Have you gone through a recent heartbreak, or experienced another sort of trauma? Do you suffer from a mental illness like anxiety or depression? Do you simply feel down today?
We all live busy lives. This can become overwhelming, particularly for those who suffer from a mental illness or are going through difficult times in their lives. Sometimes, this feeling lasts for just a few hours or a day. For many, it can span months or years.
Even with all your responsibilities, whether they are to work, your education, or simply to other people in your life, it is important to remember you also have a responsibility to yourself. Practicing self-care, both on good days as well as bad days, is essential.
If you are stuck for some ideas, take a look at the list below:
Phone A Friend
Is there someone you truly trust? Pick up the phone, call them on Skype, or invite them over.
Talking out the things that are bothering you with someone you trust can offer a great deal of relief, even if you do not do anything else. Tell them how you are feeling. Be honest with yourself and with them.
Remember To Say No
Are you the type of person who says yes to everything? Do you take on every extra task asked of you, whether it is necessary or not? Consider how realistic taking on extra tasks is, particularly if you are going through a hard day in relation to a mental illness.
What television shows or movies are your favourites? What about favourite books? Entertainment in any form can offer a lot of comfort when you are going through a difficult time. Return to these comforting pieces of entertainment to take a brief break from what is overwhelming you.
Take A Mental Health Day
Mental illness is just as real as any physical ailment you would normally take a sick day for. Simply taking a day out for yourself can be a great way to alleviate stress and anxiety.
Do the things that you love. Do what you need to do in order to make yourself feel better. If this means staying in your pajamas all day and relaxing at your home, go for it. You may also choose to take a comforting bath, cuddle a pet, light a pleasant-smelling candle, or just listen to music.
Eat. Sleep. Shower. Hydrate.
Sometimes lots of stress, trauma, grief, and mental illness can make us forget about performing the basic functions that make us feel human. Make a note to eat a proper meal. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep at night, even if that means going to bed a little earlier. Have you taken a shower yet? A hot shower can work wonders beyond simply getting your body clean.
Remember to hydrate, whether it is with water, juice, herbal tea, or another hydrating beverage. If you do not consume enough liquid, you are more prone to stress, headaches, et cetera.
Talk To A Professional
If things are truly overwhelming and have remained that way for a significant period of time, consider talking to a mental health professional like a therapist or psychiatrist about what is going on. They are in a perfect position to listen to your story and help you out.
Do not feel discouraged if the first therapist you see is not a right fit. This is an important relationship, so finding the right person to help is essential.
Take things day by day, or even minute by minute. Just remember to take care of yourself, particularly if you find you are suffering through a bad day.