30 Things To Do When You're Feeling Sad

30 Things To Do When You're Feeling Sad

"Sadness flies away on the wings of time." - Jean de la Fontaine

We’ve all had those days where nothing seems to go right. Or maybe you just feel down for no particular reason. Life can be hard sometimes, and it’s not always easy to pick yourself back up when you’ve been knocked down. It’s okay to feel sad sometimes, but it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be sad forever. Usually taking a day to relax and evaluate my feelings can help to pull myself out of that funk. Sometimes I just need to spend time with my friends or my significant other to distract myself and lift my spirits a little. The important thing is to find what works for you. For example, you could try…

1. Eat something sweet

Who doesn't love a sweet treat after a crummy day?

2. Buy the first book you see at a bookstore.

You might find something you never would have picked up otherwise.

3. Dance to loud music.

Nothing like an emergency dance party to brighten your day.

4. Go outside.

A little fresh air never hurt anybody.

5. Call a friend or loved one.

Talking to someone you love might be just what you need to feel better.

6. Write down things you are thankful for.

Though today seems bad, there is always something to be thankful for.

7. Cook a recipe you've always wanted to try.

Let out your inner chef and try something new!

8. Go to your local animal shelter.

I don't know anyone who has felt worse after playing with puppies and kittens.

9. Lie down and take deep breaths while you burn a candle.

Take this time to think about your feelings and come to terms with them.

10. Go through your old clothes and donate them.

You can help others while you purge!

11. Drink something warm.

A good cup of cocoa or tea always makes me feel a little better.

12. Make a fort out of blankets and pillows.

Okay, who doesn't love a good blanket fort?

13. Plan a slumber party with your best friend(s).

There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned slumber party.

14. Watch your favorite movie.

Your favorite film can be the perfect pick-me-up.

15. Cover yourself in soft things.

Grab your softest blanket, some fuzzy socks, and your most comfortable pajamas and relish in the fuzziness.

16. Do some yoga.

Yoga can help stretch your body as well as clear your mind.

17. Hug someone you love.

A good hug can turn your whole day around.

18. Play an old video game.

Break out that old gaming console collecting dust and put it to good use. Enjoy the nostalgia.

19. Take a long bath or shower.

Relax and comfort your tired body with a warm bath or shower.

20. Find something pretty to put in your room.

Our mood can be affected by the environment around us, so make your environment beautiful!

21. Take a nap.

A good nap can help you feel refreshed after a long day.

22. Find a new TV show to watch.

Get out of your TV rut and find something new to binge.

23. Go for a walk.

Get a little exercise and enjoy some fresh air.

24. Look for shapes in the clouds.

It could be a bunny, or it could be a dragon. It's up to you!

25. Watch a YouTube video that made you laugh.

Remember that cat video that had you in stitches? Now is a great time to look it up again!

26. Go to a museum.

This is a good opportunity to get a change of scenery and to learn something new.

27. Go to a thrift store and buy the weirdest item you find.

Great entertainment you and an even better conversation piece.

28. Go out with friends.

Whether it's a night at the club or a lunch date, get out and have some fun with your friends!

29. Have an at-home spa day.

Pamper yourself a little and try some home-made face masks or give yourself a pedicure.

30. Write down ten reasons you love yourself.

Remember that no matter how awful today seems: there is always hope for a better tomorrow.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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