Today I’m struggling. And this time it’s my physical health dragging me down, think I’ve been battling an ear infection so I’ve been dizzy and all confussled, which in turn has made me feel a bit low. I’ve decided though to give it the middle finger and write this blog post, after-all it’s something I enjoy and it’s mental health awareness week! I’ve combatted what I would say was a pretty serious bout of depression a few years ago, and sometimes it does like to creep up now and again. But when I do feel low I do a few things to help lift my spirits…
1.) Have a phone free day/ evening
Sometimes not knowing the latest YouTube drama minute by minute can be incredibly therapeutic, I ask you what do we really get out of James Charles’ subscriber count going down? And you don’t have to check your Instagram every few hours or respond to every DM straight away. Sometimes the social pressures of your online presence can be well… a lot. Now and then I take a break from it all and it is amazing! I’ve even gotten to the point if my phone dies I won’t charge it for a few hours or even a day, just to be cut off from the world.
This lets me concentrate on real life me and what I need, rather than the virtual online me.- If that makes sense…
2.) Have a pamper
So the phones off, and this is when I tend to pop a face mask on and lie in bed and just think. This helps clear my mind, oh and you can’t forget about what it’s doing to your skin.
If face masks aren’t your thing you could paint your nails or have a long bath with a sparkly bath bomb. Take some time out of your day to relax and look after your body.
3.) Treat yourself
I’m not saying have a Mukbang every time you’re low or buying a new outfit, but a slice of cake you’ve been wanting or watching a film you really enjoy can help. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that can give us a little boost.
4.) Listen to some music
There’s some music you can’t but help smile and sing along to, for me it’s a bit of ABBA! Whether it’s Waterloo or Fernando, it just gets me belting out (sometimes not so tunefully) wherever I am. Perhaps not a work appropriate choice… maybe keep this one for the car or at home!
5.) Write it out
I find writing out whatever I’m feeling whether I’m pissed at someone or feel low can really put everything that’s whirling round in my mind into perspective. I find texting my mum helps or even writing (in a text, or on paper) can really help even if I’m not sending it.
There we go, I’m not saying these will work magic and change everything going on in your world. BUT they can sometimes give me the little boost I need. It’s just important to remember that it’s okay to be okay all the time, and that the feelings you have will go in time.