It’s Normal To Feel Sad From Time To Time, But You Can Start To Feel Drained If You Often Feel This Way. Take A Moment To Learn Some Coping Strategies And How Therapy Can Help To Navigate Tough Emotions Like Sadness.
Sadness is one of many human emotions, of course, and it’s a natural reaction to situations that cause any type of pain — whether it’s psychological, emotional, or physical. You might feel sad if you’ve been passed over for a promotion or if you miss your friends and family.
Sadness can cause you to cry more often; sleep too long or not enough; eat too much or too little; and withdraw from social situations.
The important thing to remember about emotions is that they’re temporary, so no matter what’s causing your sadness, the feeling will pass. While it’s common to feel sad from time to time and for a short while, long periods of sadness that occur fairly often can mean depression is looming.
Our team at Empowered Mind-Body Therapy understands, and navigating sadness can be frustrating and difficult. We offer some coping strategies and review why going to therapy might be a good solution for your sadness.
There are some good strategies for managing sadness on your own. These are among them:
- Acknowledge your feelings: Be aware of your feelings and know it’s OK to not be OK.
- Practice self-care: Be kind to yourself and try to eat and sleep well, and exercise regularly.
- Maintain connections with others: Try not to isolate yourself and stay in touch with your close friends and family however you can.
Also try to stay in the moment whether you’re cooking a meal, folding laundry, or doing dishes. Focus on each thing you’re doing and enjoy each step you’re taking in the process.
How therapy can be helpful for sadness
It’s much easier to stay sad if you’re in a negative state of mind, and you don’t have anyone to encourage you to move forward. The intensity and duration of episodes of sadness might range, but it’s possible they’ll get shorter and less frequent if you have someone to talk to.
Our team offers emotion-focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to help you cope with feelings of sadness.
Emotion-focused therapy makes you more aware of your emotions and helps you to better understand them. Your emotions are giving you information, and your therapist can help you figure out how to interpret and regulate them so they don’t control your life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses more on thoughts and behaviors. You and your therapist can work together to figure out what difficulties are causing certain emotions and reactions and how to correct flawed thinking about certain situations that might be triggering you to be sad.
No matter what’s causing your sadness, just know you’re not alone. Seeking therapy might be just the answer you need to better manage your emotions and improve your quality of life.