Even when depression, anxiety or any regular mental health issues are not present, nobody can honestly say that they never have ‘down days’ or periods. You know the ones – the times when everything seems to have a grey tinge, nothing goes to plan and even the parts of our lives we are thankful for feel overwhelming. The important thing to remember is that the feelings will pass, but there may be something you can do to shift your mindset. Of course, these ideas are not a replacement for regular self-care, healthy living habits, depression medication or professional support if appropriate, but on difficult days these quick tips could help to lift your mood and clear your head.
They say a change can be as good as a rest and sometimes the monotony of daily life can bring us down, so why not change something up today? Whether you’re headed to school or university, to pick up the kids, the store, to work or an appointment, change your route and see a bit of the local area you don’t see often. It might just change your perspective.
How often do you buy something just because you like it? Many of us talk ourselves out of supposedly frivolous or indulgent purchases, and while that’s a good practice most of the time, sometimes you deserve a treat. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or extravagant, but spoiling yourself with some make-up, a new bag, some Maple Prime’s women’s perfume or even a box of chocolates could be enough to put a smile on your face.
Is there something around the house that has been on your to-do list for far too long? It might be a lightbulb which needs changing, a creaky door or some dusting. On days when you’re feeling low even the smallest task can feel like a chore but ticking just one thing off your list can help to ease that feeling that you didn’t do anything useful today.
Take an hour to yourself when you won’t be disturbed by texts, phone calls, emails or social media notifications. Use the hour to watch a TV show you’ve wanted to try, read a book, take a bath or whatever else makes you happy. Don’t worry about what you’re missing out on – it’s highly unlikely that whoever is trying to reach you cannot wait one hour for you to get back to them.
Mindfulness is not an easy technique to master if you’re prone to overthinking or anxiety, but if you can focus your mind for just a few minutes, it can help to lessen the strain. Breathing techniques can also help to relax tension in the mind and body.
You might be surprised how much letting go for a brief period can help you to regain control. Set yourself up with some paper, pens, paints, glue, glitter or similar and vent your frustration. Rip the paper, scribble, try stream of consciousness writing out or splatter some colors about. It’s a great way to ease frustrations, and when you’re done, you can throw the mess straight in the bin.