Guilt consists of anxiety and pressure that can appear when you think you have broken a rule. Guilt can be a healthy function if it makes you stick to realistic rules that help to create positive behaviours and relationships. However, there are times when feeling guilty can be pointless and lead to self-criticism. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Guilt can be excessive or turn unhealthy when it’s felt in response to unrealistic rules or rules that we don’t believe in. When guilt is unhealthy, it can lead to self-criticism that’s unconstructive and harsh. 

When you are feeling guilty, acknowledge your feeling. Try to work out what rule or rules you have broken. Also, try to determine if you believe in the rules. Are the rules too simplistic, more rigid than they need to be, or are they unreasonable? 

When you are judging yourself harshly, try to interrupt your judgements. Consider if you are exaggerating your rule-breaking. Try to be more compassionate to yourself and anyone who was involved. Determine if you need to take any corrective action that could help to repair the situation, if necessary. If you feel that you need to take action, undertake that action quickly. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk