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How To Practice Self Care On Low Energy Days

29/09/2018

What we see on social media is very rarely (if ever) the whole picture. Some days we can be bursting with energy and motivation, others we can barely manage to get out of bed in the morning.

Even though I try my best to share the bad days and well as the good on my blog and socials; there are some things that even I keep private. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll sometimes put out a tweet saying I’m struggling or having a bad mental health day; but I won’t go into the full details because I’m scared of being judged. 

Scared of admitting that I can’t always function as a human (let alone an adult!) in my mid 20’s. 

But I do have days when I can’t function; days where I don’t have the energy to shower, or tidy up or even reply to text messages from my friends. 

On days like these, my traditional self care routines go out of the window. I don’t have the energy to do a full yoga workout or even do my hair and makeup. 

I’m all on to drag myself out of bed if I’m being honest!

Luckily there are lots of different ways you can look after yourself, even on days that you might not actually want to.

Dry shampoo and wipes

If you don’t have the energy to get into the shower, then spritzing your hair with dry shampoo and using baby wipes or a flannel to wipe yourself down can be a great way to freshen yourself up. 

You can even get festival sized wipes, which are a lot bigger than normal ones and a lot better in situations like this. 

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Even thought there is a lot of stigma around this (and people wrongly feel they have the right to comment on what you do or don’t do) this is often the reality of depression. 

You can have no energy to do anything and a lot of the time, you’re feeling so self destructive that you don’t actually want to look after yourself.

Automated text messages 

Using the text replacement tool on your phone/tablet can be a great way to let people know you’re having a bad day, without having to type it out a long message. 

Having a simple phrase like “badmhday” change into a general message that explains you’re having a bad day and that you probably won’t be able to text much, will let the person know what’s going on and that you aren’t ignoring them – all without you having to type it out. 

They might still reply, but if you know the person well, you can warn them in advance what that message means and ask them to give you some space when you send it.

Just make sure it’s something you wouldn’t type in a normal conversation, otherwise its going to pop up when you don’t want to! 

Easy meals

If you don’t have the energy or inclination to cook, then there’s no shame in ordering a takeaway. Apps like Just Eat make it a lot easier to order, especially if you have social anxiety and don’t want to actually phone up to place an order. 

Alternately you can buy some microwave and quick meals in advance for days like this; there’s nothing wrong with noodles, microwave chips and bakes beans! 

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But I’d also say try and balance things out, maybe add some fresh or dried fruit if you can. Things like grapes and raisins are good snacks that you can pick at throughout the day, and they don’t cause much mess or require you to get up and throw something away, like an apple or orange would.

And if you really can’t face eating, then at least make sure to drink some water throughout the day!

Room sprays 

I love a good room spray; not only do they smell nice but its a great way to freshen up your room without having to get the Hoover out or change your bedding. 

Scents can also help with mood – I use a lavender spray when I want to relax and an orange one when I need an energy boost.

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They don’t always work, but there are times when it gives me a boost of motivation and I might even be able to cross something off my to-do list. 

I mostly just spray my bedding, curtains and carpets and it really does help to quickly freshen up a room.

Open your curtains and windows

Leaving the house can take a lot of energy, and sometimes even just sitting out in the garden or on your doorstep can be too much. 

So opening up your curtains and windows not only lets in the daylight, but lets in some fresh air too. It’s also another way to freshen up your room if you don’t want to use (or don’t have) a room spray. 

Even in winter it can be great to sit at your windowsill and let the cold air in for a few minutes; plus its an excuse to snuggle up in a big fluffy jumper with a warm drink! 

How do you practice self care when you’re having a low energy day? 

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31 responses to “How To Practice Self Care On Low Energy Days”

  1. Wow, these are great ideas for low energy days. I usually stay in my PJs and cuddle the dog while watching happy/funny movies. I never even considered something as simple as letting the fresh air or sunshine in.

  2. Jade Marie says:

    That still sounds like a great way to spend a self care day! I know if I had a dog, I’d be cuddling them all the time 😍 I’m glad I’ve given you some new ideas, and hopefully you can use them the next time you’re feeling low on energy ☺️

  3. This is such an important post – self-care can seem so indulgent and inaccessible when you are having those really tough days. These are great tips and I’m so glad you are helping to reduce the stigma around depression. Thank you 🙂

  4. pixieskies says:

    This post is really helpful, I often struggle with conventional self-care because it can be a lot when I’m in a rough patch. Definitely going to try out the texting tip, it’s not something I’d have thought of myself.

