What do you do on a bad mental health day? Those days when even just getting out of bed feels like the world’s biggest task. Sometimes it can be caused by stress or depression. Other times maybe everything just feels overwhelming.
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10 Self care ideas for a bad mental health day
Here are 10 self care ideas for bad mental health days to try and help get you through. So you are better able to relax, rest and fight the next day.
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Wash your face
If it’s a day where you just don’t have the energy I suggest using a makeup wipe. (Random tip: buy makeup wipes on sale (store brand work just fine) and keep them in your bathroom or by your bed. This way you have them ready to go when you need them).
“>Dermalogica has some really fantastic skin care products. (They are one of my favorite high end skincare lines). There products are extremely concentrated so a little goes a long ways.
Wash your hair
If this isn’t possible do NOT beat yourself up. (Personal story: I have gone 3 weeks without showering or washing my hair). Sometimes it’s just not possible for you and that’s okay, you can try again the day after.
If you have dry shampoo on hand that is a great option if fully washing your hair can’t be done. If you don’t have dry shampoo put a bit of baby powder in your hair around your scalp. “Rub” it in. This will help absorb access oils. If you have dark hair like me it may take more vigorous rubbing to not “look like you’re playing ghost”
Put on clean clothes
You don’t want to be in dirty clothes. It never feels nice, even if you just whip on a clean nightgown or a pair of sweats and a tshirt. (Reminder: If you can do nothing else, change your underwear. The last thing you want to have is a infection to worry about).
A suggestion for helping your future self, when you are feeling up to it organize your closet according to what helps you most. For example: work clothes, date night outfits, outfits you can whip on during a bad mental health day ect.
Brush your teeth
It will sound really gross to some but this is one I struggle with. I don’t enjoy the sensation of the brush on teeth. It’s something I’m working on . To better assist myself with daily brushing I buy a little Batman electric toothbrush. Yes, it is for children, but that’s okay. Do whatever works for you.
Eat something healthy
Maybe you make a smoothie, or drink a V8. Or maybe you make eggs and toast. Something small is better than nothing at all. Fruit is a fast and easy go-to option when you just don’t give a crap.
When you are feeling well a good idea is to prep some of your favorite foods and have them in containers in your fridge. This way you can just grab and eat.
Get some fresh air
Even if it just means you stand or sit by an open window. Sunshine is best, vitamin D will help you feel happier. (A library by me has lights that mimic the sun. If the outside isn’t your cup of tea, check into that option).
If you can, go for a walk. Even a short one counts. Walking can help clear your head, relax you, and increase blood flow.
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Try yoga or meditation
No this is not hippie advice, it can actually help center you. Doing something that focuses on your breathing can help calm you, plus stretching is really good for your muscles and helps relax your body and relieve stress.
Work on being self aware. What are your triggers? Did you talk or text someone today? Did you hydrate? (Water, herbal tea, Gatorade). If you have the urge to eat an entire bag of cookies, consider why that is. Do you actually want all those cookies?
I’m sure eating an entire bag sounds great in theory but you want to try and avoid behaviors that will make you feel worse. Ie: you will probably end up with a pretty sore stomach from all those cookies.
Write or color
Journaling can help get thoughts and feelings out. Write down anything that comes to mind, nothing is too small. Adult coloring books are also very popular with some. I’ve been told they are great for distraction and relaxation. (Honestly I don’t see it, but that’s just me. They drive me nuts, haha).
I have recently started doing a “brain dump” daily are 9pm. This helps clear my head of all the thoughts that had gotten themselves intertwined with other thoughts. It has made sleeping easier as well, which is always a good thing!
Take your medication
If you are on daily medications do not skip them. That could make things worse and you don’t need that. Do your best to take your medication as prescribed and on time. You don’t need repercussions of missing your medication or by not taking them as prescribed.
What helps you?
What are some things you do or can do that help you during a bad mental health day? Let me know down in the comments below.
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Till next time,