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10 tips to relieve sadness

10 tips to relieve sadness

June 17, 2024

Everyone, at some time or stage of our life, we have felt sadness . Sometimes, it is impossible not to feel it, because some environmental events can cause (bereavement process, lack of love, having to change homes, etc.).

However, sometimes sadness is the cause of our way of thinking or our way of behaving, especially when it lasts a long period of time.

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Tips to overcome sadness

Since sadness is an emotion we all experience, in this article I have prepared a list of tips that will help you alleviate it when it manifests , pay attention to the following lines because they can be useful to you.


1. Cry if necessary

We usually think that it is not good to cry, because socially it is not well seen and it makes us weak people in the eyes of others; However, some studies indicate that crying can be relaxing and can help you release endorphins , which are hormones related to pleasure. Some scientists claim that crying activates the parasympathetic system, and helps you recover from the stress and traumatic experiences you may experience.

It is not about forcing the weeping, but about feeling the emotion without avoiding it, because a rebound effect can occur, and thus experience greater pain. Also, crying is good for the health of the body, because it helps to release toxins, according to the theory of Dr. William Frey.


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2. Accept sadness

As I said in the previous point, avoiding emotions can cause a rebound effect and cause them to increase. That's why today, every time more psychotherapeutic models are applied that revolve around the acceptance of the experience . An example of this is the therapy of acceptance and commitment, which if you want to know in depth you can deepen this methodology in the article "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): principles and characteristics"

Self-acceptance means treating ourselves with love and recognizing that we are valuable. It is recognizing that we should love ourselves because if we do not respect ourselves, sorrow may appear. If you want to know more about how to accept sadness in the article "Self-acceptance: 5 psychological tips to achieve it" we explain it to you.


3. Find your purpose

When we do not find meaning in our life, we are likely to feel great sadness and live immersed in an existential vacuum. A place where we do not see clearly the future and we do not know ourselves .

Therefore, to be happy and to fight for the personal development of oneself, it is necessary work self-knowledge and find out what motivates us. On that path to goals is where our happiness lies.

4. Fight for your goals

Therefore, fighting for goals helps us overcome sadness and enjoy greater well-being, because when we are in contact with ourselves and our desires, our self-motivation increases .

Now, these desires must be realistic, and not only should we have long-term goals in mind, but short-term goals are just as important to keep us active throughout the process.

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5. Do sport

Physical exercise is one of the activities that most favor the well-being of people. Not only is it healthy at the cardiovascular level or to improve physical appearance, but also produces happiness chemicals such as endorphins or serotonin , which are associated with a positive mood and greater emotional well-being.

Studies suggest that sports and physical activity help us to be happier, reduce stress and improve our self-esteem. In the article "The 10 psychological benefits of practicing physical exercise" you can find more information about these advantages.

6. Go outside

Studies suggest that going outside is good for our mental health. Vitamin D that is stimulated by sunlight favors the activation of the enzyme hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) converts tryptophan to serotonin in our brain .

Other studies suggest that going out on the street is key for patients with depression, since it produces significant improvements in their recovery.

7. Do something that you like

Whether reading, swimming or playing cards, the activities we like do make us release dopamine and many other neurotransmitters related to pleasure and happiness (endorphins, serotonin, etc.). The activities that we like the most allow us to stop for a while and open the door to sadness.

8. Socialize

If going out and doing what we like is good, even better if we do it in company. Studies suggest that you socialize and have friends it is imperative for our mental health . To meet new people, you can simply go to yoga classes in your town or to the gym, and you'll see how you get new friendships.

9. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an oriental practice that has been applied in recent years in the clinical and psychotherapeutic field for its benefits for mental health. Use meditation as a technique to be in the present moment, accept our internal and external experience, improve the capacity for self-awareness and adopt a non-judgmental mentality .

To learn to practice Mindfulness you can attend any of the courses that we present in our article "The 5 best Mindfulness courses and workshops"

10. Go to a professional

If the sadness is lasting and you do not know how to overcome this situation, you may need psychological help to overcome this adverse situation. There are many professionals that can help you improve your wellbeing and your quality of life.

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