It is really hard when someone or something disappoints us.
When we put our best effort or hopes into anything or anyone, be it a relationship, a new job or a new venture, if it doesn’t work out or things don’t go as planned, it can be difficult to pick up the pieces and start over. Or, forgive and forget and forge ahead. Or even further still, not let the pain get in the way of our own growth.
Everyone feels disappointed now and then. For some of us, disappointment may seem to literally come and come and come– without ceasing to end for a while– but it always does go away.
How we deal with these disappointments are key to how we grow from them.
Here are 3 healthy ways to cope with disappointment:
Take Time Alone to Think
Taking some time on your own to reflect and consider how this disappointment played out is helpful.
- If your expectations were fair
- If you put your best effort in
- If there was a way you may have contributed to the situation
- If there is anything you could do to feel better and heal