Things to Do When You are Really Sad

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  1. Write: Maybe not sharing your feelings with all-day tears, but try to express them with ink on paper. Write about, but it helps to get it out. If you write or enjoy another creative process, use it to help you relax and process.
  2. Help: Think about others when you are feeling down. Lifting others will lift your spirits too.
  3. Clean: Get lost in sweeping or washing dishes. Even laundry can be soothing with the right attitude.
  4. Take action: Implement a plan and taking action can prevent a downward spiral. The sooner you go from victim to advocate or champion, the better.
  5. Move: Working out and taking walks can boost a low point. Many studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood and reduced stress levels.
  6. Take care: It’s natural to want to pour all your time and energy into trying to fix everything, even if that means sacrificing self-care.. Eat well and get plenty of sleep.
  7. Ask for help. Tell people what you need. Talking with your closer friends and family and ask for a huge help. It’s just nice to know they are there. Accept help and advice, and then trust yourself to know what’s best. If you’re sadness is lasting longer than you think it should, or if you think your sadness is leaning toward depression, ask for professional help.

 

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If you want to help others, please don’t be sad for them and ask them the same about you. Instead, send your love, prayers, wishes and good thoughts to Guinness. Love has powerful healing properties.

None of these things will take away your sadness, but they will help you get through it. I’ve been using all of these strategies over the past few days and they are helping.