6 Key Practices to Stop Being a Victim


Becoming a victim of something is difficult, traumatic, and often unjust. (Image: Adonis1969 via Dreamstime)

Life isn’t fair, and most of the time, you find yourself the victim of particular circumstances. Will you allow it to swallow you, or will you learn how to bounce back stronger than you were?

Becoming a victim of something is difficult, traumatic, and often unjust. If you don’t want it to take control of you, you can explore some ways to help you fight against victimhood. Despite its difficulty, you can do a few things to change the situation. Here are some practices you can follow to get you out of victimhood and help you improve your life.

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6 essential practices to stop being a victim

Although hard to swallow, here are six effective practices or ideas you can learn to stop being a victim. Some of these practices work for some people but differ for others. You can try out the different approaches or ideas and look for the ones that work for you.

1. Understand that life isn’t fair

Life is not fair, and because of that, it could be wrong to assume that everyone should have the same experiences. Unfortunately, some people are dealt the short end of the stick. Although this is not their fault, this is a fact of life that they have to accept. Once you get that life is unfair, you clear up your mental space and change your perspective. Because life isn’t fair, you have opportunities to excel and have to find them.

2. It’s a bad day, not a bad life

Positivity is essential if you want to stop being a victim. Although almost impossible for some, you can start by understanding the timeline of the pain and struggle you are dealing with. For example, some traumas, pain, or situations deserve your attention for a day, a week, a month, a year, or even years. But after that, it’s time to stand up and enjoy the rest of your life.

Time is hard to comprehend. You may wake up one day feeling like a completely different person. The past is ended, and though you might have it rough now, things could change instantly. So you have to keep your mind open.

Because life isn't fair, you have opportunities to excel and have to find them.
Because life isn’t fair, you have opportunities to excel and have to find them. (Image: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz via Dreamstime)

3. Try to break the cycle

Although it is hard to do, some victims become sources of inspiration for others. This is by breaking the cycle and acknowledging something terrible happened, but that there is still something you can do about it.

If you have enough passion, you can start involving yourself in movements that prevent the same situation from happening to others. Of course, this takes extreme courage, but if you can muster up the needed strength, you can conquer your harshest struggles.

Breaking the cycle doesn’t mean dedicating your whole life to the situation; you can also support in other ways by donating, lending, or even providing support anonymously.

4. Embrace gratitude

Easier said than done; you need to embrace happiness in your life in things big or small. It could be your favorite food, sunlight, or any small detail. You can start by listing five things you are thankful for daily. While this is hard initially, you’ll notice your list grow gradually.

Finally, there could come a day when your list is long enough for you to say that no matter what happens, there are still many things to be thankful for.

Sad Asian woman sitting in her living room.
Giving yourself time to process the pain, if needed, is essential. (Image: Martinmark via Dreamstime)

5. Allow yourself time to heal

The problem with some people is that they like to force healing. This is practical since processing pain could interfere with your job or professional life. However, giving yourself time to process the pain if needed is essential. This could be going to a therapist, meditation, or even spending just an hour a day to allow yourself to feel what you need.

Not becoming a victim is hard, and it’s okay not to be 100 percent all the time. Maybe take a day off, a vacation, or give yourself time after work to acknowledge your feelings.

6. Change your surroundings

You cannot grow in the place that poisoned you. If your surroundings have a massive role in your well-being and have greatly affected you, it is time to change it. Changing your surroundings includes where you live, work, or spend your free time. Ensure your change is healthy, and try not to surround yourself with negative people or environments. Instead, you can look for places that inspire positivity and growth.

In conclusion

Getting over victimhood is no easy task. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help, a mentor, or a support group to get you through. After all, you don’t need to stop being a victim alone; you can look for support and help.

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