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Disappointment can be a difficult emotion to deal with, regardless of your age. Whether young, middle aged or elderly, we all aspire to have certain things in our lives or have goals we are striving to achieve. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to, and disappointment can be the end result.
Although disappointment is a normal part of life, we all have a choice as to how we respond to the emotions surrounding it. The way we choose to respond has a direct link to future happiness, overall health, social interactions and mental well-being. By choosing to wallow in the negative feelings, you may find yourself avoiding friends, eating poorly, and generally feeling sad or angry most of the time. Alternatively, if you choose to look at the disappointment as a normal part of life and decide to move on or view it as a challenge to be overcome, then your positive mindset will help motivate you towards the pursuit of other goals and healthy life choices.
It is important for individuals to take steps to recognise and overcome negative emotions associated with disappointment, as left unchecked these can bring on stronger emotions such as anxiety and depression. If you are struggling to manage feelings of disappointment, the strategies below may help shift you towards a positive mindset.
If you are having difficulties overcoming feelings of disappointment, contact Karen Cummins at Mindful Crossroads counselling services on 0400416535, or fill in the “Contact” section on the Mindful Crossroads website to arrange a confidential discussion.