Last week I was feeling more on the down side than usual. So in honour of my dampened mood, I’d like to present 30 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Sad – inspired by my sadness, and what I personally turn to when I’m feeling down. The goal is to guide your energy into something positive and get your mind away from dwelling on any negativity (or to work on expelling it). I hope you enjoy! 🙂
30 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Sad:
1. Do nothing and just lay in bed wrapped up as a blanket burrito.
2. Give someone a hug (including pets).
3. Have a good cry, and comfort yourself while doing so.
4. Take a break from social media and the news.
5. Express gratitude for the little things.
6. Set new goals for yourself.
7. Read positive affirmations.
8. Write a list of what you love about yourself (an option: go to a mirror, look into your eyes and read the list).
10. Turn your phone off for as long as you can.
11. Express to others how much you love them, even if you haven’t seen or talked to them in a while, as they will likely return the love.
12. Drink water (being dehydrated affects your mood. Therefore, make sure you’re well hydrated! Ask yourself when you had a glass of water last).
13. Go for a walk.
14. Talk to someone.
15. Write in a journal (preferably write about how you feel, why you feel it, and how you can resolve the feeling).
16. Read something.
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17. Open windows and clean your room/house.
18. Meditate (sit in silence).
19. Have bath or shower.
20. Engage in a hobby, or try a new one.
21. Sign up for something (art class, cooking class, karate, etc. It can be done with a buddy also).
22. A slumber party, with blankets, snacks, and watch some of your favourite movies (with either yourself, relative, or friend).
23. Browse/go shopping (getting out of the house in general, even when we don’t want to, is really good for our health).
24. Pamper yourself with an at home spa (this can be for both girls and guys!)
25. Tend to your house plants or spend time in nature.
26. Write to God questioning your woes (I have a book I use to write questions down I have for God when I don’t feel like I’m being heard).
27. Write a story.
28. Browse animal and dream vacation pictures online.
29. Watch inspiring and motivational youtube videos.
30. Make a pillow/blanket fort.
In conclusion, when you’re feeling sad, don’t beat yourself up for it. It’s so normal for us to feel sad once and a while. And when we do, that’s the time you want to slow down and take time for yourself, not feel bad. Recognize you’re trying, and feeling sad is just an emotion that will eventually pass.
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