**These are just a few hacks that help me. If you struggle with mental health or bad days like this, please speak to a professional.**
A couple of weeks ago, I had one of the worst mental health days I’d had in a while and spent the day in bed, feeling sorry for myself and not caring about anything. I didn’t want to read; I didn’t want to watch anything; I didn’t want to do anything vaguely creative.
It was frustrating because I couldn’t snap myself out of it. I knew what had caused it: a number of factors all played a part and I reached a tipping point. When you only have two days off a week, however, and you’ve lost one feeling awful, it’s not great. I was determined that I wasn’t going to lose a second day.
It took a lot of effort. The trouble was that I couldn’t be bothered. But with some gritted teeth and continuous pep talks, I forced myself to carry out a few things that gave me a chance of feeling better the next day:
I made myself go and have a shower and get dressed. I didn’t get as far as my usual moisturisers, but being out of my pyjamas helped. I then made myself wash my face properly and did manage to do a face mask.
I admit: it made me feel better. But it meant when I woke up the next day, I didn’t have that horrible greasy feeling you get when you haven’t been looking after yourself. It at least gave me a chance of starting the day right.
In amidst my not-being-bothered, I had done a very good job at barely eating all day. I knew that would make me feel ill the following day.
This took a two-fold approach. The first thing I did was make myself a green smoothie. It meant I had something nutritious that would have some benefit. It also lined my stomach and helped stimulate an appetite.
Lately, I’ve been focusing on healthy eating. But I wasn’t in the mood to be good. I forgot all about that and just let myself eat what I want. Yes, it involved chocolate. But at least that meant I was eating something, which was more than I was managing before!
As I mentioned before, I wasn’t really in the mood to watch anything. But I had spent the day in a daze, my thoughts in a downward spiral. I knew there was no chance of getting a good night sleep like that.
I made myself put something on. I went for a repeat of an old favourite, where I didn’t have to pay attention. But it gradually started to draw me in and at least occupied my mind in some way. I then made a chamomile tea and tried to use the distraction to let go of some of the negative feeling I had been carrying around.
The combination helped me the following day. Sometimes it’s easier to just give up on one day, knowing you won’t get it back, and focus on rescuing the following day.
Do you have a few tricks that give you a fighting chance of turning a day around? Let me know in the comments!