Since we live in a day where we try to make mental health a priority and are always saying ‘if you’re suffering then get help’. I’m the type of person who doesn’t like reaching out especially going to therapy. I’m also the type of person who tends to not to believe the ‘I’m here for you if you need me’ words, mainly because I believe actions speak louder than words. I know it’s hard to do in Group Chats but usually your words in a Group Chats reflect the person behind the screen. I’m the type of person who doesn’t want people to know when I’m upset or having a bad mental day. So I thought there’s people out there who really don’t like sharing their feelings. These are just things I do. Everyone is different in how they deal with their mental health. Just do what’s best for you.
When I’m feeling down, weather it’s just a bad mental day(s) or something, I find eating something that actually healthy puts me in a better place mentally. It doesn’t have to be ‘oh I have to eat extremely healthy 24/7’. If your favorite fruit is apples then get an apple. If you love avocados then get avocados. Like it doesn’t have to be big. Sometimes as good for you as apples and avocados just puts me in a better mood.
This kinda goes hand in hand with the whole ‘eating better’ thing. I personally love cooking. I honestly find it relaxing and therapeutic. I know not everyone feels that way. But for me anyways, cooking is a way for me to let all the bad energy go.
Everyone says ‘exercise is good for you’. Pretty sure we all heard it growing up. But honestly it isn’t just good for the body. I find that working out (or in my case walking) does in fact help your mind. Now that falls here, it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside and get walking. If you already have snow (I’m already hearing those ‘I have snow where I live’ comments) then do an exercise that you like inside.
I don’t always write how I feel. But I love to write. I think it’s a great mental tip. Weather it’s making lists, writing about your day, or blogging I find that writing does do something therapeutic for me.
I’m a weird person. You’d never know unless I told you. But personally for me, acting weird is a way for me to be productive. Only really do it around people I’m completely comfortable around. That way I don’t feel self conscious and feel like I have to hide.
Know this might sound “childish” but sometimes as a human we still need to do childish things. Like coloring. I don’t like the fact that I just admitted that I still color (even if it’s from time to time). I mean sometimes we just want to color. Not because we’re in that bad of a place but because we’re either in the mood to color or we use it as a way to let what’s bothering us go.
I know that it can sometimes be hard on days to even shower. But honestly I use it as a way to let my problems go. Plus when you take deep breaths in the shower it personally makes me feel better. Maybe not much some days but the hot water and the deep breaths personally make a difference. Plus you can use it as a way of scrubbing away your problems. I would personally suggest taking a night shower because you can feel better especially before bed.
So there’s just a few activities that I enjoy doing for self care. Yes, I know I have a lot to work on still. So will this list change or will be added on too. Yes. If you haven’t tried something on this list and you want to feel free too. Also, I’m open to hearing what y’all do on days were your not feeling all yourself. It doesn’t have to be a bad mental day. Just days where you feel off.