Do you ever wake up and just know it’s gonna be one of those days? Maybe you’ve had a few rough days. Maybe it’s been a rough month. Yes, we can try to be positive and choose to make it a good day, but sometimes it’s just not that easy. Some day are just crappy. Some days are stressful. Some days you just feel sad. Some days your anxiety is just too much. Some days it takes all we have to just put two feet on the floor and get out of bed. Are there some effective ways to help yourself on such a day? Can the day actually be turned around?
We all deal with these emotions from time to time. Maybe you’re dealing with one of life’s most difficult struggles right now, like the grieving the loss of a loved one, a cancer or disease diagnosis, a lost job, or a divorce. Maybe you’re having a hard time at work with a project, co-worker or maintaining your own business. Maybe you’re struggling in your marriage or relationship. Maybe you’re simply a mom at home trying to get through the daily challenges that you have to face every day: endless messes, disobedient kids, disrespectful words, mounds of laundry, sibling arguments and getting the kids to get their homework done. I’ve been there. I AM there. Yep, me too.
I deal with bouts of depression and anxiety more than most people probably know. The last two years of my life has been exceptionally challenging and I’ve had to learn to deal with these emotions more than ever. While I don’t feel this way constantly, it does rear it’s ugly head when I least expect it and I’ve learned some helpful ways to help ease the toughness of one of those days.
Daily Mental Health Tips
Start the Day with Quiet Time
Whether it’s 5 minutes or an hour, give yourself some quality “me time”. Drink a slow, extra cup of coffee, read a good book, spend time in prayer, read a devotional or your Bible, or simply cozy up with a blanket and watch your favorite 30-minute tv show. Having a few moments to yourself and doing something that you love that lifts your spirit can really change your rough start into a decent day.
You don’t have to do a huge workout, but get your body moving in some way. If you have time in the morning, go for a quick run or walk. Take your favorite class at the gym. Do a quick yoga video workout at home. Or if you have to head off to work, take an extra walk around the block during your lunch break. There’s something about moving your body that helps your mood improve dramatically.
Get Out of the House
If you are home most of your day, get yourself out of the house for awhile. When we’re home, it’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves and immediately go into hermit-mode. We become unmotivated, unproductive and then we begin feeling worse and worse. Head to your favorite coffee shop at work there that day. Go shopping at your favorite store. Go sit at the beach or your favorite park for awhile. Take the dog for a walk! Simply being out of your house will help your mental state tremendously.
Enjoy Some Sunshine
It’s hard to argue that feeling the sun on your face doesn’t make you feel good. Maybe it’s the Vitamin D or just the warmth of the rays, but you’ll feel your mood lighten and warm up just like the sun. In fact, Vitamin D has actually been shown to help with depression, so get outside and enjoy this natural vitamin. Head to the beach, go on a hike, head to the park (or dog park!), or simply sit outside on your patio for 20 minutes. This simple thing can make a huge difference!
On the days when you feel the worst, you need to take extra good care of yourself. Although you want to be lazy and head to the nearest drive-thru for something salty, greasy or sugary, improve your mood by eating plenty of protein, vegetables, whole grains and limiting your sugar. Diet and mental health are dependent on each other, so fuel yourself into a good day with good nutrition and plenty of water too!
Get Extra Sleep
After one of “those” days, go to be early. Let your body recover and rest. Sometimes our mood can actually be a result of not enough sleep the night before. Listen to your body and let it sleep. You may just find that you wake up the next day feeling much better.
How do you overcome those days when you just want to crawl back into bed and skip the day? Share with us in the comments below!
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