How to recover when emotionally hurt?

The modern civilization in which we live today administers our physical well-being fairly well. The gigantic medicine industry and healthcare facilities available are a testament. Concomitantly, contemporary society fails to address the mental well-being of people equally well. Physical injury is immediately attended to with first aid and complete medication. However, there’s hardly any heed paid to recovery from emotional damage. 

Part of the reason for this framework is the negligence, ignorance and even resistance of people themselves to express their mental injuries. There is even a lack of awareness among people about their emotional Vandalisation. Some of us never open up or discuss when emotionally hurt. Reasons could be varied, including the fear of sabotaging a relationship. Others do not realize how often they are getting emotionally traumatized. This happens due to the absence of immediate symptoms like bleeding as in a physical injury. In fact, according to Dr Guy Winch, a renowned psychologist, author and public speaker, there are 7 different ways in which we get emotionally injured almost every day or quite often. 

The good news is, that there are defined routines that can help you recover from each of these damages easily. It is crucial to note that recovery from emotional injuries is as requisite as it is from physical injuries. Mental illnesses or breakdowns can have a lifelong negative impact, lowering the chances of recovery with every passing day. This gospel highly compelled winnersnest to address each of the 7 ways of getting emotionally hurt and how to recover from it. 




The most common type of emotional damage that we undergo almost every day is rejection. It could be in the form of being left out at dinner parties by friends or lunch outs by colleagues. With the invention of social media, there is a more diverse and aggravated form of rejection online. The number of likes that someone gets as opposed to their peers is often perceived as an embarrassment. 

 These are the most common types of rejections that are inevitable and cause unrealized damage. More severe forms are rejection at job interviews, rejection of ideas at the workplace, rejection in relationships and love or rejection by society. The social rejections are more complicated and less understood over a while. For example, considering girls to be unfit for certain occupations, acceptance of certain communities by others etc. 

 Rejections in any form can hurt you more than you think. It has been observed that such rejections make people angry and violent. The tricky aspect of rejections is that we often sustain the damage caused by it while its effect lingers on. Subsequently, we cause damage to ourselves by thinking low of ourselves. The impact is more austere than rejection itself as we lose our confidence and belief in ourselves. In other, words we start observing flaws in us when rejected multiple times. Our belief system compels us to consider that we possess flaws leading us to rejection. 

 Another interesting point to note is that the negative impact of rejection is the same in men and women. The intensity with which men and women get hurt is absolutely the same. Therefore, there is absolutely no escape for anyone from damages caused by rejections. As already mentioned, in case of emotional damage we hurt ourselves severely by rootling for our flaws when rejected. This is a common mistake committed in ignorance. Interestingly, we never do so in case of physical damage. We never exert ourselves, rather, we take rest until the wound is healed. 

 The best way to heal an emotional wound is to be aware of it. Awareness will help us guard ourselves against its impact. Take time to understand how social media can never carry the capacity to judge our character. Spend most of your time with people that matter, rather than trying to find space amongst everyone. Take out time for self-reflection. Are the things that are bothering you really true? Ask your loved ones when in confusion. Discussion with closest friends and loved ones can help reaffirm faith in you and bring back the lost confidence. Give yourself the healing time instead of becoming self-critical. Do things that make you feel proud of yourself and soon you will be out of emotional distress.





One of the deadliest emotional injuries is loneliness. The effect of loneliness is such that it affects our immune system adversely. In fact, in a study in America, it was found that several people who responded poorly to medications were also suffering from depression due to loneliness. Chronic loneliness can even lay grounds for new diseases in our bodies. Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, depression etc. are some of the diseases that arise when we are alone and upset. Medically, we can draw parallels between the damage done by cigarette smoking and loneliness. 

 Unfortunately, loneliness does not even warn you before hurting you like cigarettes. The irony lies in the fact that in the era of social media and digital affluence, loneliness has been able to spread its wings even larger. The best way to fight against loneliness is to evaluate the modes of socializing that you are most comfortable with. There is never a necessity to gather hundreds of accomplices. However, there is a need to rely on someone trustworthy for bits of advice, venting out emotions and inspiration. We might know everything about living, but we often deviate from the path of wisdom and need to be reminded by someone. 

 Create a circle of trust, write down your feelings when upset, walk out a little bit and talk to people, even strangers in the market, your daily vendors or servicemen. Every person carries a bundle of emotions just like you which you will find out as soon as you open up. 


