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What you may be experiencing  

Sadness is a common emotion. You may feel sad for different reasons. Perhaps you’re experiencing sadness because you lost your job. Or you’ve missed the chance to celebrate an important milestone.  Maybe it has been a while since you last saw your friends and family.  

Sadness may cause you to feel emotionally numb or lack energy. You may: 

  • Cry more often. 
  • Have trouble sleeping or sleep too much.  
  • Have no appetite or eat too much.  
  • Drink more alcohol than usual.  
  • Lose interest in activities that you used to enjoy. 

What you can do 

Acknowledge what’s happening.

It is okay to not feel okay. If you are feeling sad, know that you are not alone.  

Prioritize taking care of yourself. 

Consider simple strategies like eating well, exercising, and making time for rest. Take time for yourself. Acknowledge your successes. You are doing the best you can.

Be mindful of how you’re feeling. 

While doing an activity you enjoy, focus on the here-and-now. Notice how each part of an activity gives you satisfaction, hope, joy, stress reduction, etc. This can be as simple as staying present while you are preparing a meal and enjoying each step in that process.  

Maintain connections with others. 

Reach out to people you want to connect with. Call, video chat and/or text message friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Write a letter or postcard. 

Seek help from a professional if your sadness becomes overwhelming or feels unmanageable. 

Page Last Reviewed: April 16, 2021

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