Ways To Deal With Disappointment

7 Effective Ways To Deal With Disappointment

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How To Respond To Disappointment

We are about to discuss some ways to deal with disappointment.

And the beauty of this conversation is that we are all familiar with this. Disappointment is universal.

I would be very shocked if someone said they had never experienced disappointment in their lifetime. 

No one is immune to it. And no matter our efforts, there is nothing we can do to guarantee we don’t face disappointments in life. 

Disappointment can come into any area of our lives. It does not discriminate. It can be minor or it can feel soul-crushing. 

No matter the magnitude of the disappointment, it’s not a very pleasant experience.

Learning to cope and move through it is crucial. (especially since we all deal with disappointment probably more than we even realize) 

These ideas are not magical solutions sure to help you avoid disappointment. They are here to help you better handle and navigate the journey of disappointing experiences. 

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Here Are 7 Helpful & Practical Ways To Deal With Disappointment

1) Don’t Push it Away

That whole get up and dust yourself off saying comes to mind here. And I do believe that the power to bounce back is a powerful one. Resilience can be a helpful tool. 

But I think it leaves out a crucial piece of the puzzle. A piece that many of us need in order to work through whatever situation we are going through. 


Acknowledging how we feel is important. Remind yourself that it is ok to feel disappointed. We don’t have to be ashamed or try to hide from it. 

Acknowledging and recognizing how you feel is a big deal. If we don’t do this, we might get stuck in this feeling. It will fester. And we will not benefit from a disappointment infestation. 

2) Express Yourself

You can talk with a friend or family member. Don’t underestimate the power of people supporting you during challenging times. 

You can grab a notebook and let it all out. (like having a conversation with yourself)

This can help you process what you are going through. Oftentimes, the way we view something can drastically change when we don’t keep it locked inside.

Gaining perspective may also happen after you acknowledge and express what you have going on. 

In many cases, it is a natural progression. We all know how powerful a perspective shift can be. 

3) Focus on…

What you can control.

When working through disappointment, it can be easy to sort of get stuck in a loop of going over what went wrong and what we didn’t like about a situation. 

At some point, we need to pivot to what we can control. What can we do about the situation? Where can we move our attention? 

What actions can you take?

4) Be Realistic

Bumps in the road are part of life. 

The reality of life is that no matter what we do or the choices we make, the chances of things always going our way are slim. 

Everything is not in our control. 

This also relates to expectations. If our expectations are extremely rigid and leave no room for flexibility, the chances of things not going according to plan are quite high. 

5) Did I Learn Something?

This sounds annoying. Doesnt it?

When we experience disappointment in any capacity, I’m pretty positive we don’t jump straight to thinking about what we have learned.

This most likely doesn’t happen when the disappointment is fresh. It may take some time.

But we find what we are looking for. So if we are looking for things that add fuel to the fire that is what we will find. If we pivot to looking for a lesson in something, we might just find one. 

And here is your reminder that one thing does not cancel out another. Looking for a lesson or a learning opportunity does not diminish the disappointment we experienced. 

There is room for both. It’s one of those “two things can be true” situations. 

6) Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is a small habit that can truly impact your life when practiced regularly. 

What’s going well in your life? What are you thankful for?

As I mentioned earlier, we find what we are looking for. If we are hunting for annoyances or reasons why our life doesn’t feel great chances are that’s what we’ll find. 

The same idea rings true for the good things in life.

(A gratitude journal will come in handy with this)

7) Be Kind To Yourself

This is one of those things that makes total sense, right?

But it is so much easier said than done. We are often our biggest bullies in life. It’s sad but true. 

Would you be compassionate or cruel to a friend going through a hard time? My guess is you would be gentle and show kindness. You wouldn’t beat them while they were down.

Treat yourself as you would others. 

This is about not only treating yourself with kindness but also taking care of yourself. 

Treating yourself like the valuable and awesome person you are. 

Disappointments have happened to you before. Disappointments will happen to you again. 

They come with the territory of being a human being living in the world. 

While I wish there was a secret sauce to brushing every disappointment off or never getting discouraged, there simply isn’t. 

There are just some simple things we can do to better manage some of the blows we take in life. 

Ideas we can implement and use to guide us in a more productive direction.

Which one of these ways to deal with disappointment stood out to you?

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