5 Things To Do When You're Feeling Sad

Waves of sadness have been emerging quite a lot due to isolation. We are seeing our friends and family less, which means we are getting less human interaction. Social interaction is crucial to humans, as is water. Without social interaction, we start feeling wary and anxious. Those feelings are totally normal, and you don't have to conceal them. 

Here are 5 things you can do when you're feeling sad:

1. Clean - Your environment is a very good reflection of your feelings. When you're surrounded by clutter, your brain starts becoming disorganized, and it can feel overwhelming. This feeling can then cause you to feel anxious, which then leads to sadness. Start to whip out the swiffer, organize your clothes, and start decluttering your things. Ever wondered why you felt so happy watching Marie Kondo organizing someone else's mess? This is due to our brain feeling in control. There are many things that we cannot control in life, but cleaning gives us a sense of control. You can start off small by cleaning a corner of your room, and move on to bigger things like figuring out which things you can let go & donate. 



2. Journal - Expressing your feelings can be done in various ways; one of them is journaling. There's no right or wrong way with journaling. The best part is that you can format it in any way you want, not having to worry about someone judging your writing. Journaling may also help you realize things you haven't seen or felt before, which could cause a sense of letting go. Writing your feelings down also helps you acknowledge your feelings, and sometimes these feelings have been hidden for a long time. In addition, many people may include pictures or drawings to their journals, making it look more aesthetically pleasing. What's your go to journal design? Do you have a favorite notebook brand? 

3. Exercise - Have you ever heard of a runner's high? Whenever we exercise, our brain releases chemicals called dopamine and endorphins. These chemicals help us feel happy, and releases stress. Exercise not only helps your physical health, but it also has great effects on your mental health. Exercising can help limit stress, and helps us control our moods. What's your favorite exercise during this quarantine. Remember, exercising doesn't have to be rigorous or long. It can be a quick walk around the park, or a jog at the beach. Exercise can be done anywhere. Get moving! 


4. Self-Care - So you've been seeing all these vloggers doing their face masks, reminding you to drink your water, and baking all sorts of sour dough bread. I have too! Doing self-care reminds us that we need to give ourselves love too. In a world filled with busy work, we forget about ourselves and dismiss our own needs. We're too busy filling someone else's glass, but don't remind ourselves of what we need. When was the last time you took care of yourself? Taking care of yourself doesn't mean you're selfish, and it definitely doesn't mean you can no longer take care of others. Always remember, you cannot take care of those around you when you are not doing well. 


5. Ask for help & talk about it - I think this is the most important one we have to remember when we're feeling sad. Sadness comes and goes, but sometimes it stays a little too long and we don't know how to express ourselves. Talking to a confidant may help you feel better. Knowing someone is there to listen about you and your sadness makes us feel safe and nurtured. This confidant doesn't always have to be your friend or family member, sometimes it could be your therapist. Being vulnerable helps us release heavy thoughts in our mind and enables our brain to let go of bad vibes. Vulnerability doesn't equate to weakness; it means you're able to acknowledge your weakness and you're willing to get better. Let's talk about it. Let's talk about getting better, and let's talk about normalizing these conversations. 



These 5 tips does not stop there. There are plenty of things to do when we're sad. During this quarantine, it's definitely been hard to stay happy. The waves of happiness and sadness have been constant, but I hope this gives you a little positivity! If you have other tips to share with us, please reach out. We'd love to get it out for everyone to hear. If you just want to chat for anything at all, reach out to us too! 

If you or someone you know is currently suffering and would like additional help, please call 1-800-273-8255. Help is out there. You are not alone.