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Why do I sometimes feel sad for no reason?

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Last Updated: 05/29/2018 at 7:53pm
Why do I sometimes feel sad for no reason?
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- Expert in Managing Emotions
February 19th, 2016 7:53pm
Sometimes I feel a feeling of sadness for no reason, because I attempt to focus and think about every area of my life at the same time instead of being patient with myself and handling situations one by one. I get sad that I'm not able to do everything at once! which we all know is impossible.
- Expert in Managing Emotions
March 4th, 2016 11:37am
There are times that you feel sad for no reason if you are just doing nothing.Being sad is the absent of happiness. You feel sad when you are alone. You can't make yourself happy by your own. You can't seek happiness within yourself.
- Expert in Managing Emotions
February 27th, 2016 3:28pm
Overthinking. When you think way too much it puts you in a foul mood because of all the negative "what if" scenarios you build up in your head
March 3rd, 2016 1:35pm
There's always a reason. It can be physical fatigue or unfinished psychological business. It's also often repressed guilt about past behavior or current avoidance.
June 23rd, 2015 1:35pm
First off, everything that's normal for you is normal :) Everyone's different, everyone has a different normal, and sometimes that normal changes :P I've found that quite often, the way I feel can be just as subject to habit as it can be to actual other reasons. If I've been pretty lazy lately, have not exercised, and haven't talked to many people, and have been lounging around the house, then the house becomes a zone of depression for me. Even if I have no reason to be upset or sad, just being in the house might make me feel sad purely because I have formed a mental link between house and sad.
- Expert in Managing Emotions
February 18th, 2016 2:14am
There must be a reason at the back of your mind that you have not let go of yet that is making you upset. It is good if you can address the reason and deal with it.
March 3rd, 2016 8:22pm
Sometimes when we feel sad it can be due to a number of reasons. Lack of sleep, an unhealthy diet, reminders of negative past experiences are all things that can contribute to feeling low for "no reason."
July 2nd, 2016 5:21am
Sadness is a completely natural human emotion. Sometimes we can feel sad or depressed for no reason, and that is completely okay. We aren't always aware of things that could be affecting us, or our sub conscious. It's always important to take time for YOU at least once during the day when you can be free of interruptions. This involves self reflection. If you are feeling sad for no reason, take some time by yourself to do some deep breathing and reflect on what has been happening in your life recently. You never know what you may think of! Never look at this as a bad thing. We are constantly working on our emotions as human beings. There may be an area of your life that is bothering you, when you can identify that, you can then work on bettering yourself or the situation that could be causing you some sadness. Good luck!
April 22nd, 2016 5:59pm
Feelings don't necessarily need to have a reason. You can feel happy for no reason and you can feel sad for no reason. If the feeling is stronger you might want to consider depression
May 22nd, 2016 11:46am
It can happen for a variety of reasons. If you're a girl, it can be hormonal changes before a period. It could also be the first sign of depression. Stress or subconscious worries could make you feel down too.
April 14th, 2016 12:44pm
Well, you might be depressed. I feel sad for no apparent reason too, and due to my curiosity I figured out that I was depressed. I hope you feel better. Talk yo any of us, many listeners would be glad to help you out. :)
April 15th, 2016 3:23pm
I always believe that missing someone sometimes make your mood swing extremely, or simply just feel lonely. And I believe they all are just natural. We;re going to be fine anyway.
August 11th, 2015 2:28pm
Absolutely. Emotions are complicated and they certainly don't make sense all of the time. However, that doesn't mean that any feeling is "wrong" or that we should judge ourselves for feeling them. Being sad is okay sometimes, and trying to push our feelings away simply because we don't understand them often makes us suffer more in the long run.
November 30th, 2015 10:09am
Yes, It is normal. I too experience this.
March 18th, 2016 11:32am
Maybe you are feeling some kind of stress or anxiety. Sometimes there is nothing obvious around to make us feel sad, but if you think about it, it can be something more general: our career, family, friends, life expectations... Don't feel bad about your emotions, talk to someone about them if you feel that it can help.
July 29th, 2016 6:03pm
because you're thinking about past or worried about future!. so, don't think about past or worry about future, just enjoy you're life :)
July 28th, 2015 12:11am
No, it is not normal to feel sad for no reason at all. Never let yourself be sad for no reason. We are sometimes sad for a reason or even more than a reason, but you will figure out the reason(s) and deal with it.
December 4th, 2017 3:45am
It might be that you're clinically depressed or are experiencing sadness from past unresolved issues that you are not fully conscious of. These unresolved issues will resurface with the help of undergoing therapy.
October 27th, 2015 1:09am
Of course it is, I, sometimes feel very depressed for no reason at all. I even listen to really sad songs but then have to remind myself that I'm safe and am currently surrounded by people who love me and I then start to name everything I'm thankful for.
February 20th, 2016 5:00pm
You may feel sad because your subconsious mind knows that something is bothering you, even though you don't know why you are sad there might be an underlying reason which has something to do with an earlier trouble which you feel nervous about. Try going over your past experiences and consider whether you are happy about the outcome.
February 26th, 2016 8:01am
You probably didn't get sad without any reason; you got sad without being consciously aware of the reason. This can happen to anybody. Often, it occurs when you make an unconscious link to something else that made you sad in the past. It is impossible for someone else to say what in particular made you sad this time; it could be any kind of sensory input. The smell of the flowers at your grandmother's funeral. Light shining through a window the way it was while you were arguing with a partner and the relationship ended. A song that was playing when you got fired. This can trigger emotion even when you don't remember having experienced it before, because those memories can still be lurking about even when you can't consciously recall them.
March 16th, 2016 7:39am
Sadness for no reason , one major result of mental disorders like depression , and anxiety , ..where the person gets to feel blue , joyless , and simply sad , with no REAL reason for it .
February 28th, 2016 11:07pm
It's normal to feel sad sometimes for no reason, but take a step back and look at all of the positives in you life.
July 6th, 2015 8:39am
I used to feel this. And now I've found out that what made me sad was loneliness. So my solution was catching things up on the internet or doing something else.
November 23rd, 2015 7:34am
Yes, it is perfectly normal. Feeling sad for no reason happens to everyone, you aren't alone. Trust me. Negative emotions sometimes just strike at any time.
March 9th, 2016 4:49am
We all feel sad for no reason sometimes , is best to just let it out and get it out of the way! I still never truly know why but sometimes we just feel upset . Just relax at that point and watch something that'll make you laugh
May 29th, 2018 7:53pm
There are so many reason you could feel this way. Maybe something happened in the day that made you feel 'off', but you ignored it at the time, but it left a residual sad feeling and now you can't quite remember why..... Maybe there are lots of little things that don't bother you so much individually, but added together make you feel low. Maybe it's a hormonal thing - I spent may years feeling low until I realised that it was the hormone tablets I was taking. It is now well documented that oral contraception can cause depression. Don't push the sadness away. We all feel sad from time to time. Let the emotions be, let your thoughts flow around it and now that you can and will feel happy again!
February 24th, 2016 4:08pm
If I knew the reason, I'd tell you! It may be something to do with the old adage that what you don't know can hurt you. We have a lot of things stashed away in our subconscious and some of it is no doubt troubling. The good news is that there's positive stuff in the closet, too.
February 17th, 2016 10:49am
It's because you usually don't think about how worth you are. You sometimes feel some anxiety. You should be more open, more talk active and be friendly. I do that to..
February 18th, 2015 1:41am
It is normal to feel sad sometimes. However, if you feel that you are feeling sad often for no reason at all, there's a chance you could be suffering from depression, and reaching out to a professional would be a good next step.