Not Running Away From Sadness
Whenever we experience sadness, we tend to bury it rather than allowing it to linger. This is because nobody likes feeling sad and lonely, so it’s easier to just brush it under the carpet and clean it up later. The problem with doing this is that you are not uprooting what is making you feel sad in the first place. Even though sadness is an uncomfortable emotion, you want to fully immerse yourself in it and see what thoughts and feelings arise out of it.
For some, it’s not an easy process because they feel like their ego is jeopardized. They believe that sadness threatens their masculinity. For others on the opposite end of the spectrum, they spend too much time dwelling over their sadness, experiencing it all day and never letting go of it. You don’t want to find yourself at the ends of the spectrum; the happy medium is always best.
Feeling Sad and Lonely – A Journey That Has to Be Felt
This involves experiencing sadness when it kicks in but also knowing when to turn it off when certain circumstances arise. If you’re at work, it’s better to suppress it and revisit it when you get home. But if you’re at home and have nothing important to do, you can try practicing mindfulness while also becoming in touch with your sadness. This will allow you to process the thoughts associated with your sadness and potentially help you recover from it.
It’s always better to process your sadness than leaving it unhinged. There’s always a reason to why you are feeling sad and you need to get to the bottom of it. Don’t be afraid to encounter new thoughts and feelings which are foreign to you; this is the process of growth. And always remember that you are never alone; millions of people all over the world are experiencing sadness with you at this very moment.
What are some things that you are sad about?
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