We can all have those days where life just seems to get the better of us, even if we are the happiest we’ve ever been it can still happen. Just like how a writer can get writer’s block, it can happen to anyone. And since Mental Awareness Month is coming to a close, I thought this would be a good topic of discussion.
So this post is just here as a little self help guide to help you rewind and look after yourself when you are not feeling 100% yourself.
1. Herbal Teas
One thing I instantly head for is some tea, usually peppermint. There are so many tea varieties and brands out there now that it gives you an opportunity to have fun and test them out. Also make sure you have a novelty mug at hand to add more cheer, for me it’s my Chip mug I got at Disney World.
2. A Relaxing Bath
You can never go wrong with a nice hot bubble bath, with all your favourite products thrown in for good measure. Try and introduce more baths into your life preferably in the evening as it gives you a chance to rewind and relax before bed time.
I left this generalised because there is various ways you could do this. It could be as easy and simple as writing your thoughts down in a notebook/journal. But if you are feeling a bit more adventurous then maybe you could start a blog or write a novel. I personally enjoy escaping reality with writing so I started a blog (obviously) and have 3 novels on the go. But if writing isn’t your thing then reading books can have the same effect.
4. Going for a Walk
This is always something I try and do every time I’m going through a hard time. I have a favourite route in my local country park that is very scenic but also feels like I’m getting lost in the woods. And if that doesn’t suit me I opt for a walk around the city and explore. Choose somewhere that has a lot of views or can inspire you, remember its to help refresh your mind so you don’t want to be bored.
5. Treat Yourself
Sometimes part of the reason we can feel down is because we are not looking after ourselves or bringing some enjoyment into your life. So don’t be scared to treat yourself now and again. Buy yourself a new lipstick or go out to your local coffee shop and have a nice slice of cake.
One of my problems is, during low points I tend to not socialise as much. Sometimes its not my fault but once I’ve pushed myself to see friends I tend to feel more at ease. So if you find this is a familiar problem then encourage yourself to do something about it, even if its a case of going for a few drink after work with colleagues.
I hope some of these tips help you come up with ideas on how you can help your mood through bad days. This list is obviously not everything that can help but it’s what has helped me.