4 Possible Explanations Why You’re Waking Up Sad

Have you ever noticed that you can wake up some days and feel sad for no apparent reason? Well, if you have, take solace in the fact that you’re not alone. This strange experience is something that has affected people throughout the centuries, and hundreds of leading thinkers have tried to figure out why it happens.

Something Unprocessed Could Be Popping Up From Your Childhood

The first possibility is that something unprocessed is popping up from your childhood. Your unconscious knows that something is wrong, but you’re not quite aware of it in your conscious mind. The brain is trying to deal with something that happened in the past (and feeling sad about it). But the only sensation you feel is a kind of non-specific form of the blues you can attribute to anything. 

The best way to deal with this problem is to undergo psychotherapy. Here a therapist will attempt to unlock unconscious musings leading to distress and help you process them. You’ll often engage in what therapists like to call “free association,” where you try to dictate your conscious thoughts as you have them. Eventually, the therapist will help you piece together whatever your underlying trauma is and help you find a way out of it. 

You Have Low-Lying Depression

A lot of people go through life with depression without really knowing that they have it. They assume that the way that they feel is just normal, especially if they have experienced it since childhood (and don’t ever remember feeling truly happy and free). 

Low-lying depression tends to pop up from time to time, causing symptoms that feel like unexplained sadness. If this sounds like you, then you might want to pay a visit to your doctor. They’ll be able to prescribe talk therapies and medication to assist you. 

You’re Not Dealing With A Problem In Your Life

However, the sensation of feeling sad randomly doesn’t have to result from either childhood trauma or a mental health condition. It can simply result from failing to deal with a problem in your life that needs solving. 

Suppose, for instance, that you don’t like where you live. Your unconscious can often take this on board and run with it, producing random feelings of sadness that don’t seem to emerge from conscious thoughts. 

Other times, you might not like your job. Again, where these feelings come from isn’t always obvious. But it can have a massive effect on your quality of life. 

The best way forwards is usually to address these issues. Feeling sad about external circumstances is perfectly healthy and actually a good thing. Pushing through and moving house or getting a new job could be just what you need to prevent these episodes from happening. 

You’re Thinking About The Past

Many people feel sadness or grief when they think about the past. Where possible, try to avoid this kind of rumination. Try to spend time focusing on the present and the things that you can control today. Always move forward if you can.  

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