Bad days… we all have ‘em.
For someone with mental illness, however, these bad days tend to be not few and far between. In the UK, 1 in 4 people each year will experience mental health issues. I, myself, am pretty open about my battle with anxiety and I know plenty of people around me who have dealt with or are currently dealing with mental health issues.
For something so common, it is so necessary to teach the importance of basic self-care, something I am a BIG advocate for. Mental health is as important as physical health, even perhaps sometimes more so.
Here are a few ideas to try and help you turn your bad day into a not-so-bad one…
- Accept that it’s a bad day, and take it easy on yourself. – It can be really difficult to accept a bad day when you’re having one, especially if you need to be productive. You may question why you feel like you cannot function properly, and beat yourself up about it. Acceptance really does work wonders. Mental health issues tend to ebb and flow, let yourself drift in the current a while, and take baby steps to improve your mindset.
- Drink lots of water. – Keep yourself hydrated.
- Basic cleanliness. – Get out of your pyjamas, have a shower, and put fresh clothes or fresh pyjamas on. Brush your teeth. Brush your hair. Moisturise. That kind of thing. Be gentle with yourself, and take your time.
- Have a bath. – Linking on from the last one, baths are a great de-stressor. I tend to stock up on bath bombs or essential oils from lush to throw in. Lavender scents are especially good for calming you down if you perhaps have trouble sleeping.
- Go for a walk – Leaving the house tends to be the last thing I want to do, but going for a walk can be a good thing to clear your mind. Listen to the world around and you and breathe deeply. Ground yourself.
Something which I think encapsulates all of these tips is something called ‘Mindfulness’, which is a technique I learned in therapy. It is all to do with grounding yourself in the present moment, and not letting your thoughts run away with you. A good website I’d suggest is franticworld.com, which has some free meditations which you should practice daily.
I hope this helps,
Image: Kav Rodrigo