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Sad Captions for Instagram

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Even though it is generally best to stay positive on social media, occasionally you will find yourself posting about a sad situation. Whether you are putting up a selfie or trying to connect with others after a tragedy, the right caption can let people where you are emotionally.

This post not only has several unique captions for Instagram, but you can also read through sad quotes and song lyrics. At the end of the article, you will hopefully be inspired to write a caption that will resonate with your followers.

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Sad Instagram Captions

In recent years, people have become more understanding of how to help when others are sad. Sometimes it is very hard to remain positive, even for Instagram. While you shouldn’t “glorify” the fact that you are sad, showing your followers that you are human too may help them relate to you in a new way.

The following are captions that you can either use for your Instagram post or use as inspiration to pen your own words of sadness (which are likely to be more meaningful to your friends):

Sad Captions for Depression

Before getting to the captions, we would like to remind you that there is always hope. Reach out to a loved one or a therapist for help. If you are feeling suicidal, call the national hotline at 800-873-8255. Now on to the captions:

  1. Even happiness can be sad when seen from a different light.

  2. Reality is always there to remind me that I don’t belong here.

  3. Some people take happiness for granted, while others would love a sliver of hope.

  4. Every evening is another reminder that I’ve survived another day that I have not lived.

  5. Some of us were shackled by our past, but it is up to us to remove them and crawl out to freedom.

  6. I hate depression. Unfortunately, it is obsessed with me.

  7. Depression is the heart crying out for help, yet nobody answers.

  8. I feel submerged in pain and I’m running out of breath.

  9. Unrealistic hope that lingers is a constant reminder of what isn’t possible.

  10. Sometimes staying in pain is less intimidating than reaching out for help.

  11. At this point, nothing said will set me free from my depression.

  12. In order to learn to master the storm, you have to learn how the ship rocks.

  13. Depression is the art of feeling sad when there is nothing going wrong in your life.

  14. The reason you want to sleep when you’re depressed is that you want to leave the nightmare of your life.

  15. I feel like I’m in a straight jacket and I can’t breathe.

Sad Captions for Endings

The ending of a relationship, a school year, or a job can always feel sad. Many people feel the cut deep into their heart even as they try looking toward the future with hope. Here are a few sad captions specifically about endings:

  1. Saying goodbye to someone or something is the first step to forgetting them.

  2. Endings suck, especially when nothing can be done about them.

  3. Pain is a secret ache that everyone feels, but nobody can understand.

  4. The first step after an ending is always cemented in pain.

  5. One man’s love is another man’s loss.

  6. Letting go of missed opportunities and long-imagined fantasies can create a feeling of loss that even I don’t understand.

  7. In the end, love always leads to grief in one way or another.

  8. Together, there is happiness. Apart, only sadness.

  9. Pain is multiplied when the person you shared it with has walked away with your soul.

  10. Why is letting go always so painful?

  11. Fairytales lie. No ending is happy.

  12. Why do people always say, “Tomorrow is a new day,” when it doesn’t guarantee that anything will get better?

  13. In the end, despite my trying to make things better, things only got worse.

  14. The pain of losing a human connection is the greatest heartache on earth.

  15. Why is it that we only realize how much we loved someone only after we lost them?

Sad Captions for Selfies

If you have taken a selfie that looks a little on the sad side, you may want to use a sad caption (or take another selfie when you are happier). Use one of the following for inspiration.

  1. Love is found everywhere in the world, but not within me.

  2. These tears are the cry of my soul reaching out for understanding.

  3. A smile on a person’s face isn’t a guarantee that they feel joy inside.

  4. How am I? Not fine.

  5. Why is it that we can still feel lonely even in a crowd?

  6. If you don’t miss me when I’m gone, then you don’t want me when I’m there.

  7. Welcome to the dungeons of despair.

  8. I want to go home but I don’t have its address.

  9. If it isn’t raining, why am I drenched?

  10. My eyes betray the sadness in my heart.

  11. It takes so much work to be good enough, but when you reach the goal, everyone has already moved on.

  12. I’m afraid to fall in love because I don’t want to feel my heartbreak again.

  13. Why won’t this pain just leave already?

  14. Would someone please hold me while I cry?

  15. I don’t want to try anymore.

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Sad Quotes for Instagram Captions

As sadness is an emotion that is felt by every human from time to time, there has been a lot said about it. Fortunately for you, this means you have well-thought-out quotes that you can use to caption your Instagram story. Here are 25 that you can check out for yourself:

  1. The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. – Jim Rohn

  2. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. – Jonathan Safran Foer

  3. Sadness flies away on the wings of time. – Jean de La Fontaine

  4. Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can ever see and feel. – Tupac Shakur

  5. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. – J.K. Rowling

  6. Life is too short to be angry or sad for long. – Alphonso Davies

  7. It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. – Henry Rollins

  8. The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow – Bob Marley

  9. It’s sad, something coming to an end. It cracks you open, in a way, cracks you open to feeling. – Jennifer Aniston

  10. The wound is the place where the light enters you. – Rumi

  11. There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. – Nicholas Sparks

  12. Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. – Emily Bronte

  13. I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. – Sylvia Plath

  14. Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but it’s there if you look deep. – Taraji P. Henson

  15. Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. – Leonardo da Vinci

  16. Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. – Arthur Schopenhauer

  17. How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us. – Fred Rogers

  18. Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative you can get beyond your pain or negativity. – Yoko Ono

  19. Melancholy is the happiness of being sad. – Victor Hugo

  20. Better by far you should forget and smile than you should remember and be sad. – Christina Rossetti

  21. A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ. – John Steinbeck

  22. Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  23. We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness. – Pierre Corneille

  24. The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. – Carl Jung

  25. We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim. – R.M. Drake

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Sad Song Lyrics for Instagram Captions

