If we were to be honest, we may have dealt with feelings of regret at some point in our lives. Regret can occur whenever we have come to a place of decision in which we thought would lead to a different outcome. Let’s take a moment to discuss, “Living with Regret.
Living with regret, can affect so much of our lives. Honestly, regret can be good and bad. Dealing with feelings of regret can help us to think more carefully about future choices based on the mistakes from the past. We should also allow these moments of regret to be lessons of things we really desire.
Some things we may regret include but not limited to: education, career, relationships, parenting, having or not having children, and leisure. Perhaps you stayed somewhere longer than you should have and regretted the outcome.
Having a negative response with consequences based off a decision/s we made, can also be difficult to move past. The important part is to keep in mind that, in making choices based off your emotions can lead to further disappointment and regret.
How can we cope and be able to live with regret? Let’s look at some helpful tips.
1-Recognize your feelings of regret
2-Accept your feelings of regret
3-Learn from what went wrong
4-Decide to make better choices
5-Recognize the need to heal from the negative consequences
6-Focus on things you enjoy (i.e. time with family, watching your favorite movie or working on a new project you would like)
7-Make new realistic goals
8-If you continue to feel stuck in a repeating cycle of self-blame and negative thinking, please consider getting outside professional help to stop this harmful behavioral pattern.
9-Be honest as you analyze the entire situation. Here are some important things to consider.
• Do you recognize the excessive effects of regret on what you do and how you speak?
• Could you have done anything differently considering where you are in your life and the information and experiences you had until this point in your life?
• Did anything else cause you to make your mistake?
• Do you regret anything specifically in the situation?
• Has this situation caused you to change the way you act and respond in a comparable situation?
• Can you do anything now that will help you in the future regarding this situation?
10-Pay attention to how regret has impacted you.
We must be careful with regret because these repeated negative feelings can impact your mental health which can lead to depression, lessened motivation, lower self-esteem, and feelings of helplessness. Regret can also cause trouble with sleep, loss in appetite, and headaches.
Recognizing the impact of regret on our lives is important. When you can identify and accept your feelings of regret; focus on what you learned and make realistic goals towards things you enjoy; you will begin to move forward toward breaking the cycle of the negative feelings of regret. Please obtain therapy if you need further help. Find a therapist online.
I would love to hear from you. How has regret impacted you? What have you learned from these negative experiences that can lead to a positive outlook? Are you able to live with your regret? Share your story. I believe it will help others. Thank you for taking a moment with me discussing: “Living with Regret.”
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