I am sad. I admit it. So, now what do I do? Where do I go from here? Is this just sadness, or is it something more?
We all get down from time to time. Life comes at you fast. So, what are some things we can do to “nip it in the bud” so to speak?
And what if we feel like it’s more than just sadness? Let’s cover a few ways we can work out our emotions and plan for success.
How Can I Tell the Difference Between Depression and Sadness?
Sadness is an emotion everyone experiences periodically. It can be brought on by a life change such as a death in the family or a job loss. There’s a specific trigger behind it.
Many benefit from just “letting it all out” with actions such as crying, venting, or recreational activities. These actions serve to alleviate the mental and emotional pain we’re experiencing due to sadness. Of course, it’s important to remember what counts as healthy self-care and what doesn’t.
It’s also short-term and passes with time. However, if feelings of sadness last beyond a 2-week period, it could be a sign of depression.
You can find resources for depression and other mental health needs here.
What Can I Do If It’s Just Sadness?
- When I am sad, I normally turn to cleaning. Clean something you’ve been needing to spruce up for a while. There’s a soothing sense of satisfaction that comes with the act. For me, a messy head equals a messy mind. So, I strive to tidy up when I can.
- Exercise and do a workout you’ve been wanting to experiment with. Go to the gym! I’m a huge procrastinator, and I have to work myself up just to put my workout clothes on. Still, even the act of walking into the building can put you at ease and motivate you.
- Help someone else out with something. There’s always someone in need. Whether it’s errands or a quick favor, help people. Think about how you feel when someone makes your day. Now put that energy out there!
- Write your feelings out. I’m not saying write an entire novel. That’s a very demanding process. Find something that works for you. You can diary, blog, or just jot some thoughts down here and there. When I am sad, poetry helps me turn my thoughts into art. I always feel accomplished and creative once I’ve completed a poem.
- Ask for Help. Don’t feel like you need to go through this alone. Besides, you never know who’s gone through the same thing and can empathize. Sometimes, just knowing someone else understands is all that we need.
What if it Happens Again?
The first thing I want you to do is not be hard on yourself for being human. Sadness is a natural state that we all experience. Don’t be ashamed or afraid of it.
Then, I want you to remember the points we discussed earlier to help alleviate some of those feelings. When you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready, right?
If you or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues, here’s a link with a pretty extensive list of resources for you. I also wrote a book about overcoming low self-esteem, which I highly recommend.
Don’t be afraid to be sad.