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Everyone feels sad sometimes, just like everyone can feel joyful, angry, proud and plenty of other emotions. In other words, everyone has feelings, and those feeling are always changing. Whatever the feeling, it is real and part of living. A negative emotion may even help you. Our world focuses on happiness and treats unhappiness as an unnecessary or useless feeling. But sadness can slow you down, and make you really think about your life, your feelings and the people around you.
It can help you keep sight of your relationships and dreams.
Rather, it helps you come to terms with that situation and move on. It is an important emotion that can help you adapt, accept, focus, persevere and grow. We use different words to talk about sadness: agony, anguish, broken heart, hurt, sorrow, dejection, dismay, homesickness, distress, unhappiness and more.
All these emotions are a response to a negative situation. Sadness is also often a result of another feeling, such as anger, stress, guilt, grief, anxiety or hopelessness. So what does sadness feel like? It may change how you feel physically. Sadness may also change how you feel emotionally. Perhaps you are teary, grumpy, bored or frustrated, or just keen to avoid other people.
But recognising your sadness, and understanding that it is okay to feel sad, is a of a stable sense of wellbeing. When you face these situations, you may have unhelpful or negative thoughts about your sadness. And those thoughts can make you feel worse. So, try a different approach: try to acknowledge your sadness and the situation that prompted it. And give yourself time to deal with any problems and feel better. You also may want to call on resources that could help you such as friends and family, or a psychologist, or other health professional. Feeling better can involve taking one step or many.
It may happen quickly or over a long time. Just remember that emotions ebb and flow, and you can move through sadness to a more positive emotion. First, acknowledge that you are feeling sad. Then, look at ways to deal with your sadness. You may want to try some of these tips:. Maybe you know someone else who is feeling sad. For more ideas about how to support someone who is sad, read the tips from beyondblue.
Feeling sad does not mean you have depression. But if your mood starts to interrupt your life and how you function, then you may have become depressed. Key differences between sadness and clinical depression relate to the cause for the change in mood and how long you have felt that way.
If your mood relates to a recent event, such as a relationship breakup, then you may well be feeling sadness. This has been produced in consultation with and approved by:. There are many people you can talk to who can help you overcome feelings of wanting to lash out.
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The State of Victoria and the Department of Health shall not bear any liability for reliance by any user on the materials contained on this website. Healthy mind. Home Healthy mind. It's okay to feel sad. Actions for this Listen Print. Summary Read the full fact sheet. On this. About sadness You may feel sad for many reasons Sadness will ease Supporting someone else who is feeling sad Sadness is different from depression Where to get help. About sadness We use different words to talk about sadness: agony, anguish, broken heart, hurt, sorrow, dejection, dismay, homesickness, distress, unhappiness and more.
You may feel sad for many reasons Life is full of situations that may make people feel sad: having trouble at home for example, family fights or domestic violence having trouble at school or work, or feeling pressure there moving home losing a loved one or a friend being ill, or caring for someone who is ill experiencing chemical changes in your body from puberty, drugs or medicines experiencing changes in your thoughts for example, developing an unhelpful thinking style such as being self-critical, or learning new information about subjects such as poverty or terrorism.
Sadness will ease Feeling better can involve taking one step or many. You may want to try some of these tips: Be honest with yourself and the people around you. Talk to someone whom you trust. Seek help from a professional a doctor, psychologist, or other health professional. You may need support, advice or a referral to a specialist. Think about whether your sleep and eating patterns are good for you. Help someone else. Find a creative way to express your sadness. Writing your thoughts in a diary, for example, may help you find a new perspective.
Keep yourself safe. If you feel at risk of hurting yourselflet someone know immediately. If a prescribed medication makes you feel down, let your doctor know. And talk to your doctor before taking any non-prescribed medications or complementary or alternative medicines.
Do things that you enjoy and that are good for you. Find ways to make your life more pleasurable: listen to music, go for a walk, read a book, call a friend. Tackle one problem at a time. Have confidence that things will improve.
You need to trust that your sad feelings will lessen with time and effort. Supporting someone else who is feeling sad Maybe you know someone else who is feeling sad. Here are four basic tips: Ask the person if they are okay. Just checking shows you care. Listen without judging. If the person is reluctant to ask someone for help such as a school counsellor, a workplace HR representative or a doctoryou may be able to help by offering to go with them, finding the contact information for them to make the call, or even by finding them some helpful information from a trusted and credible source.
Reassure them that sadness is a valid emotion, and can be overcome. Sadness is different from depression Feeling sad does not mean you have depression.
Depression: is a longer term feeling more than two weeks of severe sadness and other symptoms. These symptoms may include sleeplessness, low energy, concentration problems, pessimism, loss of hope, suicidal thoughts and appetite issues. Maybe the person has experienced a trauma or psychological stress can lead to ificant weight change or sleep disruption. Remember… Everyone feels sad sometimes. You can learn to manage your sadness. Feeling sad does not mean you are experiencing depression If you have been feeling persistently sad for more than two weeks or you have lost interest in most of your usual activities, you might be depressed.
In this case, it is important to seek help. SANE Forums are full of people who want to talk to you and offer support. More information here. Why sadness is your friend, Lifehack. Being sad can be good for you, Body and Soul. The importance of sadness, Mindful.
What's the difference between being depressed and being sad or unhappy,Women's College Hospital. Is it depression or sadness?
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