Coping with Failure

Coping with Failure

5 Ways to Help Coping with Failure

coping with failure

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As a teen, failure can seem like the end of the world. We learn throughout adolescence, that failure is a part of life. It’s a setback, an emotional letdown, a breakup, or a loss. The reason why these experiences are so emotionally disrupting is because you feel like you failed. As a teen it may be hard to accept now, these failures teach us many important lessons throughout life. Failure is unavoidable, but there are ways for coping with failure. Psychology Today suggest these 5 ways to help coping with failure.

  1. Examine the truth. Healing and recovery generally start when the truth is revealed. Avoiding the truth only delays the pain that comes along with failure. Coping with failure often comes with being truthful to yourself about the mistakes you made. Not accepting your mistakes only prolongs the problem.
  2. Become transparent with yourself. Being able to forgive yourself is an essential part of coping with failure. When mistakes occur, we often forgive others but forget to forgive ourselves. It’s important to reflect on how you contributed to problems. not just blame others. Once again being truthful with yourself is part of coping with failure. An important part of making sure you don’t make the same mistake again is being able to honestly and accurately assess the situation.
  3. Allow yourself to feel the pain of failure. For many people, the immediate response to failure is to move onward and ignore the pain. This prolongs the problem and the pain, rather than accepting it and moving forward. Don’t hide from your pain through other distractions. Find the lesson behind your pain.
  4. Commit to being open to the bigger lessons. Experiences of failure are ultimately life lessons. Being able to see the bigger lesson to your failure will prevent you from making the same mistake again. Learning to see failure in a new way can reduce the pain your feeling.
  5. Be willing to change. Similar to accepting the bigger lesson, be willing to accept that those lessons often require change. Be open to change, so that you can grow as an individual.

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