5 Things To Remember When You’re Sad At 3 A.M.



1. It’s 3 a.m.

Everyone in the world (okay, maybe not everyone. But a lot of ones, nonetheless) is not that good at being awake and alone at this time of day. When it’s quiet and it’s dark and your thoughts are the only thing holding any of your attention? Yeah, the chances of you being upset are pretty high. But there’s also a good chance that you’ll feel at least a little bit better in 8 hours. So take a deep breath. Do yourself a favour and get some sleep.

2. Being Alive is Actually Kind of the Best Thing.

Forget everything else that happened prior to this very moment and just take a second to rediscover the fact that you’re a living, breathing human being and there’s not much in the world that tops that. Clap your hands together. Run your fingers along the veins in your arms. Place your feet firmly on the floor and curl your toes. Living is all right, and so are you.

3. It’s Okay.

Try not to feel guilty about this. You have no reason apologise, to yourself or to anyone else, for your emotions. It is 10000% acceptable to be in this situation. But if you’re up to it, you should think about what you need to do in order to make sure that this doesn’t happen all the time. If you want to feel better, try.

4. You’re Not Alone.

This is one of the most played-out clichés in the book, I know, but there’s a reason for that: it’s true. Call someone and ask if they can talk. Yes, it’s 3am, but if the people who love you really do, they won’t mind. Ask them about their day. Listening to another person’s voice can do wonders on the “feeling alone” front. Even if they only talk to you for thirty seconds, you may find that those were thirty seconds you really needed.

5. The Existence of Dogs. Or Cats. Or Birds. Just, like, Animals in General.

Whichever animal tickles your fancy has a reason for which your fancy is tickled by it, so just think about that. Think about that hilarious dog .gif you saw yesterday. Or that cat video that made your tear up with all its cuteness. Maybe watch that .gif and that video again (and again, and again.) Better yet, if you have a pet, go get them and let them sleep in your bed for the night. Even though they may not understand why you’re sputtering their name through small cries in the dark while they’re trying to sleep, they’ll let you hug them all night long.