As I’ve stated before, I needed to take a deep cleansing break from creating content for my blog and my YouTube channel due to a series of bad mental health days. While I had no plans of revealing my reasoning for the long hiatus, I’m much more relieved now that it’s said and out in the open for those, who can relate, to read.
Bad mental health days can happen to anyone and everyone regardless of if you’re suffering from some sort of mental health condition. Some days, I’m sure our brains just want to throw our arms into the air and say fuck it! and call it a day. It’s never comfortable but thankfully a majority of the symptoms are temporary and there are ways of getting through it.
Here are some tips that I’ve noticed help me get through these kind of days and hopefully they can help someone else as well.
I know it may seems as though nothing seems to be going your way or that the world is coming down, but keeping all the negativity circulating in your mind is a recipe for disaster. Break the cycle! Do something that will promote positive thoughts or at least force them through endorphins. We all have times where that inner monologue can easily bring us down, but listening to podcasts about empowerment, exercising, or putting a little bit more time into your hair and makeup in the morning are just a few things I do to feel good.
Physically, mentally, emotionally… your body sometimes gets burnt out which can lead to poor mental health. Generally speaking, trying to carry on like normal despite being burnt out or suppressing any mental health problems can do a lot more harm than good. Whether it means taking time off or just spending a night to yourself, listen to the signs your body is giving you. Make sure to get enough sleep and slow down your social calendar.
3. Go outside
Whether it’s outdoors or outside of your mind, get out of your cluttered headspace. From the inner voice to negative thoughts and irritable, lack of patience in between, it can all seem like too much. It won’t be easy, but don’t sit around and just listen to that voice bring you down.
4. Plan something
Bad mental health days can come out of nowhere but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something positive for yourself or someone else out of the blue also. Flip that sad feeling into a happy one. Whether you’re planning a nice evening out with you and a few girlfriends, or planning on saying something nice to three random strangers, I promise this little bit of shared happiness will bring your mood up.
Surround yourself with those you love doing the things you love. Pretty straightforward. If you enjoy video games, go and bring your siblings or friends with you to an arcade. Enjoy the company and the atmosphere. Don’t let your negative thoughts try to steer you away from things you normally love.
Whatever you’re going through, know that mental health periods are only temporary. It’s a hurdle in life that you have to jump over and overcome to continue going. And, you’re not alone. Whether it’s family, friends, or me, you have a support system that will help you jump the hurdles, so don’t be afraid.