Recently, like many others, I haven’t been feeling quite myself and have decided to make making time for myself a priority. As someone who has continuously suffered from their mental health, I am used to the ups and downs it brings (or at least as used to it as you can be). I now know that although I do have lows I can bring myself back up even if it takes some time. Of course, I know that it isn’t always that easy but today I thought I would share some of the ways I like to pick myself back up and look after myself when I am feeling a little bit low.
I just want to say that I am no professional and if you are struggling with mental health I would recommend reaching out to someone you trust like a family member or friend. It is also a great idea to talk to your GP or contact a helpline (some of which can be found at the bottom of this post).
A lovely idea I came across a few years back is what someone called “mental health days”. These are the days you set aside specifically for you to take care of your mental health. The great thing about these days is there are no rules! You just do whatever you can to make yourself feel better. For instance, some of my favourite things to do would be: taking a bath with a Lush bath bomb, making sure that I eat breakfast lunch and dinner, doing a full skincare routine, lighting some candles, watching films or binging on a new series. Essentially do whatever you like to make yourself feel happy though remember not to put too much pressure on yourself to achieve this happiness. It’s also a great day to give yourself the opportunity to do some of those things you haven’t given yourself the time to do without feeling guilty.
Sometimes I sit and accept my dip in my mood by listening to a sad Spotify playlist. My favourite is my ‘rainy days’ playlist (check it out on my Spotify: itsbeingmejess). Having these playlists can be both useful and a hindrance to your mental state. I often allow myself half an hour of listening to these songs before moving onto something that will lift my mood. Music is so so powerful (a lot more powerful than I believe its sometimes given credit for), it’s strange how listening to music can instantly change your mood. The reason I allow myself time to listen to these sad songs is I believe having a moment where you feel less alone is important and a key step of perking yourself up. Listening to music that you find relatable is super helpful in achieving this.
Connecting with those I trust is another thing I believe is extremely important. Talking about what’s bothering you instantly helps you re-evaluate the thought to a better scale. While thoughts are in our heads they seem massive but once out in the open, they instantly seem more bearable. I recently shared something I have been building up in my head for months to the point I was losing sleep and constantly in a low mood. Just opening up made it feel like a huge weight had been taken off my shoulders. Always be sure you trust the person you are opening up with though and that you aren’t putting yourself into any danger.
Even if you think you’re being ‘silly’ I can assure you you’re not. You are worth taking the time to re cooperate and treat yourself. During the current lockdown situation, it is more important than ever to check in with your mental health.
I have also recently been minimising the amount I put on each day. Though I am productive and enjoy being busy at the moment I find myself becoming overwhelmed easily. Find your own balance between work, productivity and your time. Everyone will have their own way of coping during a lockdown you just need to find what works for you as an individual. This means I can still achieve what I need to without overloading my day.
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I do hope that some of the above help in prioritising your mental health and putting in place steps to help reduce the strain on it. Let me and others know what your favorite thing to do during a mental health day is in the comments below! I will make sure to reply to everyone.