When I was a kid, I was the camper who cried for three hours straight when camp ended. Now, I’m the adult that is always super sad when a fun event, conference, or trip is over. As silly as it seems, post event sadness is definitely a thing. Yet, even though the awesome thing you were excited for is over, there are ways to get through this feeling.

HERE’S HOW TO GET OVER POST-EVENT SADNESS

DISTRACT

Honestly, one of the best ways to get over post-event sadness is to distract yourself. Have a movie night, go out with friends, read a book. Do something that will get your mind away from the excitement and awesome things that have come to an end and onto something you also enjoy.

KNOW THAT YOU’RE NOT WEIRD

I think one of the best ways to get over post-event sadness is to embrace it. Realizing that other people are sad about the end of an event like you are and that you’re not weird or alone in it, you can own the sadness and then move past it.

CONNECT

Connecting with others is great at pulling yourself out of your sad brain and focusing on something different. Call someone you met at the event that you already miss (or text that cute guy you met); hang out with your family; go get coffee with a friend. Talking things out or simply being around people can keep you from regressing into a pretty sad place.

PC: Coffee Date with Kate

PLAN

Now that the event is over, what are you going to do next? Take some information you’ve learned and plan how you’ll apply it. Set new goals. Find a new event you want to go to and put the date in your calendar. Planning helps us look ahead instead of sadly at what has passed already.

KNOW THAT THERE’S MORE EXCITEMENT IN THE FUTURE

One of the reasons we get so sad at endings is that we forget that what lies ahead is just as exciting as what’s behind us. Remember that there is more fun and excitement and enjoyable events and trips in the future! You’re not finished, and even if the event is not a repetitive one that you’ll be able to enjoy the next year as well, there are still awesome things in front of you.

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