Sometimes we feel sad because of nostalgia, sometimes because of the current situation, sometimes it is hormones and sometimes something else. And it is okay to feel sad. What is not okay is to stay in that sadness.
You don’t need to do something immediately but it is good to know when is the right time to take action and flip your mood.
Here are 15 things you can try when you’re feeling sad:
1. Talk to someone
Reach out to a trusted friend or family member and share how you’re feeling. Talking about your emotions can help you feel heard and supported.
2. Practice self-care
Take a relaxing bath, light some candles, or do something else that makes you feel good.
3. Write it out
Write down your thoughts and emotions in a journal. This can help you process your feelings and gain a new perspective.
4. Get some fresh air
Take a walk outside or spend some time in nature. This can help clear your mind and improve your mood.
5. Listen to uplifting music
Put on your favourite music and let it lift your spirits.
6. Practice mindfulness
Engage in mindful activities such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises.
7. Do something creative
Draw, paint, write, or create something that inspires you.
8. Get moving
Exercise releases endorphins, which can improve your mood. Go for a run, take a fitness class, or just dance around your living room.
9. Practice gratitude
Write down three things you’re grateful for, no matter how small.
10. Watch a funny movie or TV show
Laughter can be the best medicine when you’re feeling down.
11. Treat yourself
Buy yourself something small that makes you happy, like a new book or a favourite snack.
Helping others can be a powerful way to improve your own mood and sense of purpose.
13. Connect with a pet
Spending time with a furry friend can be a great way to boost your mood.
14. Practice self-compassion
Be kind to yourself and recognise that it’s okay to feel sad sometimes.
15. Do an activity you loved as child
Engaging in childhood activities taps into positive memories and joyful playfulness, providing an emotional connection that helps uplift your mood and ward off sadness.
So, what do you do when you feel sad?
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