How to Get Over Things and Stop Being So Upset
Disappointment sucks. It sucks almost as much as the fact that disappointment is a part of life. It is guaranteed.
And unfortunately, what isn’t guaranteed is the ability to get over those mishaps in an effective way.
We tend to mope around and stay mad/angry/sad/low energy about whatever bothered us. Although I know that accepting and acknowledging our emotions is vital to living well and being ridiculously good at life, I also know that having power and control over our emotional energy is even more crucial.
Something bugs us. Our partner forgets to do something they said they would do. Our boss snaps at something we aren’t responsible for. The douche bag with the excessively loud mufflers cuts us off again.
Sometimes we don’t get what we want. Instead, we get what we really don’t want.
Most of us would be very reactive. We’d immediately bring out the blame guns and start pointing them at everyone else. The other people are making us feel this way, the other people are responsible for our emotions. We give away our power and let the momentum of negativity drag us deeper and deeper into the draining waves of disappointment and anger.
This can ruin an entire day or week. It can ruin a client meeting or an entire relationship. With enough reactivity, we can ruin our entire lives by constantly giving away our power and constantly indulging in the bad feelings.
Why is it so easy?
When we feel bad, it is so easy to feel bad. Feeling bad is a justification in itself. We feel angry/sad/upset because something/someone else ruined a scenario. We’re right! We’re correct! They did it! It’s not my fault, it’s their fault. They are wrong and I am right and I am going to continue to be right even at the expense of my emotional stability.
It is so easy to hold onto blame and get sucked into the negativity. We don’t really have much resistance to negative feelings when we feel wronged or targeted or abused. What we do have (and have a lot of) is resistance to the solution.
When our partner apologizes once, we resist them and insist in direct ways or passive aggressive ways that they should continue to feel bad for doing what they did. Instead of discussing the situation, finding a solution, and taking action towards that resolution, we spend our energy feeling hurt. When someone gives us criticism we think is unnecessary, we turn that person into a monster in our minds and find absolutely everything wrong with them. We alienate them and get lost in our pain.
We just keep focusing on what’s wrong and refuse to move on.
How do you move on?
You have to decide to move on.
It can be that simple. Usually it isn’t, but with enough practice, it can be (most of the time).
First, you’ll be very bad at it. But if you keep resolving to move on, if you keep committing to move on, then you’ll be very good at moving on. You might not even react in a way that leads you into a mood you need to move on from.
You have to let it go.
How to Let Go:
Some people say you should focus on the issue. I agree, but I think you should focus on the issue when you’re in a mindset that is very different from the mindset that caused the negative emotions to come flooding in.
Distracting yourself works when you focus on something that makes you feel better. Focus on something that makes you feel more at ease, more balanced, and more lighthearted. Get your mind off the subject that is bugging you by doing something you enjoy.
Go cook a nutritious meal. Go for a walk. Do some yoga. Hug your pets and loved ones. Smell the flowers. Drink some tea. Watch a funny show or movie. Do something that makes you feel good.
Once you feel better, you can move onto the next step.
Perspective offers us more understanding and insight. With perspective, little things that got us so annoyed just don’t seem worth it. Trivial problems are revealed for what they are.
With perspective, we can laugh at ourselves for getting so wound up. We can forgive ourselves for being so stressed out and address our need to adopt a better attitude and be more proactive about the challenges and conflicts in our lives.
With perspective, we can see the way out. We can find a better route to where we want to go, and we no longer feel held back and stuck.
So how do you welcome perspective?
To gain perspective, you need to see things from a different view. Distracting yourself and feeling better releases a lot of the negative momentum keeping you stuck in a narrow, destructive viewpoint. Naturally, feeling better allows your mind to expand and explore different interpretations of your reality.
To further help you gain perspective, ask a friend or loved one who is generally positive (if you ask a jaded person, you’re just going to fuel your fire). Read some quotes online. Read some articles. Put yourself in another person’s shoes. How would someone you look up to see your situation? Be creative and open.
When curiosity replaces your need to be right about your pain, perspective and insight flow in effortlessly.
With a better mood, a better mindset, and better perspective, you are much better equipped to deal with the situation, if it even needs to be dealt with at all. Sometimes the things that upset us just need to be forgotten. Some things need to be addressed very thoughtfully. Practice your ability to distinguish between the two. Keep practicing, and you’ll respond to situations more instead of reacting to them, and that equals a lot less stress and emotional outbursts in the future ;)
Take it easy.