Guilt and worry are not necessarily damaging emotions. Guilt can inspire people to make amends to someone they have hurt. Worry might prevent people from making mistakes or having an accident. When these emotions take over your life and become obsessions, however, they can damage you.
Use your guilt to improve your life. Some guilt can be healthy if it inspires you to make positive changes in your life, but too much or inappropriate guilt can become demoralizing. If a man who has been unfaithful to his wife makes a decision not to repeat his behavior, guilt has been a beneficial emotion. If a woman feels guilty over the death of a parent, even though nothing could have saved the deceased, that guilt is not appropriate.