If you find yourself experiencing feelings of guilt following an aversive event, there are things you can do to manage those emotions:
🌱 Allow yourself to grieve. Give yourself time and take things at your own pace.
🌱 Do something positive. Sometimes just doing simple things for another person can help alleviate feelings of guilt.
🌱 Focus on the outside factors that led to an event. Shifting your focus on the external variables that created the situation can help you let go of the self-blame that contributes to feelings of guilt.
🌱 Practice self-forgiveness. It can help you move forward and regain a positive outlook.
🌱 Remember that these feelings are common. Sadness, fear, anxiety, grief, and, yes, guilt are completely normal responses in the aftermath of a tragedy. It’s OK to feel happy about your own luck while at the same time mourning the fate of others.
Talk to your doctor if your symptoms are severe or your feelings of guilt don’t let you function normally. Schedule an appointment with Rostyslav Shemechko at 647-866-9061 or here. Free psychological assistance during the war in Ukraine is available.
Source: Very Well Mind