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No one likes to feel sad.

Sorrow can be hard to contend with and it can seem like it will never go away. Many of us try hard to push those emotions down and ignore them. But ignoring feelings doesn’t make them go away, and trying to do so can often lead to bigger problems down the road.

The truth is that you can’t really push emotions out of the way and get rid of them. It simply doesn’t work that way. Trying to do so is generally a matter of distraction and avoidance. Once the distractions stop working, those feelings will still be there needing to be dealt with.

Even so, there are many who would still opt for distraction after distraction rather than face their difficult feelings. Unfortunately, the consequences of turning away from your feelings can be worse than the feelings themselves.

So what might happen if you ignore your sadness?

Trying to numb the pain, so to speak, takes more time and energy than you might anticipate. It also takes an emotional toll of its own. Here are just a few of the things that can happen if you chose not to deal with your sadness as it arises.

While allowing yourself to experience sadness and pain as they are happening is an important and healthy thing to do, it doesn’t mean that you retreat into a corner and hide. Dealing with these feelings does require coping mechanisms that help you process those feelings in a productive way. And it may very well require the support of friends and family in order for you to really put things into the proper perspective.

If you find that you are struggling with painful feelings don’t ignore them, don’t try to numb them, and don’t try to bury them with distractions. Instead, take the time to acknowledge what you are feeling, and if you need some help, ask for it.

Why You Should Express Your Sadness

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