3 things you can do right now:
- Talk about what’s happened in a message to a Childline counsellor
- Say sorry if you’ve hurt or treated someone badly
- Do something positive for other people
Guilt is the feeling that people often have after saying or doing something they regret. It can lead to you feeling worried, unhappy, or even ashamed. Sometimes it can a small feeling, but there are times it can feel overwhelming.
Feeling guilty can be helpful sometimes, it can stop us doing things to hurt other people or make us think about our own behaviour. There can be times when people can make us feel guilty when we’ve not done anything wrong.
Whatever’s making you feel guilty it’s always okay to ask for help, and Childline’s here to help.
Guilt can sometimes pass in time, but there are things you can do to help feel better.
There can be lots of reasons someone might say or do things to leave you feeling guilty. Being helped to see how our behaviours affect other people can be good sometimes, but it’s important to think about whether it’s actually fair.
It’s not okay of someone to “guilt trip” you, or make you feel like you owe them. If someone is making you feel like you have to do something out of guilt, then it’s important to think about what’s best for you.
If someone’s making you feel guilty, there are a few things you can do that might help:
If someone’s still trying to make you feel guilty when there’s nothing you can do or it’s not your fault, it’s important to get support.