    Megan // http://www.pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

  5. ruthinrevolt says:

    I love this. I think posts like this – where you address even simple tasks, rather than the typical self-care ideas – are really important. The automated text replies are such a brilliant idea! Another amazing post, Jade – you’re a superstar.

  6. Lauren Brooker says:

    This is such a good idea and very helpful! Sometimes self care can take a lot of effort if you’re feeling particularly low whether that’s within your mood or energy wise, so small tasks like these can actually make such a difference and don’t feel too overwhelming like other self care ideas might xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

  7. rachaelstray says:

    I always have dry shampoo and baby wipes in the house!

    I really like that automated reply idea!!

    Rachael | https://rachaelstray.com

  8. Ilka Elise says:

    When I have a bad day and need some me time- self care, I love to take a hot shower, change into soft pyjamas, apply a face mask, order some mexican food, and watch The Office. Best cure for a stressful day. Lovely post and I will absolutely try some relaxing roomsprays to add to the relaxation. Much love, Ilka x

  9. Kattiah W says:

    This post came right on time for me! Especially being 37 weeks pregnant at home with a 2yr old and a 4yr old. It’s so easy to forget about myself so I loved these ideas !

  10. I love your ideas! I also have some low-energy days (especially if I have been overstressed) and easy yet wholesome meals are my best buddy 🙂

  11. Lindsey says:

    These are really good ides – sometimes it’s the small things that makes a difference, isn’t it? Love this!

  12. Sara says:

    Room sprays really do make a difference for the room but also the aromatherapy!

  13. Rachel Okot says:

    this post is awesome, its important to have self-care. Ill be using some of your amazing tips

  14. I always love to read what you write and this post was super useful too!! Thanks for sharing! Happy october💛

  15. Laura says:

    These are great tips!

    Xoxo,
    Laura | afinnontheloose.com

  16. CarlyBloggs says:

    This is a great post! Really great tips and great steps to helping yourself when you’re having a bad day x

  17. Alex Grace says:

    These are all great ideas – I think lots of people who are having these types of days will gain a lot from applying them. I also feel that by writing these things you’re giving everyone a lot of comfort in saying ‘it’s OK to do this when you need to’ which is ultra important! Taking your foot off the ‘self-care’ accelorator occasionally is a very powerful self-care tool in itself, you’re listening to what your body/brain needs and on certain days, we really just need a rest from everything. You haven’t failed if you just need to stop for a bit, recharge and then push forward when you’re in a better place to. Apologies for the waffle, but I think this is such a helpful post and I hope everyone gains a lot from it.

  18. Fantastic post 🙂 My go to quick meal is a tin of soup.
    I try to do something like brush my hair or take a bath. Something small that I can do where it doesn’t have to be a huge effort.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

  19. Jade this is such a thoughtful and genuinely helpful post for people who are in need of it. I have these kind of days a lot, more due to physical health than mental but sometimes they go hand in hand and it’s essentially the same when i need to take care of myself but can barely get out of bed. I’d never thought of the pre-written text thing, I’m definitely going to set something up for in future!
    Alice Xx

  20. I generally leave everything and just read the books on my low days. You have got a great tips.

  21. I think this is a very helpful useful post! Not everyday do we have the energy to properly do the things we’d normally do.. so this is a great alternative to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves! The dry shampoo & wipes is very clever, love that tip. Also, the room sprays! I actually just love room sprays anyways, they uplift my mood as it is!

  22. Amylou says:

    Love these! They’re so helpful, and you never really think these small things are actually helping you!

    http://www.chronicalsunflower.co.uk

  23. So true… even when you don’t have energy you need to take care of yourself.

  24. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you, I’m glad you found them helpful! ☺️

  25. Jade Marie says:

    You really do, even though it’s extremely hard to think of and do at the time

  26. brianatrev says:

    I live for my dry shampoo! I also love spraying my bed with a clean scent!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

  27. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who lives for dry shampoo!

  28. Austenne says:

    It’s so good to be encouraged to practice self-care even when we’re tired or worn-out. Thanks for sharing!

  29. nazlihizal says:

    Thanks a lot for all the tips! We actually do need some extra care some days, I’m glad I came across this! x

  30. bluebellstrees says:

    This is a great post Jade! It can be so hard to actually “get up and move” some days, and these are great tips! Definitely sharing on. I’ll also add, the 1001 carpet spray is brilliant for making a room smell amazing and it lightly cleans the carpets too, disappears in seconds so no hoovering either! x

  31. I absolutely love all of these ideas! I’ve been having a ton of low energy days from the cold + being pregnant!

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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.

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