When it comes to dealing with mental health, it’s inevitable that there’ll be the good days as well as the bad ones. It’s quite a personal thing and everyone deals with things differently, but after a stressful few years (which has involved being a carer for a loved one), I’ve learnt many ways that help me the most and have my go-tos when it comes to needing a self-care day. I think it’s so important to take time out and do nothing (even if you want to just hide under the duvet and cry forever – I’ve been there!) so here are a few of my favourite things to do if I’m looking for a break!
- Switching off the internet/hiding my phone away: For me, if there’s one thing that’s really triggering for me when I’m feeling down, it’s certainly social media. Whilst we all know everyone posts their highlights reel on their social media channels, when you’re down in the dumps it can be all too easy to find yourself comparing your own situation to others – which is super damaging and unhelpful when it comes to our mental health! So I’ll often take a day or so off from the online world and I always feel super refreshed afterwards.
- Puzzles: A slightly different one, but for me, I love doing wordsearch puzzles. They’re simple, so don’t require much thought, and really help distract my mind from resorting straight to the negatives which it has a tendency too.
- Having a pamper session: It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I love treating myself to a good ol’ pamper on the blue days. I’m talking bubble baths (with epsom salts if I want to go all out), hair masks, nail painting and all of the my more expensive skincare. When you’re mental health is bad, it can really easy to neglect yourself, so I find establishing a good skincare routine and making sure I keep my hair/nails in a tip-top condition really helps boost my mood. There’s a well known saying that says put on your best lipstick and face whatever the day has to bring and I really couldn’t agree more – when you feel confident in how you look, it can make all of the difference.
- Getting creative: It’s only really recently I’ve found real comfort in this, as lets be honest, sometimes the thing you want to do least is pick up a pen (c’mon, effort), but being creative can be very therapeutic. My brother very kindly bought me a colouring book for Christmas that I’ve found to be a great outlet, but I also love to write, doodle and take photographs too. I’m always looking for new hobbies to pick up, and now that I’ve caught the art bug, next on my list is calligraphy and knitting.
- Reading a book: I often find it tricky to concentrate when I’m feeling really anxious, but when I’m feeling a little more ‘together’ then reading a good book is always one of my favourite go-tos. I decide to go for an easy fiction read, but if I’m feeling quite stuck I’ll read a book on something I love, such as blogging or photography which without a doubt, always leaves me feeling more upbeat and motivated to give things a go.
- Binge-watching my favourite tv show: I recently started buying boxset DVDs of all my favourite TV shows, so I don’t have to watch anything on my laptop (Netflix, I’m looking at you) and get sucked into checking my social media channels. For me, I always always always find myself watching The US Office. I could probably recite each episode one by one, but there’s something about it that never fails to cheer me up!
What are your favourite things to do when you’re having a bad mental health day?
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