Here is today's writing prompt:
When you're having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do to help yourself?
Some people like to talk things out when bad days happen. I don't. Since childhood, I find the need to cope quietly and alone. I help myself by pressing pause and just allowing my mind be still. It isn't easy as it sounds. I often get stressed out and anxious, those closest to me can attest to that. Even with little stresses (like going to a blogging conference) I can find myself over thinking, worrying unnecessarily, and having what feels like mini panic attacks. I don't think that it is obvious to strangers (or maybe it is). As long as I can remember I have felt socially awkward but think that I disguised it fairly well. When I find myself having one of those days bad days (usually in social settings i.e. conferences), I help myself by acknowledging my discomfort and taking deep, slow breaths. I've used Natural Vitality Calm (the Anti-Stress Drink), Stress Away Essential Oil (Young Living), and sipped on calming camomile tea and it seems to help. That covers my awkward social discomfort. I am lucky and have made friends along my blogging journey and it has gotten so much easier. The funny thing about my discomfort (and its causes) is that I LOVE attending events! I really really do. The people that I meet are great, I just need to focus on not getting so worked up!
With the daily stresses of life, I know that we all need breaks. I always plan on heading to the yoga studio, going to the spa for a massage, or soaking in a bath to melt away bad days! I have not yet mastered the art of making enough time for self care. I have a gift certificate to my favorite yoga studio as well as a spa gift card and some great bath salts ready and waiting. Sometimes we all NEED to just check out for a mental health day! I need to get to it and take advantage of the resources that I have. Who's coming with me?
A sure fire way to feeling better is hugs, kisses, and silly time with my family! I live with two goofballs. They are my favorite fix for the tough days.
I would LOVE to know how you take care of your mental health when having a bad day! Perhaps I can adopt some of your methods!
My question for you before you head away my blog: When you're having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do to help yourself?