Regret or guilt and how to deal with either of the two or both are such vast subjects. They are powerful emotions that eat us away, without a doubt. That’s because every person deals with things differently. So a person’s guilt or regret should not be compared to another person’s. No matter how easy it looks like someone worked their way through it.
Since they both are common things to feel and experience, people just live through It without necessarily dealing or getting rid of it. It could go on for years and until death too. Should we then see regret and guilt as normal things? Yes, we should. Are there ways to manage guilt and regret? Definitely.
- Acknowledging your guilt or regret
- Show remorse to the party you hurt
- If possible, apologize
- Learn compassion instead of negative self-talk
While feeling guilty might lead to some pretty harsh self-criticism, telling yourself how horribly you screwed up won’t make things better.
- Be kind to yourself
Your feelings should be considered too. So beating yourself up about it will only make it worse and then you’d proceed to begin self-hating.
- Forgive yourself
As a result, you won’t let that error define you as you move forward. By accepting your imperfections, you show yourself love and kindness.