Before I give some simple little tips I want to really drive home the point that these are my ‘survival tips’ for those weeks where you are feeling a little crappy, down or flat. To people with depression and/or other mental health illnesses these tips are not for you – please reach out to a friend, family member and/or trusted doctor.
Full disclosure: I use these coping mechanisms along with a healthy dose of antidepressants and therapy (because I am one of those lucky people with depression, sarcasm is accepted here right?). 2017 was the year where I was forced to really prioritise my mental health and learned to identify the oncoming of ‘down days’ – these tips are the first things I employ when feeling those down days coming.
Okay, I will stop writing disclaimers. Here are some things I do to survive my bad weeks.
Be okay with doing the minimum!
Some days all you can do is wake up, get out of bed and put one foot in front of the other. That in itself is a huge feat! Give yourself credit and don’t knock yourself down. There are weeks where you will be able to put maximum effort in, this just isn’t one of those weeks.
Sleep! Sleep! And sleep some more.
If I am having a bad day/week/month you will find me getting through my days and quickly tucking myself into bed the second I get home. I used to hate hate HATE being so reliant on sleep time to get me by but I have come to terms with the fact that this is something my body needs. Sleeping helps my bad patch go quicker, allows my body to repair whatever it needs to and allows me to escape my over thinking mind.
Call yo parent, man or lady of choice!
I am horrific at communicating so I am the last person that should be allowed to advocate the “talk about your feelings” mantra. Instead, I am a big fan of calling your loved ones and just talking about nonsense. It is amazing how much human connection can lift your mood and pull you out of your negative mindset (even for introverted humans). A simple “how was your day” will keep my mum talking for 15 minutes – just enough to improve my mood.
Walk and eat your problems away
Sorry, this is not me telling you to eat an entire tub of ice cream and block of chocolate to solve your problems. But trust me, this will make you feel better than any tub of ice cream could. The second I am feeling a ‘down time’ coming on I immediately clean up my diet so it is clean AF and walk my heart out. The combination of nutrient-dense foods, increase intake of water, the fresh air and the increased endorphins dramatically shortens any crappy-spells.
Watch a sunrise or sunset
Yes, really. Sunrises and sunsets are magical and the serve as a picture-perfect reminder that the world is beautiful and a new day is always around the corner.
Yes, these things are super simple but there is honestly so much beauty in simplicity.
I hope this helps anyone that is feeling a little down or flat.
Thank you so so much for reading,