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NaBloPoMo Day 1: Bad Days and How I Cope

Oh hello November! If you didn't already know, every November thousands of bloggers pledge to post every single day for National Blog Posting Month. I've decided to join NaBloPoMo 2016! It sounds like a big undertaking, but I will try my hand at it. Blogging every single day? I'll need lots of encouragement and hope that you will help me on my way! Please chime in and keep me going!

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.

NaBloPoMo November 2016I 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?


  1. Self care is very important, and so hard for some people to come by! If you don't take care of yourself first there is nothing left of you for you to be there for others.

    1. Hi Nona. Thank you for your insight! I agree. Just like so many, there are days that I find myself with that "nothing left" feeling.

  2. I love that we are in this age of having deliberate conversations of self care. A massage does wonders for the soul!

    1. I appreciate your comment Babz! Self care should be mandatory! Massage is definitely therapeutic on many levels!


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