If you’re struggling, you deserve to make self care a priority. Whether that means lying in bed all day, eating comfort food, crying, sleeping, rescheduling plans, finding an escape through a good book, watching your favourite tv show, or doing nothing at all – give yourself permission to put your healing first. Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and today, whatever you do, let it be enough.
Sometimes it’s easier to get in bed, build a hidey hole and just let the world pass by. Can you relate? What I’ve learnt is that you can’t hide from it. Hiding away doesn’t solve the problem. In fact, it generally makes it worse!
So what can you do on bad mental health days? Self care! YOU ARE IMPORTANT. Take care of yourself.
Now I know it’s tough to get motivated and moving when you’re having a bad day, self care doesn’t have to be adventurous it can be super simple and from my own experience, I have learnt that the simple and necessary self care made ALL the difference!
Self care is more than just a bath. Self care is taking care of your body and mind as a whole. Yes, that means enough sleep, water, exercise and nutritious food too! Ultimately, you need self care daily to function as a healthy human being. Self care is a necessity not an option.
21 SELF CARE IDEAS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
- Sleep. Mental illness can leave you feeling more tired than normal. Take as much sleep as you need to re-energise.
- Light a candle. There’s something about lighting a candle that is so relaxing. Find your favourite and relax.
- Diffuse essential oils. Essential oils have so many amazing benefits for the body and they even help mental health too! Lavender is great choice for both mental health and sleep.
- Digital detox. I’m stating the obvious here. Social media. Take a day off and notice how much better you will feel.
- Journal all your thoughts and feelings out until you can’t write anymore.
- Positive affirmations. Swap your negative thoughts for positives!
- Make a gratitude list. Stop focusing on what you don’t have and want and start focusing on what you do have and appreciate it.
- Take a hot, relaxing bubble bath.
- Put clean clothes on. There’s nothing better than clean clothes to make you feel a bit fresher.
- Pamper yourself. Sit back and relax with your favourite face mask.
- Put on your favourite film and snuggle up on the sofa.
- Listen to music.
- Eat fruit and vegetables, good food improves your mood!
- Hug someone.
- Talk to someone, get your thoughts and feelings off your chest by talking to family, friends or a therapist. It’s better out than in.
- Breathe! Slow down. Take deep breaths , in and out.
- Meditate. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, it will really help calm your mind and body.
- Take your power back and say ‘no’ to things you don’t want to do.
- Sing, blast out your favourite tunes to increase your mood.
- Bake something tasty.
- Dance like nobody is watching! Exercise. Get your blood flowing and your cheeks glowing!