How to stop being sad? There are times when life feels new, exciting, and invigorating. Then there are moments where life is just moving along nice, simple, and boring. It is nice when things feel in order and we roll over the small bumps in the road of life with minimal challenges. Before you know it, the season has changed and life feels like winter. The skies seem dreary and rainy. You may have been through one major event or a series of setbacks. Either way, life feels hard and you are just trying to trudge through the day. There may be days when it feels hard to just get out of bed. How do stop being sad? In those moments when someone says, “Cheer up”, it doesn’t. Cheer up is at times an empty comment.
When my oldest was 3 weeks old, I was tired of being stuck in the house. Being a first time mommy is not easy, that cute little baby cries and keeps you awake during the night. One evening after supper, I told my husband, “I need to go to the store to pick up diapers. I will be home quickly”. He was then placed in charge of watching – the baby. After buying diapers, I stopped by Gwen’s house. She has been a childhood friend since 2nd grade, her baby was 11 months older than mine. It was a well needed time to talk and laugh. When I realized that 2 hours had flown by I called my husband to let him know that I had passed by Gwen’s house. He was concerned and didn’t know where I was. Those were the days before cell phones.
Stop Being Sad
A couple of weeks ago I was having one of those moments where things felt out control in my life. All I could focus on was negative and I felt down. Rebecca said something that I knew but needed to be reminded of. She said, “Think about the victories, be present in the moment, and be thankful for all the blessings”. The other night I knew one of my sons was having a difficult day. I called him and said, “Come stand outside with me, look at the stars, feel the wind on your face, and embrace the quiet for a moment”. He said, “Thank you, momma”.
When life feels on overload, be brave enough to unclutter your schedule, turn off your phone, and write down all the good things. Take time to do something you want to do, meditate, breathe, laugh with a friend, and just be. It’s in those moments where we can stop and enjoy the simple things and it helps to stop being sad.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Life Coach, Author of Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life, My Life is a Mess: Organizing 101