There are some days when you wake up in the morning and just know it's going to be a bad one. All you want to do is curl up under the covers and not speak to a single person, or show your face for the rest of the day. Whether every day is like this for you, or they suddenly appear out of nowhere, it's not uncommon to experience a low mental health day. Depression and anxiety affect approximately 18% of people in the US alone. For me, my low days will sneak up out of nowhere, and they can be completely crippling. I (with the help of my followers on Twitter), have compiled a list of sixty things you can do to help yourself on days when you just feel like giving up. I hope you find it helpful!

1. Drink tea (caffeine free or chamomile are especially good for helping with anxiety).

2.Make a playlist of your favourite songs and stick it on repeat. Or head over to 8tracks and listen to a pre made playlist correlating to your mood!

3. Find the worst movie you possibly can on Netflix. The cheesier the better.

4. Alternatively, watch a film from your childhood. Nostalgia is a great pick me up.

5. Get active. Go for a walk or a run, take in your surroundings and get some fresh air.

6. Spend some time away from social media, your laptop and your phone.

7. Be social. Sometimes it's the last thing you'll want to do, but talking things out really helps.

8. If you live near a beach, get yourself down there for a few hours. Being near a large body of water can be calming.

9. Watch a TED talk. Here's a little list of the 20 most inspiring ones.

11. Tidy your room. My head always feels clearer when my space is.

12. Write your feelings out. Getting things out of your head and onto paper can be a great release.

13. Practice controlled breathing. Breathing deeply can help to soothe feelings of anger.

14. Try to put your thoughts into perspective. Look at the big picture.

15. Remember that your thoughts and feelings are valid, and so are you.

16. Continue to remind yourself that people care much less about what you do, and what you post on social media, than you think they do. Don't let worries of what other people will think stop you from being yourself.

17. There are a million alternatives to self harm: punch a cushion,

18. kick a football hard against a wall.

19. squeeze ice cubes in your hands. You'll feel something, but the pain is much more temporary.

20. Snap a rubber band or hairband against your wrist. Again, the pain is temporary.

22. Have a clear out. Decluttering is therapeutic. It'll make your head feel less full.

23. Treat your belly. Pizza, chocolate and ice cream are a great place to start!

24. Get yourself out of the house. Go to a coffee shop and people watch. Try to pick up on peoples habits, the way they talk and act. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little worlds, its good to remind yourself that we're all human.

25. Practise mindfulness. Head over to Be Mindful for help with this.

26. Treat yourself to a Lush bath bomb and soak in it. You'll smell amazing, and there's something about colourful bath water which is so very satisfying.

27. Play a video game. Depending on your mood, a scary game could help relieve tension, or an immersive RPG can act as a temporary distraction.

28. Read your favorite book, or pick up something new. Reading can help you to temporarily disassociate from your surroundings.

29.Pick up the phone and call someone. Your mum, your best friend, an old friend who you don't see much of. Ask them about their day.

30. Sing and dance to any songs that give you nostalgia. Old school Rihanna always does it for me.

31. Learn the rap part of your fave song word for word. Macklemore, Nicki, Eminem. Take your pick.

33. Go to your favourite restaurant for dinner and wear something that makes you feel good.

34. Pay compliments to five people. Making other people smile can instantly lift your own mood.

35. Make a pinterest board of things that make you feel happy.

36. Hug someone you love.

37. Play around with makeup. Experiment with different looks.

38. Take photos. If you've got a polaroid camera, whip it out and try to take some interesting shots.

39. Ask an elderly relative about their life before you were born. It's healthy to listen.

40. Get in the car and drive. Take a friend with you or go on your own. Don't pick a destination, just see where you end up. Once you're there: explore.

41. Make some plans for the near future - give yourself something to look forward to. Plan a trip, a holiday with friends, even a cinema date for the weekend. having something ahead of you to look forward to is great for getting you through the week.

42. Do a spot of retail therapy. Don't go overboard. Buy that one thing you've had your eye on for a while.

43. Make a list of things that make you happy, things that excite you, things you hope to achieve. Put your thoughts on paper.

44. If you have nobody to talk to, SANE and MHM offer online support chat rooms.

46. Stretch or practise Yoga if you're looking for something calming.

47. Watch something funny. Whether it's The Simpsons, The Office or Bridesmaids. Laughter is uplifting.

48. Try volunteering, or getting involved with a club or society. Broadening your circles and helping other people is great for increasing happiness.

49. Look through old photo albums. Once again, nostalgia will always try its best to put a smile on your face.

50. Head to a museum and soak it all in. I always find them to be really calming environments.

51. Get creative! Draw, paint, experiment. Get messy.

52. Write a letter to your future self.

53. Focus on where there is tension in your body and try to relax it. Keep reminding yourself of this.

55. Take a nap.

56. Tell someone everything you're feeling.

57. Tell someone you love them.

58. Remind yourself that this is temporary.

59. Tell yourself that you're not alone.

60. Believe that things will get better.

If you've made it this far, I hope you found something helpful within the list! If you're looking for more, Kitty has made a great self care plan which is 100% worth your time.

1 comment :

  1. Really beautiful post, I think I’m going to bookmark this one and refer back to it as there are so many positive ideas. When I’m down I like to clean/organise so I’m glad you have included tidying your room. I think there’s just something about it that’s really therapeutic. I’m a sucker for herbal tea too, I’ve been enjoying some varieties by Pukka lately. So glad I found your blog, its lovely!! :-) xx

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