Do you ever wake up and just feel sad? I don’t mean the sadness that comes with loss or illness, when you get rejected for the perfect job or book deal, or the days after a violent hurricane when you assess the damage to your home. Sadness in those situations seems . . . earned.
I mean the days you wake up with every reason to be happy, but sadness jabs like a stone in the pit of your stomach.
The way sad-for-no-apparent-reason days seem to sneak up when my guard is down can make them trickier for me to deal with than the expected, “earned” kind.
Here are a few of my tips for working through sadness and coming out the other side.
· Journal – years ago someone told me it is really hard to hold onto a feeling when you write about it. It is like the simple act of writing the feelings down on paper draws it out of my head
· Take a walk—Even if it is only for 10 or 15 minutes, walking has a way of chasing the isolation of sadness by connecting me to the outside world
· Smile – Some mornings, I probably look foolish forcing a grin from ear to ear as I drive alone in my car. I am not going to get all technical, but apparently smiling sets off a physical/chemical reaction in our brains—sort of tricking the brain into thinking it’s happy. It sounds simplistic, but for me it works.
How about you? Do you have sad-for-no-apparent-reason days? And if you do, what works for you when you want to beat the blues?