5 Reasons You Should Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 96

Whether you’ve gone through a bad breakup or you’re struggling with your financial situation, it’s so tempting to feel sorry for yourself.

Sometimes, I hear people say, “I’ll only let myself have a pity party for a little while.” But allowing yourself to indulge in self-pity is a slippery slope. It’s tough to stop feeling sorry for yourself once you start. Self-pity is self-destructive. But, it’s much different than sadness.

Allowing yourself to feel sad can be part of the healing process. Feeling sorry for yourself, however, will keep you stuck in a place of pain.

Unfortunately, we all allow ourselves to engage in self-pity sometimes. So on today’s Friday Fix, I share why it can feel so good to feel sorry for ourselves.

I also explain the top five reasons why you shouldn’t do it and I offer some concrete strategies that can prevent self-pity (as well as help you find your way out if you’re already feeling sorry for yourself).

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