On thecurvaceousvegan.com I have documented quite a lot all about mental health and where I am at currently with my mental health, but I think it is important for people to be able to have a list of things that they could do on days when they are having a bad mental health day.
So what do I mean when I say a bad mental health day? I know when it comes to my mental health, I end up overthinking the things, I become very distant, tired, withdrawn, I feel like I’m not good enough for anyone, I wouldn’t have slept very well and my anxiety will kick in.
On those bad days however, I have some wonderful people around me who are my reason for battling through those bad days and working towards those days where I want to be able to smile more than my cheeks understand possible.
During those bad days however, here are some of the things that I work hard to do, in the hope that it will help me to know how to deal with bad days in the future but hopefully cut down on the bad days that I have in the future.
So what do I do?
1. Pamper Yourself
This might sound like something you don’t usually do, however, putting a face mask on, or painting your nails, have a nice hot shower with your favourite shower gel, or you have a hot bath with some lush products. That is something that helps me to relax, take some time out and not have an opportunity to overthink things!
2. Find A Creative Outlet
When you’re having a bad day, getting these feelings out can really help. When I first got diagnosed with depression I started using a creative outlet, things like writing, drawing, sewing, anything that I could do to express my feelings from the inside.
Words cannot describe how much working out helped me on my journey. When I was having bad days I do try my best to workout, it’s like my time out to focus on something, to achieve something wonderful and once I have finished I feel incredible!
4. Listen To Your Favourite Song & Sing
I love music, I love listening to my music, I have my own extra special playlist ready for when I have bad days, it has all my favourite songs on it that I can dance and sing along to. It has to be fast and upbeat songs, because if it is anything too slow then I start to overthink again and no one wants that!
5. Watch A Cute/Funny YouTube Video
When I am down I usually watch something that will make me smile, usually it comes in the form of cute cats, but it is definitely something that makes me smile and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
6. Get lots of cuddles
Cuddles are my favourite things in the world, I love giving hugs and receiving them, and Paul gives me some of the best ones ever, but never forget the power of an amazing cuddle from someone you love!
Chocolate is something that I turn to, even if it is just a little bit, I usually have a few squares of chocolate and it is one of those things that instantly makes me feel so much better!
8. Read A Good Book
You can’t beat a good book, it is absolutely wonderful when you get immersed into the characters of a good book but also you can focus on something that isn’t reality for a while and just relax. That is one of the most wonderful things about a good book, or even go back and reread an old classic!
9. Watch Your Favourite Movie
My favourite movie has to be Disney Beauty and the Beast, I watched it over and over again, I still know every word to the movie, so on a bad day, dig out one of your faves, put it in the DVD player, curl up in your duvets, have a cuppa and watch your movie!
10. Plan Something
When I am having a horrid mental health day, I try my best to plan something, even if it is just dinner, that way it gives me something to look forward to and something to focus on. It gives me that outlet where I can forget all of the negativity and focus on the positives!
What is something that helps you during bad mental health days?