Sometimes, feeling sad is part of the healing process, and it’s part of living a full and meaningful life. Remember that you’re more than your emotions, but that your emotions are important messengers that are trying to guide you in the direction that you’re meant to go.
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu
When You’re Feeling Sad…
Step into the sun.
Let the sun shine on you, literally and in every other way. Letting yourself be touched by the sun’s rays is a reminder that the light is never too far away, and that it’s ready to come back to you whenever you’re ready for it to come back. Letting yourself be in the sun is also an act of courage, resilience, and faith, as you’re staying open to the light’s presence even when you feel like staying in the dark.
Whether it’s a person, an animal, a thought, a memory, or the sun itself, there is someone and something that will always be your sunshine, even on your darkest day.
Tell people you love them, and hug them.
Hold onto each other. Lean on each other. Whether it’s one person, one hundred people, a stranger, or a pet, know that you’re in this together and there are others who care, who love you, and who will help you through difficult times. Accept that care, that love, and that help with humble gratitude… even though it may not be easy.
When you’re feeling sad, I know that there’s not much that can take the heartache or pain away. I’ve been there before, and as I write this, I’m going through it once again. Sometimes, a sincere hug or the simple words, “I love you” and “I care” can pierce through the veil of grief, even if it’s only briefly.
Never stop letting the people you love know that they’re in your heart.
Let yourself feel it.
It’s OK to not feel OK. It’s OK to not want to smile when you’re feeling sad. It’s OK to feel whatever you’re feeling. It’s OK to be in the darkness sometimes, but we need to move through it in order to move out of it.
There’s no need to beat yourself up for feeling any certain way. You can forgive yourself for it if you feel like you’re at that point. If you’re not ready to stop feeling sad, just know that it’s healthy and normal to feel whatever is coming up right now. Healing is a process. Life is a journey. Everything has its value.
Let the sad times remind you to stay humble and grateful for living another day. Accept the incredible gift of being here, and praise it by dwelling in a deep state of gratitude.
Whether you put your gratefulness onto paper, repeat it in a mantra to yourself, or just sit in silent gratitude, you’re doing yourself a high service. Let the gloomy moments be a stark reminder that your task right now is to accept the miraculous gift of life–of being here, with humility and joy.
- When you’re feeling sad, what makes you feel better about the situation, or about life?
- During difficult or stressful times, what has helped you move through the chaos and come out on the other side?
Please share your own stories, experiences, insights, or encouraging words in the comments.
Share this post with someone who may be feeling sad, but who deserves to feel better/happy/at peace again.
Step into the sun. Say, “I love you.” Feel this. Stay humble. Stay grateful.
Free wreath graphic by Lisa Glanz; lettering by Aim Happy.