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7 Things To Think About When You're Feeling Unhappy

Here are some remedies that I think might help cure your unhappiness, at least for a little while.

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I tend to let my emotions get the best of me, so I made this short list of some things to think about when I'm not feeling my best. I know that just thinking about some random happy things won't entirely fix the way I feel (or you, since you're the one reading this), but it's nice to have a few pick-me-ups to stimulate some better, happier thoughts.

1. Somebody bought a new pet today

Somebody today went out and bought an animal that they're going to love and take care of. That's pretty heartwarming if you ask me.

2. You're feeling down, but it's not permanent

You are a living person who gets to make choices everyday, experience things everyday, and feel things everyday. You never know what's going to happen next, which makes it 100% likely that you will not feel this unhappy forever. Something could happen less than 10 minutes from now that will change your mood. Keep looking forward to that.

3. You can go outside and look at the moon

Just look at it. It's so big and bright and even lights up the dark sky a bit. It's just a big shiny rock up there, floating in space, and it's beautiful. I like the moon a little too much.

4. Think about those videos where people's kids aren't paying attention and run right into clear glass doors

It's kind of mean, but kind of funny.

5. There are people out there right now deciding that they want to go out and make the world a better place

There are good people out there, and I believe there will always be more good people than bad people in the world. Whenever things aren't going too great for me, I like to think about the good people I have in my life, or all the potential good people I'll get to meet later on down the line.

6. Remember the last time you watched a sunrise or sunset

Just take a break from whatever you're doing and imagine the sun changing the color of the sky as it rises or sets. Think about a time you watched one, from your window or outside, and about how peaceful it is. I think that's a very nice thought to have.

7. There are a lot of things you haven't done yet

There are a lot of people you have to meet, foods you have to try, places you have to visit, movies you have to see, books you have to read (or skim through, if you're like me). There's a lot of stuff out there that you get to try. Instead of focusing on feeling unhappy, think about something you want to do in the near of far future. It can be big or small, it doesn't matter.

I hope you liked at least one thing on this list and that it made you feel a little better. Remember, if unhappy thoughts seem to be taking over your life, talk to someone about it. It never hurts to talk. If you feel like you have no one to talk to or you aren't ready to let it all out to someone, that's OK too. Write all your thoughts down, paint a picture, go for a run, or do anything you'd enjoy that would allow you to let off some steam. Go at your own pace and take care of yourself.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...

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There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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