When you’re feeling sad, it can be easy to just hide away from the world and let your emotions get the best of you. But there are ways to deal with sadness in a healthy way that will help you feel better sooner rather than later. Here are some tips for handling when feeling mentally down.
Recognize that your emotions make sense when feeling mentally down.
The first step in handling your emotions and the situation is to recognize that you’re feeling mentally down make sense. You have nothing to apologize for and nothing to be ashamed of. It’s okay to feel sad, upset, angry or any other emotion you may experience during a mental health crisis. Emotions are natural responses to stressful situations that can often be overwhelming at first. You’re not alone in feeling this way, many people struggle with mental health issues at some point in their lives.
Acknowlegde your feelings of sadness.
- Don’t push it down.
- Don’t dwell on the negative.
- Ask for help when you need it, don’t be afraid to talk about how you feel and reach out if there are things you need assistance with, like navigating a difficult situation at work or school, helping with housework, or taking care of yourself physically (e.g., cooking a healthy meal).
- Talk about your feelings and ask others what they think might be causing them so that they can help provide support during this time when it matters most!
Try to reflect on the source of your feelings.
It’s important to understand the factors that contribute to your current mindset. If you are feeling mentally down, for example, it’s helpful to identify what may be causing those feelings and how they might relate back to previous experiences or habits. When you feel mentally down, it can be hard to see beyond those negative thoughts and emotions, but if you dig a little deeper into the root cause of these feelings, it may help lead you out of them.
It can also help when reflecting on how your mental state impacts others around you and vice versa: How do other people react when they get close enough (or far enough) from someone who is experiencing mental health issues? What is the impact on all parties involved? Do people stop caring about their physical appearance as much? Do they become more careless with their actions in public because there are no consequences anymore? Are friends suddenly keeping less distance than usual between each other while talking face-to-face so as not risk saying something offensive without thinking first?
Find your triggers and try to avoid them.
- Find your triggers. What are the things that make you sad? If you can avoid them, try to do that. If you can’t avoid them, try coping with them in a healthy way.
- Find ways of coping with your triggers. These include talking to someone (a friend or relative), exercising (with a friend or by yourself), reading, listening to music etc.
Get the support you need from people who care about you.
When you’re feeling down, it can be hard to know where to turn and who to talk to. But getting support from people who care about you is one of the best ways to help yourself feel better.
That might mean talking with a friend or family member about what’s going on in your life. Or maybe it means finding a professional who can support and guide you through this difficult time, such as a counselor or therapist. You may also want to consider reaching out for help from organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
You are not alone and no matter how bad things get, there are always options available that can help improve your mental health!
Feeling mentally down is a part of life and having a way to deal with it will help you feel better and be able to move on. You should always try to get the support you need from people who care about you.