that ultimately, you are responsible for your own emotions and your own path in life.

How do you handle disappointment?

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