Sadness is a normal emotion that we feel when we go through a bad experience like breakup, rejection, loss, or failure. It is not an enjoyable feeling but it is a healthy emotional response that tries to tell us the real value of what we lost. It also teaches us to treasure what we have and to be compassionate with others who go through the same situation.

But even though we don’t enjoy feeling sad, it is always possible for us to experience it because there are many things that we just cannot control. When we experience sadness, the best thing we can do is to accept it as real and do something to minimize or prevent its negative impact in our lives and personality.

Here are some ways that can help you to handle sadness:

1. Release it.

Express your sadness by letting it out. You can cry to your heart’s content and you will feel better afterwards. Observations show that women who grieve fully about the death of their husbands are more likely to recover and remarry than widows who grieve but try to put on a strong outward appearance.

2. Engage in exercise or physical activity.

Exercise keeps your mind and body busy. It improves oxygenation and blood circulation. It helps you to make a “physical release” of your emotions and it stimulates your brain to release “feel good” hormones that can do wonders to your mood.

3. Talk to friends or family.

You need the support of your friends and family especially if you are feeling gloomy. That’s what friends and family are for: To support each other in times of happiness and sorrow.

4. Get busy.

You cannot recover from sadness if you lock yourself in your room and think about your loss or defeat. After you have released your sadness, you should get on with your normal life. Get yourself occupied with work. It can help to divert you away from stressful thoughts that can only make you more depressed.

5. Think positive.

You must remember that nothing is permanent in this world including your bad experience. If you are sad, you should know that in one way or another, a good thing will happen to you if you won’t allow that negative emotion to defeat you now. Look at the bright side of things and be aware that behind the dark clouds, the sun is still shining.

6. Get some sun.

Sunshine has a positive effect on our mood and outlook. It also helps to relieve stress and depression. So if you are feeling gloomy, you should not hide in the darkness of your room; it can only worsen your grief. Go out and get some sun instead.

7. Avoid watching sad movies and television programs. It can only make you feel sadder.

These are some of the ways that you can do to handle sadness. Just remember that sadness is a natural feeling. You should recognize it. It can help you to appreciate a lot of lessons that only the realities of life can give you.