It is no secret that music can help intensify emotions. People can often find themselves relating to a song or the lyrics within a song. Using known lyrics as a part of your caption can help people familiar with the song understand what you are feeling. Here are 25 portions of sad lyrics:

  1. I think it’s that girl and I think there’re pieces of me you’ve never seen / Maybe she’s just pieces of me you’ve never seen well. – “Tear In Your Hand” by Tori Amos

  2. In all the good times I find myself / Longing for a change / And in the bad times, I fear myself. – “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

  3. I had all and then most of you / Some and now none of you / Take me back to the night we met. – “The Night We Met” by Lord Huron

  4. People come and go yeah / Feels like you are so untied / And it feels like I keep falling / You are the wrong I can’t get right. – “Dancing with Myself” by The Knocks

  5. Say something, I’m giving up on you / I’ll be the one, if you want me to / Anywhere, I would’ve followed you / Say something, I’m giving up on you. – “Say Something” by A Great Big World

  6. This is my heart bleeding before you / This is me down on my knees, and / These foolish games are tearing me apart / And your thoughtless words are breaking my heart / You’re breaking my heart. – “Foolish Games” by Jewel

  7. I’m sorry to say that the smiles that I give you / One day will be tears in your eyes. – “Stick Around” by Lukas Graham

  8. I know I haven’t been perfect, but give it some time / ‘Cause not a single day goes by where you don’t cross my mind / And we spend our lives looking for things we can’t find, oh / Oh, but not a single day goes by where you don’t cross my mind. – “Cross My Mind, Pt 2” by A R I Z O N A

  9. Send your dreams / Where nobody hides / Give your tears / To the tide. – “Wait” by M83

  10. Never mind, I’ll find someone like you / I wish nothing but the best for you, too / Don’t forget me, I beg / I remember you said / Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead. – “Someone Like You” by Adele

  11. I’ll love you ’til my breathing stops / I’ll love you ’til you call the cops on me – “Writer in the Dark” by Lorde

  12. And look back on all your memories, if we go our separate ways / Don’t forget your life’s a canvas, we might get painted back someday. – “Canvas” by Shane Smith & The Saints

  13. I really feel that I’m losin’ my best friend / I can’t believe this could be the end. – “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

  14. Help me, I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down won’t open my eyes / Keep my glass full until morning light, ’cause I’m just holding on for tonight. – “Chandelier” by Sia

  15. I’ve been addicted to your glow / But shadows been growing deeper / I can’t see that smile I used to know / But you’re still a keeper. – “On My Mind” by Anis Don Demina

  16. Well, everybody hurts sometimes / Everybody cries / And everybody hurts sometimes. – “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.

  17. Will I ever love the same way again? / Will I ever love somebody like the way I did you? / Never thought you’d be so damn hard to replace / (later) If I can’t have you, is love completely off the table? – “Off the Table” by Ariana Grande

  18. You seem to replace / Your brain with your heart / You take things so hard / And then you fall apart / You try to explain / But before you can start / Those cry baby tears / Come out of the dark. – “Cry Baby” by Melanie Martinez

  19. With no lovin’ in our souls / And no money in our coats / You can’t say we’re satisfied. – “Angie” by Rolling Stones

  20. I talk to shooting stars / But they always get it wrong / I feel stupid when I pray / So, why am I praying anyway? / If nobody’s listening. – “Anyone” by Demi Lovato

  21. In another life, I would make you stay / So I don’t have to say you were the one that got away. – “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry

  22. When you cried, I’d wipe away all of your tears / When you’d scream, I’d fight away all of your fears / And I held your hand through all of these years / But you still have all of me. – “My Immortal” by Evanescence

  23. I don’t want to start / Any blasphemous rumors / But I think that God’s / Got a sick sense of humor / And when I die / I expect to find Him laughing. – “Blasphemous Rumors” by Depeche Mode

  24. I don’t know why I cry / But I think it’s ’cause I remembered for the first time / Since I hated you / That I used to love you. – “Used To Love You” by Gwen Stefani

  25. All these voices in my head get loud / I wish that I could shut them out. – “Let Your Down” by NF

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How to Come Up With Sad Captions for Instagram

While you can definitely use someone else’s words when posting on Instagram, it is always more meaningful when you use your own. If you find yourself with writer’s block, here are few things you can do to help the words flow so that you can come up with a unique caption:

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    Speak From The Heart

    If you are feeling sad when making the post, try to speak directly from the heart. While your first draft may be a bit too raw to post, focus on getting your emotions on a page. After that, take a short break, then revisit what you have written, editing it to something that would be appropriate for Instagram and perfect for your post.

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    Listen to Sad Music

    Sometimes listening to sad music can help you feel melancholy, which may inspire the words of sadness you need for your caption. Don’t just listen to music with lyrics, seek out instrumental songs that can still move your soul, but won’t distract you with someone else’s words.

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    Check Out What Others Have Said

    Look through quotes about sadness. Or search for sad posts on Instagram using one of the hashtags listed below. Check out the secrets on postsecret.com. Try to find a connection with others who have spoken about sadness, then continue the conversation.

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    Try to Write Poetry

    I know what you’re thinking… you’re here to learn how to write a caption and poetry seems to be a step above that. The good news is that everything can be improved with practice. Start with writing haikus and work from there. Eventually, it will become a lot easier to write the captions you need.

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Sad Hashtags for Instagram Captions

If you want your post to get some extra attention, you may want to add a few hashtags after your caption. Fortunately, there are several sad hashtags from which you can choose. The following are 10 popular tags to use when posting sad content:

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Sadness will come and go. Keeping it real with everyone is a good way to feel connected with people and to get some comfort when things are rough. When you are feeling better, however, don’t forget to add some positivity by posting happy captions for Instagram.