We live a life of dreams, expectations and more importantly with emotions, so much so that sporadic emergence of sadness becomes inevitable. It is important to note that there is a huge difference between temporary sadness and clinical depression. You can get over the temporary sadness by yourself. Here are 5 things you can do to feel better –
1. Exercise –
Whenever you start feeling sad, going for a walk, run, cycling, and swimming or doing any physical exercise is the best thing you can do. Whenever you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which interact with the receptors in your brain, and reduce the perception of pain you are feeling. This subsequently triggers a positive feeling in you. Moreover, you should include exercise in your daily routine as it keeps you energetic, calm and positive.
2. Do not try to control your emotions –
Crying it out is one of the best things you can do to curb the emotion of sadness. Akin to exercise, crying also helps to release endorphins in your body. Moreover, whenever you are sad, your subconscious works to find things that can make you even sadder. In such a situation, crying your heart out will be beneficial to you. It is dangerous to ponder on things you are feeling sad about. It can hugely affect your nervous system, and you won’t realize before the depression is triggered. On the other hand, crying will have a soothing effect on your mind. However, you should also ensure that you don’t force yourself to cry. It should be natural.
3. Meditate –
There are lots of personal benefits of meditation, including the fact that it can curb the sadness. Meditation is not a method for distraction. In fact, it will give you an instant relief with any distractions. Meditation is more like asking the universal forces to guide you in your sadness. It will instill a sense of mindfulness. You will be able to identify what exactly has made you sad, and will detach you from outer world at that moment. So, you will be closest to your spiritual self at that moment, which will remove the unhappiness in you, and imbue a sense of equanimity. If you practice mindfulness and meditation regularly, then there are very few chances that you will have to face sadness.
4. Write –
You may not be someone who maintains a journal like many people do. However, I highly recommend you to jot down your worries on a piece of paper. By doing so, you will realize that half of the things that are making you sad right are only relevant to the time and have nothing to do with your future. Moreover, writing is a healing process. Once you start scribbling your worries, your get sorted and then you can identify the worries that are inconsequential. This subsequently will help you to alleviate all the tensions and sadness. Many public speakers like Dale Carnegie and Robin Sharma suggest having a ‘worry diary’, where you can write everything that is bothering you, and stay away from perpetually whining about your troubles.
5. Indulge yourself in something you love –
You can also find a relief in a nice song, or watch a film or a TV show you like. If you have a hobby of playing some sports or playing a musical instrument, then you can do that too. However, it may be possible that you don’t feel like doing anything then you can, of course, try the aforementioned points, but engaging into a hobby is the way you can console and love yourself.
It is very important that you take conscious efforts to get out of sadness. You can get help by talking to loved ones, and it’s not bad to open up to people you trust. However, you need to understand that it is YOU who is going to turn your sad self into a happy one.