Even if you just find a patch of sunshine on your doorstep, just getting outside of the house, breathing in some fresh air and taking 10 minutes for yourself is a great regenerator.
Grab a pen and paper, let’s take it old school, and scribble down everything that is bothering you. Take those sad thoughts from your mind and onto paper.This often helps clear my mind for other emotions. And it helps to visually see the thoughts troubling you.
Distract yourself with art
Fill your time with creativity, whatever turns you on that. Maybe spending the day wandering around a museum or gallery. Perhaps you like doing things with your hands? Grab a sketchbook and sit in the garden sketching. Try a new craft. Listen to music from street performers in your town. Catch the latest show at the theatre.
Sounds kinda obvious, or potentially condescending, but remember what makes you laugh and seek it out. Is it the latest episode of Big Bang Theory? Perhaps you’re an Eddie Izzard fan? Maybe you have a friend who is a real-life comedian. No matter how sad you feel, seeking out laughter releases endorphins, so comedy is scientifically proven (somewhere) to be good for your health.
Whilst we are on the topic of science, it is also proven that physical touch also release the happy hormones to help you feel better. It doesn’t have to be of the hanky pinky kind either. A simple hug that last longer than 3 seconds will do. And who doesn’t love a good hug?!
Finally, my number one tip when you are feeling sad is … to embrace the sadness. Life is not 100% happy times, it never will be. As soon as I accepted this fact I’ve learned to welcome sadness into my life as valued member. Have you seen that Disney film Inside Out? I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t but the moral of the story is pretty similar to what I’m saying here. So grab yourself a blanket, snuggle down on the sofa, have a good cry if you need to and maybe indulge in a nice hot beverage. Embrace the sadness so you can then let it go.
What are you top tips on things to do when you are sad?