I would like to share something I learned in psychology and have applied successfully in my life on various occasions. It is about handling depressing times. The caveat is that you must CONSCIOUSLY attempt to tide over the emotionally challenging situation and not be helplessly tied up by it.
There are three ways of coping with such situations :
1. Emotion-focused : You focus on the emotions as they come. You just 'feel' it. You feel bad and then you feel worse by realizing how bad you feel. Freewheeling emotions may be fine only to the extent that they help you vent and express your outrage, disgust and disappointment. But if prolonged, it is an endless cycle of doom and gloom. Get out of it asap.
2. Problem-focused : You focus on the problem in a rational manner. Look at it 'from above'. It is a perspective that you need in order to see where exactly you and your problem lie in the larger scheme of things. So in our case, we can think about the knowledge we have gained during preparations, how we at least made it to the mains, how we can use this experience for something greater in life that we may not have even thought of. Think. Most importantly, remember how small we are in this universe. Insignificant. On this planet, we are transitory, for a short time. So above everything, life is about enjoying it while it lasts. We should not get tied up by artificial social pressures and agonize about our failures. So, think 'correctly'.
3. Social-support focused : Consciously surround yourself with people. Friends, family, loved ones. Don't be alone too much. A few days, weeks or months and BAM! you'll be surprised that you have healed so magically. You can also help others in need. Distribute chocolates to kids on the street, give them balloons, teach them, laugh with them. You'll realise how good can life be. Most importantly, when you have healed, help others heal and look out for people who may be in need of your support in their bad times.
Life is good if you look at it the right way and make an effort to make it better!
When the Czar has a cold, all Russia coughs.