It’s Not Easy Getting Over Being Cheated On: 6 Steps

By ReGain Editorial Team|Updated April 15, 2022

If your mate has cheated on you, you are probably experiencing a plethora of emotions and questions. In the back of your mind, you're wondering what happened or what you did wrong. Just underneath the surface of things, you may be feeling like your world is crashing down around you. These are the most common emotions and thoughts that occur following acts of infidelity.

Once it's been discovered or revealed that infidelity has taken place, there are a few phases that most people go through before getting over being cheated on. First, the acknowledgment of the act must take place. Once a person acknowledges that they've been cheated on, they can cope with the emotions. After the acknowledgment, you begin to think of ways to forget what has happened. Most often, forgetting that you're a victim of infidelity doesn't happen. You may get over it, but you'll never forget it.

Have you been cheated on in the past or recently? Are you trying to cope with the situation and searching for ways to heal from the pain? Are you confused and not sure what to do to experience healing and recovery? There are many paths that you may decide to take after discovering that your mate has been unfaithful. Whichever path you choose, be certain that it allows you to experience complete healing. You can only recover from betrayal by going through the process that helps you understand what has happened and know that it's not your fault.

Feelings That Surface Following Infidelity

Experiencing Infidelity Can Leave Scars That Are Difficult To Heal
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The feelings that occur after infidelity can approach and overtake your mind and body like a plague. Individuals experience a variety of feelings and emotions. You may or may not experience at least one of the following emotions.

  1. Anger: One of the first emotions to surface after you've been cheated on is anger. Feelings of rage or extreme disgust consume the mind, and you want to act out or argue with your mate. You want answers, but you don't want to discuss the matter either. It's common to have conflicting feelings because there's so much to take in. Anger can cause an outbreak of violence when you've been cheated on, and it's important not to allow yourself to become violent or rash with your mate or anyone else.
  2. Sadness: If you've been cheated on, you will likely feel a certain degree of sadness. Relationships tend to be accompanied by feelings of love or extreme care for the other person. Once they are unfaithful to you, it can break your heart and leave you feeling extremely sad. Sadness can lead to depression or low self-esteem. Couples that have been married for a while may have trouble recovering from infidelity, but talking things over can help both parties to see and understand where the relationship stands.
  3. Confusion: could this happen to me? This is likely one of the first questions you ask yourself after being cheated on. You feel that you've fallen short or failed as a partner. You may also feel that you're less than a woman or man because the person you've given your love to has chosen to betray it. These feelings of confusion are normal and are not easily answered. Most people who cheat in relationships aren't clear on their reason for doing so at all. The best answer they can sometimes give is that it just happened, which leaves you feeling more confused than before.
  4. Overwhelm: Cheating is an act that can cause major uncertainty in a relationship. The person who was cheated on may have difficulty understanding why, which makes them feel overwhelmed when deciding what to do next. Some people consider infidelity to be the ultimate act of betrayal and refuse to consider moving forward with the relationship. Others aren't so sure about whether or not they can remain in the relationship. They can become overwhelmed with the decisions they feel compelled to make about the relationship.

Steps To Healing And Recovery After Betrayal

If you're faced with the aftermath of being cheated on, the following steps may help you cope and resume life with a partner you can trust.

1. Acknowledge Your Feelings

After finding out that your mate was unfaithful, the emotions may seem to overtake you. You will immediately begin to feel depressed, angry, or deceived. You must acknowledge all these feelings as they occur. Remind yourself that these are all common and completely natural feelings to experience. Don't make the mistake of trying to hide or bottle your emotions up. Try to work through the pain and address your feelings openly and honestly. Don't betray yourself by thinking that you're okay because you should never be okay with someone betraying your trust. Deal with your feelings at the surface and allow the process of healing to begin.

2. Don't Accept The Blame

Many people will blame themselves for their mate being unfaithful. It's a natural response because you begin to question what you could have done differently or better. Acts of infidelity have nothing to do with others and always the person who chose to be unfaithful. You aren't responsible for your mate's decisions or actions. Regardless of what was taking place in the relationship, you aren't to blame. Do not blame yourself or allow anyone else to place the blame on you. Misplaced blame often occurs when cheating occurs and can make it difficult to move forward positively and experience healing.

3. Stop Overthinking

There will be many thoughts that roam through your mind. You'll begin to wonder about the signs that you missed and possibly question what you may have done or said to cause the infidelity. After a partner cheats, it's common for the other person to overthink things to try and rationalize or answer the "why" question. It doesn't help dwell on what you missed or what may have happened to cause a breakdown in the relationship. This isn't healthy or conducive to the healing process. Instead of overthinking, look towards your future and dwell on the positives that await you. Think of all the positive attributes that you have to offer individually and as a partner.

4. Consider Your Wants

Experiencing Infidelity Can Leave Scars That Are Difficult To Heal

What you want matters and should be carefully thought. You may not know what you want to happen in your relationship right after the affair. It may take time for you to decide. Consider the factors that impact either decision you make. You'll be faced with a few decisions, such as do you want to leave or remain with your mate? Is it your desire to try and work through the issues in the relationship and rekindle the romance? There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, and whatever decision you make, it's okay. You must do what works best for you and not allow your decisions to be influenced by others. It's possible to love your partner still after they've cheated on you. Loving a person after infidelity doesn't mean you have to remain in the relationship. The decision is ultimately yours and should be one that you feel good about after making it.

5. Remember That Self-Care Is Important

You found out that your partner cheated, and you instantly want to crawl under a rock and stay there. It's normal to want to retreat to a quiet and secluded place, but you can't stay there. Taking care of yourself must be a priority, especially after you've been cheated on. It's common for people to start indulging in unhealthy practices after infidelity. You may begin to eat foods that aren't healthy and in excessive amounts. You fail to exercise or take daily vitamins. Many fail just to get up and get outside the house. Self-care is important, especially after infidelity. It's a major part of healing and recovery.

6. Seek Professional Help

You don't have to cope or deal with infidelity alone. Relationship therapy is a healthy go-to for professional counsel and advice whether you've cheated or been cheated on. Talking to close friends or family is okay, but they don't have the guidance or training to offer the help you need. Also, friends or family won't remain objective and will choose to interject their personal feelings into your current situation. Experienced professionals can introduce you to effective strategies to help you overcome the hurt and move towards a healthy and happy life.

Summary

Getting over being cheated on won't come easy, but it will come, eventually. Take the time to incorporate the necessary steps and don't rush the process or the progress. Your feelings are intimate and cannot be activated or deactivated upon demand. Know that you are not alone in this and always believe that you deserve better. To overcome the hurt, believe that you deserve to be in a relationship with a person that honors and respects you. Your commitment, dedication, and passion in the relationship should be equally matched.

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