Coping with Disappointment

Disappointment can be a tough beast to battle. I personally tend to be a planner, a bit of a perfectionist. I like to have a clear idea of how events will transpire, and have known well the rigidity that can come with this sort of tunnel vision. With this can come feelings of frustration and disappointment when things inevitably veer off course; it is easy to get wrapped up in ideas of what should have been, and then to cope with this disappointment in ways that are, actually, not that helpful. Here are a few things to keep in mind when disappointment sneaks up on you.

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Thinking Errors

Let’s talk about thinking errors! These are also called cognitive distortions, or some sort of variation of the two. Pick what name speaks to you most- they’re all referring to the same thing! Thinking errors are incredibly common and often go unchecked or unnoticed because they have become so engrained into the way you interpret and view the world. Thinking errors are, essentially, patterns of thinking that are distorted or irrational. Thinking errors can be symptomatic of depression, anxiety, and countless other mental health diagnoses, but can also be present in the absence of a mental health diagnosis.

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