Loss and Trauma

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Loss in any form like money, respect, relationship or mental peace is inevitable in everyone’s life. We also go through many emotional traumas as a result of such losses or by ways in which society treats us in 

difficult situations. For a child, the loss of good friends due to relocations or valuable gifts from their elders is heartbreaking as well. Such setbacks can create a deep and long-lasting wound in our minds. 

 Recovering from such losses may seem grim, however, it is possible in ways quite familiar to you. Talking out about your present situations and asking others about their well-being can help fade away the hurtful memories soon. Engage in activities that cheer you up. It takes a toll initially, however, following the 945 minutes law can aid in becoming habitual. Most importantly do not leave yourself alone. Inspiration and opportunities often show up in the presence of others around you. More often than you think, our problems match exactly with others. Learn how they handled their hard times. Remember that there is always a way out. No situation in this universe was created without a solution. 




Hard to contemplate, but guilt is another emotion that can leave a scar in your mind. We live in a society with pre-defined social norms. Finding guilt in upsetting others by not following the social norms is substantially evident. There are several other guilts we find, some of them quite unnecessary. Children feel guilty about fulfilling their parents’ aspirations; nervousness among couples failing to fulfil each other’s ambitions; compromises made at work for the guilt of neglecting family and many more. 

 It is a fundamental duty of family and loved ones to be supportive of each other. People with a strong backup make it possible for themselves and their families to live well forever. Hard times are only momentary. Ahead of them you can find and afford pleasure for everyone around. Strong bonding, open discussions, and understanding are the prerequisites for prevention and recovery from guilt. 

 In case you have fallen into the trap of guilt, try to ask for forgiveness. Reason out your course of action to seek compassion. If it becomes necessary try self-forgiveness. Sometimes your understanding of yourself is enough to ease the pain of guilt. If your peers deny agreeing with your reasons, forgive yourself and give others time to realize your guilt later. 




Rumination or brooding is overthinking of embarrassing moments encountered. When you keep thinking about an insult or embarrassment all the time, it poses a deep emotional impact. In some cases, it becomes the beginning of depression. This act gives rise to the habit of passivity. People start finding complications in every situation and remain hopeless under all conditions. People suffering from rumination keep stewing rather than doing anything and taking action to recover from embarrassment. 

To recover from such excessive pondering, distraction could be very helpful. Digression will be helpful when it is compelling enough to make you feel good. Activities that entail mind work like a game of chess, solving puzzles, mathematical calculations or other kinds of creative work can keep your mind peaceful, happy and active. Remember that this will not happen immediately. It requires discipline to train your mind to guard itself against hurtful elements. Meditation is also a remarkable rescue from this emotional damage.



Failure is taken negatively by almost everyone and is quite often a huge embarrassment. There may or may not be any physical loss due to certain failures, however, it is not socially acceptable. The fear of facing the crowd becomes a larger focus than retrying for success. Every individual sees the face of failure at some point in his life. The art of perceiving failures as lessons learnt fructifies their existence. The fame gamers reached the arch of success after learning important lessons from their failures. Some believe that failures mark the beginning of success as beyond failure you can only grow. 


Low self-esteem

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Low self-esteem is an emotion developed by people under the larger influence of society. For example, the social acceptance of fair skin over darker may instigate people to think low of themselves even when never targeted personally. Likewise, looks and personality, achievements or status, all factor in low esteem. 

 The word that you are looking for when hurt by low self-esteem is belief. Never give up on your belief system. Your existence in this world is for an extraordinary purpose and you will fulfil it with passion. Everything else other than your purpose is only a diversion. People with high self-esteem are more resilient. It is also noteworthy that positive affirmations also work better in people with higher self-esteem. The instinct denies words of appreciation to people with low self-esteem as they have accepted their low worth highly strongly. They may instead consider words of appreciation to be insulting or mockery. 

 In such a situation a better solution is self-affirmations. Remind yourself what you are worthy of. If you do not look good but score high in your class, then honour your talent. If your bosses aren’t happy with you but your family loves you dearly for your temperament, feel good about it. Nobody is perfect and can have everything. Appreciate your worth for the things people admire you.


The guidance that can fill your heart with revived energy and uplift your spirits is always available at winnersnest. Find the opportunity to heal yourself with us.




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Tanushree Dwivedi
Tanushree Dwivedi
Blogger and IT Engineer. Started writing to channelize inner thoughts and inspirations around. I am quite inspired by the words of Bhagvat Gita, which closely relate to the real world and teach us how to interact with it. Human Psychology has always interested me and personally helped me in better interactions with people around me. Professionally working as Senior Manager, IT & Digital Marketing for 7 years.

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