9 Things To Do When People Hurt You
By: Kratika Mon, 03 May 2021 4:01 PM
It is a fact of life that you will get hurt. Your feelings will get hurt. Your ego will get hurt. But, what you do when people hurt you is what matters.
We all get hurt. We get a bruised ego from a mean comment online or when our partner forgets our anniversary. And when people hurt you, there are a lot of ways to react to that.
You can scream and cry. You can vent or shut down. But, how you react to pain when people hurt you is what shows your true character.
When people hurt you, it sucks. You want to lash out. You may want to hurt them back. I get it. We are human and far from perfect.
But, knowing what to do when people hurt you so that the situation improves can help you in every aspect of your life. Whether a friend betrays you, a partner forgets something important, or a coworker steals your idea, knowing what to do when people hurt you will take you far.
The first thing you should do when someone hurts you is breathe. Try to let go of the initial anger you feel. If you react immediately, not only could you potentially say something you’ll regret, but you won’t know how things could have worked out if you were calmer.
Step back from what happened. In the midst of being hurt by someone, your emotions are heightened. Once you cool down, focus on how you really feel and make more rational decisions. Go for a walk, exercise, or even have a snack and then come back to it.
# Think about it
Once you have taken time away from the initial shock of being hurt, think about the situation at hand. Were you overreacting? Did someone hurt you directly or indirectly? Was this intentional?
Consider all sides of what happened. Are you only looking at this situation through eyes of pain and rage or are you seeing it clearly?
# Talk about it
Naturally, when people hurt you, you want to talk about it with them, but sometimes it is best to get another opinion from someone removed from the situation. Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you feel and what happened.
They may be able to offer advice or even another perspective on the situation. It can be annoying when friends don’t take our sides, but playing the devil’s advocate can actually be a lot more helpful in the long run.
# Talk to them
Once you cool down and think about your feelings and the situation, talk to the person that hurt you. Let them know how what they did made you feel.
Are you angry, sad, disappointed? Let them know what they can do to make it up to you. Do you need space and time or just an apology?
# Ask yourself if it is worth it
It is always important to discuss when people hurt you. That is how you keep the lines of communication open and prevent bitterness and resentment in relationships. But, also pick your battles.
This person may have hurt you, but was it an honest mistake? Was it something worth fighting over?
# Is your trust broken?
When people hurt you, it can be in all sorts of ways. But, when people hurt you enough to break your trust, getting over it can be a lot more difficult. And in that case, let them know that your trust is broken or else they will never know they need to regain it.
Is there anything they can do to gain your trust back or do you just need time? Can you get over it at all? Is the trust gone for good?
# Can you forgive them?
Trust and forgiveness are two different things. Trust is vital in relationships and can be rebuilt over time. But forgiveness is something else. Even if the person that hurt you gains your trust back, if you can’t forgive them that puts a constant strain on the relationship.
A lack of forgiveness leaves room for inequality and contempt. Forgiveness is not always easy to give, but if you can’t give it, moving on from this hurt will never happen.
# Move forward
If you found a way to forgive this person, move forward. When people hurt you it is normal for lingering pain, but once you forgive them it becomes dull and eventually disappears.
Letting go of when people hurt you shows you are a bigger person. It shows you don’t hold grudges and let people work harder in the future to make sure they don’t hurt you again. Offering a second chance to those who hurt you and moving forward illustrates your maturity.
# Learn from this experience
Take each and every one of these experiences with you into the future. Every time a person hurts you, there is something to be learned. Whether you become more tolerant or more insightful, each time you are hurt by someone it doesn’t create scar tissue, but strength.