I’m actually writing this post while having a bad mental health day myself.
Well in all fairness, it’s been a bad week!
I’m back at university this week, which means my normal work routine has been thrown out of the window.
I’ve never done well with change, even small things like a train being cancelled or a class being moved can make me anxious and even cause a meltdown.
It should only take me a few weeks to adapt and find a new routine, but until then I’m going to struggle to get any work done and feel really overwhelmed by everything.
It’s always good to take some self care time and be kind to yourself at times like this, but there are also some more practical things you can do to help look after yourself when you don’t feel great!
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t eat anywhere near as healthy as I should; something I’m trying to change this year.
When I’m having a bad day, I tend to snack on junk food – which in all honesty just makes me feel worse.
I have a recipe book by The Hairy Bikers that is full of recipes and ideas, which I’m slowly trying out to see what I like.
Although between my allergies and IBS, it’s been a struggle to find meals I can actually eat!
Snacks are a lot easier as I’m a big fan of things like orange peppers, carrots, apple and grapes. I tend to just cut them all up, put them in a resealable tub and grab some throughout the day.
Drinking enough water is very important when you’re having a bad day, as its really easy to accidentally dehydrate yourself.
And as someone who’s been quite badly dehydrated (twice!) it’s not something I want to experience a third time!
I have a few different reusable water bottles that I use on a regular basis, which I’ve found really helpful in encouraging me to drink more throughout the day. I’ve noticed that when I have a drink next to me, I’m more likely to subconsciously drink from it without even thinking about it.
If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like drinking water, then just put some juice in like Ribena or Robinsons in.
The easiest way to tell how I’m feeling is to look at my room; if its messy and unorganised, you can guarantee I’m having a bad day.
A tidy room is something that always helps me feel a bit more organised and put together, so when I’m not in the best frame of mind I try and set aside some time to have a clean up.
Usually while blasting out one of my favourite Spotify playlists!
I’ll start off by dusting, before putting away any clothes that I’ve just dumped on my desk chair. Then I’ll usually have a general tidy up and clear out, getting rid of anything I don’t use/wear and take it up to the charity shop.
As a general rule, I always take 5/10 minutes in a morning to meditate before getting on with my day.
As you might know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I created my own Oracle Deck for my final major project at university last year. I use it every morning to do a quick reading, but for me its more about meditating and reflecting on my day/week/month than anything else.
So for example if my card of the day is The Bee, I might reflect on what I’ve been doing recently and realise I’ve been working too hard recently and need to take some time off.
I practice witchcraft already, so its a great way to meditate and reflect on how I’m feeling at the same time as practicing my craft!
This is probably the most important (and difficult) things you can do. Trying to force yourself to do work normally when you’re having a bad day can actually cause more damage in the long run.
Accept that you just aren’t feeling it today, take a deep breath and step back from everything.
Listen to what your body needs and put yourself first. It can be really hard not to feel guilty on days like this, and I know I’m guilty of being one of those people who always has to feel like I’ve achieved something with my day.
I wrote a post about this a while ago where I spoke about how you can feel productive when you’re having a low energy day and I’ll try to do a few of these things if I have the energy.
If I don’t then I just get into some comfortable clothes, binge watch something on Netflix and nap!
What do you like to do when you’re having a bad day?
Thanks for stopping by! I’m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. I’ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.