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Self-care hacks for your bad mental health days

We all have thse days where your mental illness has kicked your ass and you are really suffering with your depression, anxiety, BPD or whatever menta illness that you are suffering from. Trust me, I have had many of those days, where I have done  nothing but move from my bed to the couch. Some days would become so bad that I physically couldn’t make myself wash, brush my hair or teeth for days on end. I know it’s really gross to admit that, but it does happen! Mental illness can be paralyzing and you can physically not make yourself do anything at all. This is why these self-care hacks for your bad mental health days can come in handy.

Self soothe/massage

When we feel like shit it is very important that we are able to self soothe. Self soothing is a very important life skill that you can do on your own. Effective coping strategies may be those that involve one or more of the five senses — touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound.

Touch

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it is very sensitive to external stimulus.This makes it one of the most powerful tools you have to help yourself calm down unwind when you are stressed.

Water is one of the ways that you can feel instant relief thats why many people suggest warm baths or a shower for self care.

Taste

Food can definitey make you feel better but it is very important that you don’t turn to junk food as this cam have negative effects on the body. Sipping a nice chamomile tea can definitely make you feel a little bit better.

Smell

Essential oils are the way to go! For any of you who know me or have been following my blog now for a little while you know that I love me some essential oils. They have such a wide range of benefits and there are so many oils that can help you when you are feeling stress, sad, depressed or whatever the case may be.

In a 10ml bottle add 6 drops of bergamot, 6 drops of orange and 6 drops of lavendar and fill the rest of the bottle with the carrier oil of your choice.

Mental illness can be paralyzing and you can physically not make yourself do anything at all. This is why these self-care hacks for your bad mental health days can come in handy.

Sight

When you are feeling like shit and having a really bad day distraction can be a huge key to feeling better. Distracting yourself from your mood can be reading, watching a movie or tv series or anything else you can think of!

Sound

Music is so so important when dealing with your mental illness. Music can completely change your mood, this is why music therpay has been recommended for those who suffer with depression and anxiety.

Breathing exercises

Researchers have found that breathing exercises can be used to decrease anxiety, relieve insomnia, boost energy, inhance memory and lower blood pressure.

Try this breathing exercise:

Breathe in for 4 seconds

Hold it for 7 seconds

Breathe out for 8 seconds

And repeat

Drink water

Hydration is really important every single day even when you aren’t having a bad mental health day but when we feel like shit we tend to forget to take care of ourselves and not eat or drink. So during those bad days it is extra important to stay hydrated.

Avoid social media

Social media has positive and negative effects and unfortunately it can have a very negative effect on you when you are already feel bad. It will do you some good to step away from social media and just focus on yourself until you feel better.

Self-care hacks

Many times I have been in such a bad way mentally but I had to leave the house, meet someone or go to work and I was not looking after myself because I physically couldn’t. So I have been using these hacks to mke myself at least somewhat presentable to be out in public.

Dental hygiene

When you need to brush your teeth a simple rinse of mouthwash can work and make sure that

you don’t have bad breath. Having a mint or a chewing gum can also come in very handy when you’re in a bad way.

Greasy hair

Dry shampoo will be your saviour in this case, Don’t have dry shampoo? That’s okay you can use talcum powder to make your hair look fresh and non greasy!

General hygiene

Washing can be a huge chore so having a pack of wet wipes to wipe down your body. It is quick, handy and a lot easier than showering or bathing.

Eating healthy

When I have a bad day I tend to eat a lot of junk food but I have been trying to get out of that habit. A way to do this is when you are feeling good save some of the food that you have been cooking for yourself and keep it there for your bad days to heat up very quickly and eat.

I know exactly what it’s like to be physically not to be able to do anything at all so it’s important that you take care of yourself in whatever way possible even if you can’t be arsed.

With Love,

Anne xxx

Mental illness can be paralyzing and you can physically not make yourself do anything at all. This is why these self-care hacks for your bad mental health days can come in handy.


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10 thoughts on “Self-care hacks for your bad mental health days

  1. Good tips! Another great one for greasy hair (because I don’t own talcum powder) is flour – it works so well because of how absorbing it is and is the cheapest product to use ever. As weird as it sounds that has saved me on many an occasion!

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