How to Stop Regret from Holding You Back

By Stacey Feintuch
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
April 03, 2023

This article is part of a series on how to cope with common feelings that can be tough to experience. Here, experts provide simple strategies for acknowledging and managing feelings of regret.

It’s nearly impossible and unrealistic to live a life without regrets. Whenever you make a decision, there’s an opportunity for regret.

Maybe you regret not checking the forecast because you didn’t pack an umbrella on a rainy day. Or you’re kicking yourself for not buying those killer shoes before they sold out. These are fairly minor regrets.