I have simply taken a break from watching the news. I can’t help but feel the world has gone mad. I fear that by exposing my children to the constant sadness and chaos we see on TV, I desensitize them to pain and suffering. I think a lot of us feel sad for all the suffering we see around us. We not only have to cope with losing aging relatives, we also have to cope with being eye witnesses to other people’s loss. These overwhelming images make us sad.
The question is, how do we deal with sadness when all seems to be going wrong?
Positive ways of dealing with sadness
The following are some ways of dealing with sadness that are generally positive.
- Physical exercise. Exercise releases hormones in the brain that lift your mood.
- Social support. Talking to friends or family when you are feeling down can help you feel better.
- Getting active and involved. Work or involvement with the outside world can help you forget about your sad mood.
- Positive thinking can help counter sadness. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself.
- Be creative: write, paint or dance away your sad feelings.
- Get out into the light. Lack of sunlight can contribute to depression.
- Professional support. If your sadness is becoming a problem in your life, counseling is advisable.
I was talking with my husband recently about my emotions. That afternoon while I was at work I received the most pleasant surprise, a bouquet of flowers from my husband. The note simply read, “you’re appreciated”. That surprise certainly brightened my day and changed my mood.
My children like to pick dandelions when they are in bloom and bring them in the house. My first instinct is ask them to please leave the dandelions outside, where they belong! But I have learned to admire and appreciate the innocence and kindness in their act. They only want to brighten and beautify our home.
My point is, there is beauty all around us, in the simple and the grand. There are days when the world seems hopeless and dark but beyond the dark clouds is a rainbow and sunshine. Let’s remember to focus on the positive and the beautiful in our lives and pray for those who are dealing with loss and all that is ugly in this world.
|Flowers from my husband