How I Cope On Bad Mental Health Days


I've been fairly open with my mental health on this blog and as I live and learn about anxiety and mental health I really do enjoy sharing my experiences and tips with you guys so that I can help you when you're having a particularly bad day or if you just need a little reminder that you're not alone! I've written a post in the past featuring general tips on how to deal with anxiety, however I want to share a few of the things I like to do when I'm having a particularly bad mental health day, since I've had a fair share of these days recently - but on the plus side, they have really taught me my own personal ways of dealing with my anxiety. I also think it's so important to have a few ideas of what to do with yourself on these days, because I know that sobbing in bed alone can seem super tempting but there are so many more things you can do to cheer yourself up and block out the negative thoughts! 

PLAN SOMETHING EXCITING // Whenever I'm in a particularly bad or anxious mood I like to plan something exciting for the future - it can be big, like at the moment me and my boyfriend are thinking of planning a mini break for our anniversary or it can even be something small like a meal out in the week or a walk. Having this plan gives me something to look forward to and helps me forget about my current worries and stresses, it also helps me to remember that just because I'm having this one bad day it doesn't mean that I'll feel this way every single day of my life (I definitely feel this way on bad days!) since I have these amazing things to look forward to where I won't feel anxious or stressed! This is particularly useful if I'm feeling stressed or anxious because my to-do list is super super long, because then I can focus on this amazing plan that is upcoming and I can remember that sometimes I have to complete all these stressful things, but it's always for a reason! 

GET CREATIVE // Since I've started blogging it really has become one of my favourite creative outlets. Whenever I'm in a bad mood or feeling anxious I really do like to set up my laptop, get comfy and just write blog posts - in fact a lot of my bad days tend to turn into my most productive days for writing blog posts! Not only does it take my mind off the anxious thoughts but when I finish writing a post I get a real sense of pride and accomplishment and I get to look forward to posting it soon! If you don't blog there are plenty of other ways to get creative and take your mind off the bad thoughts such as; adult colouring books or  even things like sewing and knitting! One of my other top favourite things to do to keep my mind occupied is baking and I definitely recomend making something super chocolatey and indulgent - that way you get to feast on it afterwards, I mean you did bake it after all! If you would like some ideas for what to bake you can click here to be directed to my baking tag, trust me when I say there are plenty of indulgent recipes over there, haha! 

A GOOD OLD PAMPER SESSION // There's nothing better on an anxious day than getting in a hot bath and soaking away your worries - it is the ultimate relaxation method for me and definitely does a good job at cheering me up and putting me in a generally happier mood! Even if you aren't the bath type and would prefer a nice hot shower this can do just the trick too and there are so many other ways that you can pamper yourself and have a proper spa style pamper session - you can click here for some of my favourite pamper session tips that I love using on anxious days when I need a little me time! Get that relaxing music playing and trust me, you'll be feeling better in no time!
  
TREAT YOURSELF // It's so important to have a little treat on a bad day as this can be just what you need to cheer up and get back on track! Whether it be in the form of a shopping spree, new makeup bits or even just a few squares of chocolate having a quick treat has definitely helped me to calm my negative thoughts in the past. Chocolate is definitely something that I seem to turn to a lot on these days and it definitely does help by giving me an instant mood lift that makes me feel 10x better!

MUSIC // Music is definitely something that is a big part of my bad days! I have so many playlists that I turn to on days where I feel anxious or generally negative and I must admit my taste really does change depending on the day! Some days all I want to do is stick on a cheesy pop playlist or some 90's - 00's throwbacks classics and have a sing along and a boogie and it definitely does just the trick when it comes to putting my in a more chirpy mood and also making me forget about all the stresses and anxious thoughts! On other days I prefer to throw myself a bit of a pity party and just sit and listen to some sad songs and have a good cry - both methods definitely work for me and in the end its so nice just to take a deep breath and feel much better! 

CUDDLES ARE KEY! // I don't know where I would be without my boyfriend, especially on these bad days - he's always there just to give me a hug and remind me that everything is going to be okay! It's so important to have someone you can turn to on these bad days just for a nice cuddle and a chat. Having a little talk with a friend or a partner on these days can really help you to get your life back into gear and under control, since I know how blurry your mind can feel when you're having a bad mental health day - it's nice to have someone there to bring it all back to reality and give you some helpful tips on how to overcome your stresses or struggles. 

HAVE A LAUGH! //Having a laugh or watching something funny can be just what you need to get out of your slump on a bad day! I always find that watching a funny YouTube video or watching a funny film not only puts me in a better mood but also keeps me distracted from my anxious and negative thoughts. Some of my favourite go-to films on these days are Bridesmaids and Bridget Jones' Diary since both of them are so uplifting and are the perfect boost to any mood.. they both will also never EVER get old, I could genuinely watch them every day and never get bored of them, haha! 

13 comments :

  1. If I am having a bad day, I actually let myself. Sounds silly but I allow myself a day to be upset, then I pick myself up and move on, no dwelling allowed :) I have found it helps a lot especially if I am stressing over something. To say its ok to be upset over it - I have a right to the feelings I am having :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. I definitely do this too sometimes! Just having a day to mope and/or cry is sometimes exactly what you need! Then the next day you can pick yourself up and move on :) x

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  2. These are great tips! When I have a bad mental health day I like listening to happy music, taking my mind of things and being productive. Like you said either by blogging or going outdoors with my camera etc. I find working can also help reduce my stress especially if this is what I am getting anxious about xx

    Thrifty vintage fashion

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    1. Couldn't agree more! I definitely do all of those things too - anything to take my mind off the negative thoughts! x

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  3. This is such good advice! Especially something simple like laughing, it always helps :) I will definitely take all of this into account xx

    http://www.grab-your-camera.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm so glad you found the tips helpful! :) x

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  4. I loved reading this and I love that quote at the top, something I definitely need to remember when I'm having a bad day! :) xxx

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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    1. Me too to be honest! It's something we can easily forget when we're in a bit of a mood! x

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  5. I really need to start remembering to do these things more often! I've cut back massively on my self care routine recently and I've really noticed a difference. Taking more 'me' time is going to be at the top of my June goals for sure.

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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    1. 100%! Me time is super important! :) x

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  6. I've been needing advice like this recently. Being creative is something that really helps me too, but sometimes I might be putting too much pressure on myself when it comes to blogging - it's meant to be my creative outlet too. x

    - Anne @ Annesmiles

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    1. Deffinitely - I feel like it can be quite difficult for blogging to be completely your creative, fun hobby and often it can become something that can really stress you out.. I guess you just have to take away some of that pressure like you said :) x

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  7. Roberta occasionally has setbacks, as most people suffering from depression or anxiety do. But, her mental health has never been stronger as she continues to apply The Fun Factor to her life.guarantor

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