Hey, everyone, I have returned with another blog! I wanted to talk about the emotion of sadness, and how we experience it.
According to Merriam Webster, sadness is an emotion that is an expression of being affected by some type of grief or unhappiness. We’ve all felt sadness in some shape or form. We’ve experienced sadness over a loss. We’ve endured it over circumstances not working out in our favor. We’ve become acquainted with sadness in stress and in hardship.
Yet, sometimes, we just simply feel sad. Nothing or no one needs to trigger the emotion; sadness sometimes just hits us out of the blue.
I want to use some of my recent experiences as an example. Lately, I’ve been overcome with some stress from my personal and professional life. However, I had a good day overall today. Yet, sadness somehow managed to envelope me to the point I was bawling out my eyes. Even coming out of it, I still don’t understand why it came over me as hard as it did.
Thus, in regards to all of what I expressed, I just wanted to say that being sad is okay. It’s okay to feel unhappy. It’s okay to need to be alone. And, it’s okay to cry. However, we aren’t able to remain in sadness. We should embrace it, and let it go as if it’s an old friend. We are able to learn from it, and apply those lessons to our present and future.
I think the problem with a lot of people-including myself-is that we sometimes tend to stay stuck in our sadness because of a few reasons: it’s comfortable to where it feels safe; we’re sometimes scared to leave because of fears; and it doesn’t necessarily require work. We need to leave our sadness behind us and move on to hope and joy.
How are we able to strive for hope and joy? We need to overcome our sadness. We’re able to do so through some possible solutions:
- Partake in hobbies and activities you love, such as games, sports, art, music, reading, and writing.
- Surround yourself with positive people who’ll support you and love on you, even if they don’t understand exactly how you’re feeling.
- Receive help if your emotions become so severe and unmanageable through avenues such as therapy and medication.
- Reflect on your sadness and how you’re able to grow from it.
Lastly, understand that sadness will always occur; but, it will also always end, and you never have to go through it alone.