Living with anxiety (& the subsequent depression) for pretty much my entire life, I’ve had my fair share of days that really are less than amazing. Tons of days where I don’t feel like getting out of bed and facing the day, and my bed and space seems a thousand times more comforting than the rest of the world. Living through these experiences for years, I’ve picked up my fair share of tricks to help break out of the funk and get back to business. School doesn’t have time for a lot of down time, so finding myself back into a productive sort of mood is super important. Mental Health correlates to your overall wellbeing, so it’s important to take it seriously.
Some of my favorite tricks are:
- Read a good book. Even better, take that book someplace outside of the house; a park, coffee shop or even backyard are great options.
- Walks. Exercise is one thing that seriously can kick sad feelings to the curb, just from a chemical standpoint. I like to go for walks in the evening, bring some headphones along, and just try to clear my mind of everything that could be cluttering my head.
- Go on a tiny day trip. Even if its just to a nearby town or city, getting out and experiencing new things can help to lift your spirits.
- Have a spa night. If you can’t bring yourself to leave the house, you can always pamper yourself at home with face masks, nail polish and snacks! Sometimes I like to put on a favorite tv show, and just hang out while my nails dry.
- Call up friends. Support from friends & family is super important!
- Clean up your space. Living in a clutter free & clean environment can make everything a little better!
- Listen to music. Sometimes it’s just nice to lay down and listen to some music and reflect.
- Go to the gym. Again, exercise is key to chemically beating bad feelings and boosting up energy.
- Indulge in a new hobby. I’ve recently started to care for some tiny plants, and sitting and caring for them always makes me feel better. It’s a whole new hobby for me to learn about and keep me occupied.
- Bake/cook a treat. There’s nothing better than something home cooked and tasty to help you feel better!
Of course, as always, everyone has their own techniques and tricks to help themselves feel a little more energized on days that drag. Finding them might be a little bit tedious, but it’s worth the energy!
Do you have any techniques that help you feel better on bad days? Share them in the comments below.