Tips for Moving on from a Painful Experience

Tips for moving on from A Painful Experience

It’s not going to be easy, especially at first, but you can get through it.


Tips for Moving On (Yes, You Can!)

  • Try not to focus on how unfair it seems, who did what and what happened. You survived and that makes you a winner. Where you’ve been isn’t as important as where you are going.
  • Try talking to a professional counselor or therapist. They are there to help, not judge. Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best options for your situation. If you don’t have a doctor or insurance, you can get help at a health center near you.
  • Think about what you can learn. How can the experience help you move forward?
  • Find time to do things that you can feel great about doing. Maybe you like shopping, going to concerts, traveling, writing, going for walks, painting, drawing, singing, dancing, cooking, volunteering, helping other people or animals. Always wanted to do something? It’s never too late. Start planning or working on it little by little each day. It can be done.
  • Remember that your life matters. Nobody is perfect. No matter how many mistakes you make, what people say, or even how you may feel about yourself, you are important and everything you do counts. You do make a difference.
  • Spend more time getting to know yourself. Start thinking more about yourself and what you want to do. What do you like about yourself? What makes you feel happy and at peace with yourself? What do you think you do best? What are your strengths? What matters most to you now? It’s okay if you don’t know yet. It helps to start thinking about it. Things will make more sense later.
  • Surround yourself with positivity. It helps a lot to take the time every day to listen to something positive or music that you like that makes you feel better about life and yourself. Avoid people who stress you out, like to argue, bring up your past and pick fights. Spend more time around people who really appreciate you, bring out the best in you and are truly happy to help, see you grow and do better.


More Help…

✧ Guides: Depression: What You Need To Know

Support groups: Suicide Prevention Lifeline and I’m Alive (safe online chat)

Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information.

If you don’t have a doctor or insurance, you can get help at a health center near you.


cell phone

Call (800) – 273 – TALK (8255) for 24/7 caring support and emergency help with difficult feelings or emotions.

Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 help finding programs, services and all kinds of help near you.

Call (800) – 662 – HELP (4357) for 24/7 caring support and help with alcohol or drugs.


Page last reviewed: July 14, 2017
Page last updated: July 14, 2017


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