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How to deal with sad feelings

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What is sadness?

Sadness is defined as having grief, sorrow or unhappiness. Sad feelings are also a part of depression and related to other parts of depression including poor self-worth, poor sleep and difficulty enjoying things.
Although we can sometimes get caught in our sad feelings, we don't have to. We can undo sadness and start growing our happiness and well-being. Here are ways to deal with sad feelings.

Dealing with sad feelings

1.

Beat rumination by engaging your body in some activity that is intense enough that you can't think for a few minutes

2.

Imagine a bright future, not a gloomy future

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Cultivate mindfulness skills

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Try cognitive reappraisal - reinterpret a sad situation in a more positive (or less negative) way

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Read some books on overcoming sadness

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Boost your serotonin

Dealing with sad feelings

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Eat less sugar - sugar is bad for our physical and mental health

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Don't obsess over your sad feelings - try to focus on actions you can take and things you can do to feel better, rather than focusing specifically on your sad feelings

9.

Get a positive emotion boost

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Outsmart your smartphone and use your phones in ways that increase happiness

11.

Be kind to yourself

12.

Make a plan to beat sadness

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