For when you have a bad mental health day: what’s a bad mental health day? It’s when life hits you all at once and you seem to no longer know what to do.
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed medical professional or therapist. These are merely things that help myself when I am feeling low. If you feel you are in harms way seek medical help immediately.
I’ve been struggling with my mental health for as long as I can remember… from anxiety to depressive episodes, being able to get your mental health under control can be a struggle and exhausting. Dealing with mental health issues can be hard, and at the end of the day, I want others like myself to get past those icky feelings and move on to the bigger and better things that lie ahead. Below are some of the things that help me with my bad mental health days, and I hope they help you too.
Find a way to ground yourself
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, panicked? FInd a way to ground yourself immediately. Whether that’s sitting down and holding something, putting your feet in the dirt outside, or touching something, finding something that you can have control over immediately is the first thing I recommend for those feeling extremely stressed or anxious. For me, I like to leave whatever I’m doing, get a drink of water and go somewhere quiet that I can rekindle myself before making my next step.
Take a personal day
There is no shame in taking a personal day especially if you catch yourself having a bad mental health day at work. I know when I find myself slacking I take the day off to recoup. Usually, I will take a hot bath, put on my favorite PJs, curl up in my blanket and take a nap. I also like to take my mind off things by putting on my favorite TV show, or reading my favorite book. This helps me distract myself from my thoughts and keep my mind focused on other things.
Let other’s know if you are struggling and need some uplifting. I know I like to call my nana and my mom to let them know I need a little extra help that day. Don’t be left alone in the dark, let other’s know so they can help you and get you back to your full potential.
Take it slow
I know I’m guilty of trying to move to fast when I’m feeling low, I instantly want to “be better”. The reality is though, when you are experiencing a bad mental heath day it’s okay to take things slow and move at your pace. Taking life too fast can throw you back into a rut and can cause further delays in your mental health recoup, so take things slow and move at your own pace.
Do things to take care of yourself, does exercise help you? Go for a workout. Does nature help you? Get outside for a bit. Don’t be afraid to take some extra self-care on the days you are feeling low. Self-care is so important especially for your mental health. Take time to unplug and unwind as well, our need to constantly stay connected can be draining for our health, if possible unplug while you are doing your self-care routine. Making gratitude lists are also a great way to do self care as well, click here to see my favorite topics to write down.
I hope these tips can help those those who experience the same mental health struggles as myself. While I am no therapist or medical professional, I would definitely recommend seeing both if your mental health continues to stay low. Your safety is the most important and if you feel you are in harms way seek medical help immediately.
Also know you are loved and needed, and it’s okay to have bad day.
Take care of yourself and happy writing xx