Have you been depressed lately? Do you feel like this overwhelming sadness you can’t seem to get rid of has consumed you completely?
Do you feel like your soul is in pain and as if you are at your breaking point?
If these are some of the things you’ve been experiencing, you’ve come to the right place because you are about to read 10 easy steps to repair your broken soul and to chase your sadness away.
1. Face your emotions
The first step to take when it comes to dealing with any type of emotion is looking it straight in the eyes.
There are some things you would rather run away from, but remember that repressing your pain will only make it grow.
Instead of bottling up your sadness, accept it as a part of yourself, without allowing it to define you.
Remember that this pain isn’t the end of the world, and that it is all a part of life.
So, instead of pretending like it doesn’t exist, embrace it as something you will overcome and chase away.
2. Find out the reason of your sadness
After you’ve acknowledged that your soul is sad, the first and foremost thing to do is to identify the root of that sadness.
Be careful because that reason doesn’t have to be very obvious, even for you.
It can be something you’ve kept hidden inside of yourself for ages, and now it has found its way to the surface.
It can be a childhood trauma or some emotional baggage you are carrying from one of your past relationships without even being aware of it.
Either way, a reason for your sadness has to exist, and you are the only one who can get to the bottom of it.
If you are having trouble identifying it, think of the last thing that broke your heart and hurt you to the bone.
Don’t be scared of being completely honest with yourself, and don’t be ashamed of being clear about the things and the people who have done you harm.
You are not weak for feeling this way because of something that might appear irrelevant at first glance, and you have every right to be hurt.
3. Allow yourself to grieve
Once you understand what the cause of your sadness is, the worst thing you can do is to try to chase it away right on the spot without processing it first.
This way, you’ll only think that you’ve healed your sad soul when you’ve actually done nothing except sweep your pain under the carpet and give it a chance to haunt you later on.
Remember that healthy healing is a process which has to start with getting all of your negative emotions out of your system.
If this is something you want to achieve, you have to allow yourself to grieve.
The best thing to do is to set yourself a time frame in which you are allowed to dedicate yourself completely to this sadness you are feeling.
Cry, scream, or do whatever you please.
Nevertheless, when that time passes, this pain can’t be the focus of your life anymore. When that time frame is over, you are leaving this sadness behind.
4. Remove yourself physically from the source of your pain
You can’t expect to ever be better if you are constantly surrounded by what or who is hurting you.
Maybe the cause of your pain is your family, your romantic partner or maybe it is your work environment.
Either way, what you have to do is move away from the pain and that means breaking ties with the ones who represent it.
I know that making this cut seems impossible, but it is time for you to start taking care of your own needs and to be a little selfish.
Remember that you did everything in your power to make things right in relation to these people or this situation and that now, you are left with no other choice but to walk away.
There is also the possibility that the source of your pain is an event or a person from your past which you have no contact with whatsoever.
If this is the case with you, then you have to get rid of everything that might remind you of the pain you’ve experienced, and that will be your symbolical removal from whatever is hurting your soul.
5. Surround yourself with positive people
Cutting toxic people out of your life doesn’t mean staying alone or being lonely. Instead, replace those pessimistic people who kept draining all of your energy with ones who will be the light to your darkness.
Surround yourself with optimistic, positive people who mean you well and who have a good impact on you.
I am not saying that the change of your environment will magically make you feel better, but they will definitely make a difference in your outlook on the world.
Make sure you spend most of your time with people who bring a smile to your face and with the ones who push you forward, instead of allowing the ones who put you down to still be a part of your life.
Trust me—these are the people who will help you cure the sadness in your soul and replace it with joy and happiness.
6. Be kind to yourself
You know how you treat everyone around you with care and understanding? Well, now it is time to start behaving that way to yourself.
This is the time in which there is absolutely no place for self-judgment or self-blame.
No, you are not weak for feeling the way you do, and you are not crazy for having these emotions.
You should never think of yourself as an underachiever, and try not to put yourself down every time you don’t accomplish all of your healing goals.
Remember that these things take time and can’t happen overnight.
For a start, put small tasks in front of yourself. Take baby steps, and you’ll be more than proud once you achieve each one of your goals.
Besides, it will help you see that you can do everything you set your mind on and that you will completely succeed in healing your broken soul in no time.
7. Try not to overthink
Sometimes, the main reason for our sadness is not just the bad things that went on. It is the fact that we constantly obsess about them.
I know that you are convinced that your overthinking is beyond your control, and I am sure that nobody would like to make it stop more than you do.
Nevertheless, I have a plan for you. Give yourself a certain amount of time every day, i.e. half an hour, in which you are allowed to think about the stuff that is bothering you.
But when that time passes, force yourself to focus your energy on other things.
After a while, try reducing this time frame little by little.
I promise you that one day, you’ll just wake up and whatever is hurting you won’t even be on your mind anymore. One day, just like that, you’ll simply forget to overthink.
8. Do what makes you happy
Sometimes, the hardest thing in the process of healing your sad soul is managing to redirect your thoughts and your energy elsewhere.
It is forcing your mind to be occupied with other things besides the source of your pain.
The best way to achieve this is to start looking after your needs and doing the things that satisfy you the most.
Think about the book you’ve wanted to read for a while or about that place you’ve always wanted to visit.
I won’t lie to you—at first, you won’t be able to concentrate or anything besides your sadness.
Nevertheless, don’t let this discourage you.
Instead of giving up, just keep going, and before you know it, you’ll catch yourself being completely focused on your new source of joy.
9. Change what you can
Let’s face it—none of us think of our lives as perfect, but there are simply some circumstances we can’t affect, as much as we would like to.
And these are the things you simply have to accept the way they are.
On the other hand, there is some stuff that you can make a difference about, and this is where you ought to put your energy.
Start with some small changes such as switching up your hairdo or your daily routine—whatever makes you feel better about yourself.
10. Look at things from a different perspective
Finally, what you need to remember is that sadness usually doesn’t come from the events around us. It comes from within us and from the way we perceive things.
That is why it is necessary for you to change your outlook on life.
Remember that everything happens for a bigger cause and that there is something good in every bad situation, even though you might not see it now.
Have faith that bigger and greater things await you, and start observing all of these struggles as blessings.