Are you prone to feeling sad for no reason? In reality, there is always a reason, it’s just could be less obvious.
It’s perfectly natural to feel sad when something bad happens in your life. It’s completely human to feel blue when life gets hard. And it doesn’t mean you are weak or have given up. All it means is that you are sensitive enough to react to a negative situation. But what happens when everything is fine, yet, you are feeling sad for no reason?
Probably the most obvious explanation would be a mental illness like depression, SAD or anxiety. Some other health-related causes include vitamin and mineral deficiencies, lack of physical activity and poor nutrition. In essence, we are biochemical machines, so our lifestyle choices have a huge effect on our moods. This is because our emotions are basically different combinations of the same hormones and neurotransmitters.
However, today, we are not going to focus on these widely known causes of sadness. Let’s try to delve into the deeper roots of feeling sad for no reason.
Below are some unexpected causes of unsubstantial sadness you might have never considered.
1. You might be going through an existential crisis
An existential crisis makes you reconsider your whole life even when everything seems to be going smoothly. You start to ask yourself questions like, Does my life have a meaning? Why am I here? Am I walking the right path in life?
An existential crisis can be a painful experience which brings feelings of despair, disappointment and emptiness. And of course, it can leave you feeling sad for no reason. It’s as if everything in your life suddenly ceases to make any sense and things fall apart.
However, an existential crisis often happens for your own good and eventually helps you find your purpose in life.
When you are feeling sad for no reason, carefully watch your thought process. Are you asking yourself questions about your place in this world and the meaning of your existence? If so, your sadness is probably a symptom of an existential crisis.
2. This could be a mid-life (or a quarter-life) crisis
A mid-life or a quarter-life crisis is similar to an existential one, but it makes you ponder over more concrete issues.
For example, if you are in your 20s, your crisis may have to do with your transition to adulthood. The carefree days of adolescence remained in the past, and you now have to face an adult life with its routines and duties.
You may also have noticed that your own perception of the world has become different. You no longer feel enthusiastic about things or have the energy to go out, meet new people and take up activities. This can leave you feeling sad for no reason because on the subconscious level, you realize that life will never be as full and exciting as before.
The same goes for other ages: in your 30s, you may struggle with finding the right career path. Having an unfulfilling, meaningless job you hate is enough to fuel a crisis. Similarly, you could still be single while desperately wanting to start a family.
Possible reasons for experiencing a life crisis at any age are countless, but they all have one common root. And it is a lack of fulfillment and satisfaction. Maybe you have given up on your dreams or are pursuing the wrong things. All this makes you feel like your life is moving in the wrong direction.
So to resolve this crisis, you need to find out what it is that makes you feel unfulfilled, unaccomplished and dissatisfied.
3. You are secretly lonely
Feeling sad for no reason could also stem from loneliness and a lack of understanding. Being understood is often more important than being loved. When someone truly understands you, you are connected on a deeper level. It’s not only an emotional connection but also an intellectual and a spiritual one.
But could you be secretly lonely without even knowing it? Here, I’m using the word ‘secretly’ because you don’t have to be alone in order to feel the pain of loneliness. You may have a special someone, family and friends, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t still feel lonely.
In fact, the deepest and most painful loneliness is when you feel alone and misunderstood in the company of other people. You could hang out with the wrong people or be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t share your values and goals in life.
Even if you are unaware of the fact that you are surrounded by the wrong people, deep inside, you know it. Hence, the feelings of unexplained sadness. It’s how your Higher Self is trying to communicate with you and direct you to the right people. And opening your eyes to uncomfortable truths is always a painful process.