Whether you were denied a promotion at the office or you failed to qualify for a marathon, failing feels bad. Many people will go to great lengths to avoid failing so they don’t have to feel painful emotions.
There are many reasons why people might experience feelings of failure. Some factors that might play a role include:
- A sense of hopelessness
- Feelings of helplessness
- Lack of supportive relationships
- Low self-esteem
- Making comparisons with others
- Poor self-concept
- Negative self-talk
- Unrealistic expectations
If you find yourself thinking “I am a failure,” it’s important to know that there are things you can do to feel better. Knowing how to cope with failure in a healthy way takes some of the fear out of failing—and it might reduce the pain so you can bounce back better than before. Here are 10 healthy ways to cope with failure.