We all end up feeling down some days. It’s just the way it goes, and no matter how happy-go-lucky you are normally, a bad mood can strike sometimes.
If you suffer from mental health issues, those bad moods can strike quite often. Now, there’s no replacement for medication and treatment, and these tips are to go along side that.
I hope that these tips give you some relief on the days where you need some major cheering up!
Being out in the fresh air can do wonders for your mood. You could simply sit out in the garden for a bit, or take a walk. Either will help you feel a little more relaxed and clear your mind a little.
Your body needs freedom sometimes, and you can help up feeling cooped up. I know when I’m struggling with my depression, I stay in my room, and don’t leave the house for days on end. The best way to get past this is to gradually get out. Go into the living room for a bit, then go into the garden, and then walk down the drive. Building it up slowly again can make it easier, and breaks it down into doable steps.
You hear it all the time, but that’s because there is genuinely lots of benefits to getting exercise. According to the NHS website:
Regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression, and it’s especially useful for people with mild to moderate depression.
It can improve your mood, reduce stress, stop you feeling so tense, and give you something else to think about. Whilst getting the motivation can be difficult, once you do you will begin to feel the benefits almost straight away.
Sometimes, when you have anxiety or depression, or just a lot going on in your life, you forget to take things slow. It can feel like you’re so wired up that you struggle to sit back and take time.
But if you can take even just five minutes in the day to do something for you, then you’ll feel so much more in tune with your needs. If it’s just reading a page or two of a book, or doodling on a scrap a paper, something that is mindless and stress free can make all the difference. Take the time to do it, even if you have to force yourself to begin with. It will help you get in the routine, and can help you relax and bring your mind in check.
On those days where you feel down and pretty miserable, doing something nice for yourself can be really comforting. And not only that, but by pampering yourself, you can feel good too.
Put your favourite relaxing music on, have a hot bubble bath filled with bath salts, and put candles around the room. Paint your nails, do your brows, or use a face mask – whatever works for you at the time. Giving yourself some ‘me time’ is really important; everyone needs some time to treat themselves.
It can be difficult to talk to the people around you sometimes, even when you know they care about you. You might be worried that they won’t understand, or that they’ll form an opinion about you. But people who really do care won’t treat you that way.
They will want to support and look after you. It’s more than likely that they will wish you’d told them sooner.
Having a conversation with someone you trust, and opening up about your feelings can feel like a real weight has been lifted off your shoulders. They might be able to give you some really useful advice, and you will wish you’d opened up sooner.
A problem shared is a problem halved!
Sometimes, it can be really helpful to just plug your headphones in your ears, and blast out your favourite music. Blocking out the world isn’t always helpful, believe me. But everyone needs some space and freedom sometimes, and to escape the world in their own way.
Shut yourself away somewhere and let the music blast your fears away.
Especially when you have mental health issues, you can be constantly looking to the future and worrying about the thousands of different things going on, and what might happen. It can be mentally and physically exhausting!
So instead, replace them with things that you are worrying about with at least one positive thing to look forward to. Make it something that doesn’t make you anxious, if that’s something that you struggle with.
Be it a gig that you really want to go to, or a weekend away somewhere new – it will give you something exciting and interesting to look forward to. It can help put your mind at ease about some of the things that have been bothering you.
Going through stressful and difficult times can be overwhelming. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is simply take a break. Even if it’s just going away for one or two nights, it can make the world of difference.
Taking some time to re-evaluate and think about things can be just what you need. It might be going to your friends or family members, or it could be going away on your own to a hotel somewhere. Don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself, and plan your next move, if it’s something you need to do, for YOU.
This can be something really positive and useful for someone who is struggling. It can be a great outlet and can help you get some perspective on things.
I’ve produced a FREE guide, that you can download here, on how to set up a bullet journal, the easy way!
You can use it to plan and prioritize things to make things easier to deal with. Sometimes life can get pretty overwhelming, and having somewhere to vent and express yourself can make a massive difference to how you feel about things.
A massive part of feeling good comes from doing something to make someone else happy. It could be something as simple as sending a text to someone you care about, or something bigger like doing a fundraising event, or visiting people in need and helping out.
You get what you give, and by helping others, your good karma grows!
I hope these tips give you some ideas on how to feel better on the days where you’re struggling. I know how tough it can be, but just take each day as it comes, and do what you can to love and support yourself.
Comment below and let me know your top tips for cheering yourself up.