How to Overcome Sadness

We all have bad days, but don’t let them ruin how you feel about yourself or others.


  1. List everything in your life you are thankful for.
  2. #Put humor in your life! Learn to laugh at yourself or rent your favourite funny videos.
  3. Do not make any big decisions while you’re in this state. Wait until you’re feeling better so you can rationally weigh the ups and downs of your decisions.
  4. Do something that you enjoy or that will keep you busy, like cleaning your house, volunteer, or read your favorite book.
  5. Try to make some plans with your friends. Chances are that you’ll have tons of fun.
  6. Don’t expect too much of yourself.
  7. Face the things that you’re dreading. Once you do, you’re bound to feel a lot better.
  8. Buy yourself or someone else a present.
  9. Relax. Take a long walk by yourself to think things over, take a bubble bath, or listen to soothing music.
  10. Be sure to get enough sleep by going to bed and waking up at reasonable times. Being tired makes you feel more stressed and annoyed.
  11. Give someone a hug! Everybody likes those. It’ll make both of you feel good.
  12. Know that what you are going through is very common. Talk to someone you trust about what you are feeling – they can help you sort through your emotions.
  13. Get some exercise! When you exercise, your body makes more special chemicals called endorphins that help to improve your mood.
  14. Practice deep breathing exercises.
  15. Pray or read something inspirational.
  16. Don’t dwell on your weaknesses or mistakes. Think of things that you like about yourself or that you’ve done to help someone. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishments.
  17. Prepare for tests early.
  18. Eat nutritious meals and/or snacks. A good diet helps you both physically and mentally.
  19. Set realistic goals. Always take things one step at a time.
  20. Stop worrying about things that may never happen.
  21. Forgive yourself and others.
  22. Get involved with things you like to do.
  23. Keep a journal. Your journal can act as someone you can always vent to and will never judge you.
  24. Make time for fun.


  • Relaxation and making time for fun are essential to making yourself feel better.

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