Simple Self-Care Tips For Bad Mental Health Days
Sometimes the weight of living gets so heavy that your mind gets overwhelmed and the thought of getting out of bed feels like an impossible task. I tend to feel this way whenever my anxiety spikes and it leaves me in bed all day, wasting hours on my phone, scrolling through social media to distract myself.
In an effort to care more about my mental and physical health, I wanted to share some simple things to do during bad mental health days which will leave you feeling a bit better. These are things that don’t require a lot of energy and can be done at home because I know how the hard days can suck the energy right out of you and small tasks can feel daunting.
Simple Self-Care Tips
Water is so important for a healthy body and mind, and yet we all seem to forget about drinking enough glasses of water in a day. Remember to hydrate with either water or juice, every hour, to prevent headaches from forming. Trust me, you’ll feel much better if you have enough water in your system.
On slow days spent at home, I tend to forget to have full meals which leads to me feeling sluggish and exhausted. In order to gain energy quickly, eat fruits with high levels of sucrose to boost your energy: bananas, oranges, nectarines, peaches, apples, strawberries, mangoes.
3. Take Your Medicine
This is self-explanatory. On days like these, it’s easy to forget to take your medicine, so this is your reminder to care for your mind and body.
4. Clean Your Face
Cleaning your face is an easy way to make yourself feel better without wasting a lot of energy. I usually wash my face, put on a facemask, and read during the process to wind down and relax for a few minutes. But you can just cleanse your face with soap, and boom, you’ll feel refreshed, clean, and a bit brighter.
5. Put Your Hair Up
Putting my hair up improves my mood in ways I cannot explain. I usually do this whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed. Keeping my hair away from my face is a great way to clear my mind.
This exerts the most energy on days where getting out of bed is a trip in itself, but it has the best results. A shower is a great way to restart your mind and body when you’re feeling sluggish, and it will be sure to lift some weight off your shoulders and soothe you down.
Switch Up Your Surroundings
1. Change Your Pillowcase
Many self-care lists tell you that changing your sheets is a great way to improve your mood, but I don’t think people realize how exhausting and annoying it is to actually change the sheets on your bed. Therefore, a great way to make you feel a bit better is to simply change your pillowcase. It’ll feel like you’re sleeping on new sheets without going through the hassle of actually fixing your entire bed.
2. Change Your Outfit
If you’ve been in the same shirt since the day before, change it. Putting on a clean shirt and some comfy pants will help improve your mood and make you feel cleaner. It’s important to put on a new shirt each day to keep yourself healthy and happy.
3. Open a Window
Fresh air is important, and if you don’t want to commit to the idea of leaving your house, opening a window is the next best thing. This will circulate air into your room and will make you feel refreshed.
4. Change your location
If you’ve been in your bed all day, try to leave your room. If you’ve been in the living room, watching TV for hours, go to another room to do another activity. It’s important to change your location to divvy up your day rather than staying in the same place for hours on hand. Try to make the effort to move around your house, throughout the day, to move your legs and stretch out for a minute or two.
5. Put On Your Favorite Show, Movie, Album, etc.
Sit back and relax while one of your favorite forms of media to entertain you for an hour or two. I tend to watch old childhood shows to spark some happiness in me, or I’ll watch a cartoon to soothe me down. Everyone has their own tastes, so whatever makes you happy or calms you down, put that on and let it distract you.
Sluggish, mentally exhausting days are difficult, and sometimes there’s nothing that you can do to improve them, but I hope one of these tips helps you the next time you have a bad day. These are the things I do to calm down my anxiety or pick myself back up on my feet, and I hope these tips help you too.
* These are things that I do when I’m having a bad mental health day. Everyone is different. These tips might work for you, or they might not. It all depends on the person. *