13 Ways To Dispel Sadness
Sadness is a difficult emotion to feel. If left unchecked, it can spiral downward and turn into depression. It’s important to identify sadness as soon as it hits, and then divert the feeling by distracting yourself with positive activity. What can you do to distract yourself? Tons of things!
Here are some suggestions of things that you can do to dispel sadness:
1. Watch TV or read
This is probably the easiest thing you can do to fight sadness. TV is easily accessible, and can help to distract you and make the hours go by. If you prefer, you can read a book. And there is lots of stuff to read online too!
2. Talk to friends on social media
Hop on Facebook and scroll down your list of online friends on the right hand side of the screen. Choose someone nice, and then type in a “Hey, what’s up?” Even if you are not the closest of friends, it is still good to just have human contact with someone. And don’t forget about your phone! You can call and text friends too. Be aware that some people prefer texts to actual phone calls and vice versa, but usually a little “Hey, what’s up?” text is an easy way to get a conversation going.
3. Listen to music
If you walk around town, you’ll see everyone with earbuds in their heads. You can do that too! Make a playlist of favourite songs – ones that really sweep you away. Stick ‘em on your phone, so you have them wherever you go. If you have the correct cable, you can also plug your mP3 device into your car radio. Happy listening!
4. Get a pet
Animals are bundles of love. They seem to be connected to a source of love that we humans often forget. They can offer companionship when you are lonely.
5. Leave the house
Staying home in isolation can cause negative feelings to grow. Go out for a walk! You can stroll to the nearest coffee shop and read a book, or catch the bus and go to the park.
Moving the body does wonders for mental health. If you’re shy, find some exercise videos on YouTube and work out in the privacy of your home. Or, you could join a local gym. In order to stay committed, schedule specific times in your planner for when you will go. You also might want to recruit a friend as a gym buddy to help stay accountable. Don’t worry about being overweight or out of shape… it’s a gym! You’re there to improve your health. If you have questions, ask the manager or gym staff. Good ones will be open to answering you. And if the weather is nice, you can go jogging!
7. Cook your favourite dish
Instead of throwing a TV dinner into the microwave, try making a meal from scratch. You can leaf through a cookbook for an interesting recipe, and also there are tons of recipes online. Shop for the ingredients at the grocery store, and cook away! It might be fun to cook some extra food and invite friends over for dinner as well.
8. Explore your creativity
Take out some paper and a pencil and start sketching. Or invest in a guitar and learn your favourite song -you can find the chords and lyrics to most songs online. If you can’t afford a guitar, find some instrumental tracks for your favorite songs on YouTube and sing karaoke. If you’re adventurous, you could write your own songs! Are you a wordy type? Try your hand at some poetry or short stories. Remember: with creative endeavors, don’t worry about being “perfect.” Just express yourself!
9. Visit friends in person
It might sound old-fashioned, but seeing people in person can help fight feelings of loneliness. Grab a coffee, go to a restaurant, or take a stroll at the local mall. If you share a common interest, do something related to that, whether it be hiking, shopping for makeup, or karaoke!
10. Write in a journal
If you are feeling solitary, nothing works better than writing in a journal. You can vent your frustrations, or explore your hopes and dreams. If that is too much, you can simply write about how your day went. It might be good to keep it in a place where no one can find it.
11. Play Candy Crush… or other online games
It might sound silly, but these little Facebook games can really distract you!
12. Join online communities
If you live in a small town or a rural area, it might be hard to find people with your similar interests or experiences. Connecting with people online can help you feel less alone. You can join Facebook groups, follow people on Twitter or find specific websites with message boards and forums. Always remember to remain safe. Do not share personal information with people unless you have known them for a very long time. If a person makes you feel uncomfortable, do not hesitate to unfriend or block them.
13. Make your home pretty
Unleash your inner interior decorator! Put pictures on your wall that make you happy. Place a vase of flowers on your dresser. And clean up clutter and those piles of clothes! If your home is aesthetically pleasing, then you will be more inclined to feel uplifted.
These are just some suggestions of things you can do to dispel sadness. Feel free to make your own list of things that can help you. Don’t worry if your list is short, or if you are only a little interested in what you’ve written. Take small steps towards achieving a happier you.