- TELL YOURSELF SOMETHING POSITIVE.
I am a firm believer that the energy that you put out into the world has an effect on how you feel. Try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
- SHOW GRATITUDE.
If you are having a crappy day and your brain is flooded with negative thoughts, take a second to step back and appreciate the positive things in your life that you are grateful for. Make a list of things or people you are grateful for.
- OPEN UP TO SOMEONE.
Don’t try and face every battle alone. There are people around that care for you and want to help you- don’t be afraid to ask for it. You are not alone in this. Create a list of your go to people who you trust. There are many resources available near you as well.
- DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY “NO!”.
This is still something I am working on. I constantly put too much on my place and get easily burned out. Learn that it is okay to put yourself first and say no to other things. I have started taking days to myself to do nothing when I begin to feel myself get overwhelmed. Self-care and prioritizing your health is not selfish.
- LEARN FROM IT.Use bad or frustrating experiences as a learning experience. Maybe you didn’t do something perfect this time around, but you will learn from it and next time you will kick some butt! Empower yourself.
- PRACTICE FORGIVENESS.
Forgive the person who cut you off in traffic. Forgive the person who did not hold the door for you. Forgive yourself for being late to an event. A situation won’t be changed from doweling on it and investing negative energy.
- PRACTICE SELF-CARE.
There are a million different ways that you can practice self-care. Make sure to take time out of your day to take care of yourself.
- READ OR WRITE.
These are some of my biggest tips on my bad mental health days. I find both of these activities very grounding. They help me feel in the moment and also help me slow down. When I am feeling very anxious, writing out a plan helps me feel in control of the situation.
- GED EDUCATED.
I learn something new about mental health conditions everyday. My favorite place to go for information about conditions and where to get help is The National Alliance of Mental Illness. This is an amazing grassroots mental health organization across the United States, working towards bettering the lives of those affected. Mental health conditions are easier to manage when you really know whats happening.
- TALK WITH A THERAPIST OR A DOCTOR.
I have tried a few therapists and have not found a good match. A friend of mine once told me that finding a therapist is worse than dating- but don’t give up! The same could go for dealing with a doctor or finding a medication that works for you.
The most important thing is to not feel ashamed or weak or guilty. Keep doing what you need to keep yourself healthy.