Sunday, 28 August 2016

10 Tips for getting through a Bad Day

Bad days come and go, some 'bad' days are worse than others and a bunch of bad days may come all at one. However, there is always an end to bad days and I thought I would talk you through my top ten tips of dealing with bad days and how to overcome them. I personally like to plan specific days before they happen but despite this, sometimes those days turn out worse than I had hoped.

  1. Give yourself time to recognise how, what and why you are feeling how you are. Usually bad days depend on how we are personally feeling and realising how we feel can produce many ideas of how the day needs to change.
  2. Let other people know that you are having a bad day. Suffering in silence isn't helpful, especially towards ourselves as it gives us more time to dwell on the situation whereas if others know, then they can attempt to help and make you aware that they are there if you need.
  3. Get out of bed in the morning, get dressed and don't return until at least the afternoon. I know that on most days, I want nothing more than to stay in bed but other than to sleep in, your bedroom can be a really unhelpful place to be. If you're dressed and out of bed then you will feel better about yourself. I also like to put my make-up on as I find it therapeutic but that is up to you.
  4. Have a task that needs to be completed by the end of the day. Whether it be to go to work, to go for a walk or to catch up on some homework. Being active is a good way to distract our mind from the issues currently faced.
  5. Try to get some fresh air as although it sounds ridiculous, having fresh air can help clear your head as it helps to get oxygen to the brain. A change of scenery can also be good as well as using up some of your energy (allowing you to sleep better).
  6. Cuddle your pet is the best tip that I could give anyone. I have a cat and giving her affection benefits the both of us, because she is happy and I am able to calm down a bit. If you don't have a pet, spend time with relatives or friends.
  7. Ensure that you are fueling your body as food and water are essentials for our bodies to function. Having a low food intake can bring your mood down and not drinking enough can cause you to be dehydrated, causing physical illness which can also bring you down. Personally, I think that mental illness is bad enough alone let alone physical illness too.
  8. Watch an episode of your favourite series or your favourite film in order to try and lift your mood a little. Having said this, don't spend too much time watching television as it may make you feel worse.
  9. Keep a diary where you write how you feel as well as the people who helped and anything else that was helpful. This enables you to look back when you have future bad days on what helped.
  10. Attempt to get a good nights sleep. I always find that having a good sleep can make you feel less stressed and more positive the following day. In order to achieve this, try to spend less time during the day in your room.
I hope that this post was at least a little helpful. Any feedback would be super helpful!

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

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