I feel like sadness has been a part of my life for a long time, and it’s taken its toll in some ways I never expected. It started slowly - nothing major just moments where I felt like the joy of life was getting sucked away. I thought if I just worked harder, got more sleep, and generally put more effort into things, it would go away. But that only seemed to have a minimal impact on my life and eventually I said enough is enough because it was taking an increasing amount of effort just to make it through each day.
My turning point came when I decided to reach out for help. It wasn’t easy at first as I had convinced myself no one really cared or understood what I was going through. Fortunately, there were people who showed me that wasn’t true and that reaching out was the first step in dealing with extreme sadness. From there, they guided me through the process of recognizing how much power I actually had over my own emotions. As difficult as it could be at times, talking about what I was feeling had an almost immediate impact on their intensity.
By learning how to tackle these issues head-on and lean into uncomfortable conversations with those around me, my lingering sadness gradually became manageable again despite still having tough days here & there (which is totally normal). The ultimate takeaway from this experience is that seeking assistance doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming; if you feel lost then take small steps until something changes – don’t underestimate the power you have over your own wellbeing!