30 Steps Toward Healing – Step 6: Releasing Sadness

30 Steps Toward Healing - Step 6: Releasing Sadness

“Let your tears come. Let them water your soul”  Eileen Mayhew

Sadness occurs when we lose something we want. Many people put a lot of effort into supressing sadness but expressing sadness is a critical part of the grieving process and it will need to be released regularly in large quantities for a period of time until it reaches a manageable level that allows us to move forward.

Sadness may never leave completely, in fact it is highly likely it won’t because with any significant loss there will always be a sense of sadness.

Sadness is felt in the chest area, specifically around our hearts but can also leave us with a dull numb aching in the chest.

In the early stages after our loss it may be easy to find time to cry but as time progresses we may feel less comfortable with openly expressing sadness and this is where we risk supressing something that needs to be released.

Sadness isn’t a bad thing – it is a reflection of how much you care.

Action: Find a trigger to purposefully bring on your tears and have a good cry. Remember, we are not here to eliminate the sadness, only reduce it to the level that it is not hijacking everything we do.