It’s the end of August, and for most of us, summer is coming to an end. Coming from my own personal experience, I used to feel such sadness at this time of year. As a kid, the end of summer meant the end of fun. Back to school, back to business. Sadness creeps up on us, year round. Whether we are going through hard times with our jobs, relationships, finances; each and everyone of us feels this emotion at one point or another. While these are the facts of life, it’s important to make sure we don’t get stuck in this emotion. This week, we’ll discover some ways to overcome this sadness and find true happiness.
1. A general culprit of sadness is when we stray from present moment living. Yearning for the past, anxious about the future. If you find you’re in this mode, bring yourself back to this very moment. Take a minute, focus on the breath you’re breathing right this second. Realize that even in this moment, everything is ok. Try and live your life in each moment and notice if you experience any relief from this.
2. Allow yourself to feel the emotions that come up, notice them, ponder them, and then let them go. If you’re feeling sadness, it’s likely for a reason. Don’t think that you are weak or less than because you’re feeling these emotions. Allow them to rise up; don’t stuff them down. Really think about what is causing you this turmoil. If there is something you can do to remedy the situation, do it. If not, let it go. Don’t allow yourself to get stuck in the rut. Come out of the dark place.
3. Know that everything in life happens for a reason. Life is full of lessons and teachings. We think that when we exit the classrooms we’ve learned it all and can face anything. Well, I hate to break it to you, but you learn some of the most powerful and life changing lessons outside the classroom. If something happens for you in your life that doesn’t feel right or good, think about what you can learn from it. Is there a lesson there? Be present and start to discover the patterns in your life, and what you can do in this moment to start a new path.
4. Love yourself, and surround yourself with those who love you too. Support systems and self-love are so important, especially in times of sadness. Be gentle with yourself if you’re going through a hard time. Find activities to do to bring you up. Also, clue your loved ones into what’s going on with you and allow them to help lift your spirits. Relationships are so important in our lives, the ones we have with others, and the ones we have with ourselves.
What do you do to overcome sadness? What gets you out of your own funk? Let us know!