Coping Mechanisms For Those Bad Mental Health Days

I’m sure that we’ve all had days like these, especially over the past few months in lockdown... Those days where the idea of peeling yourself out from underneath the covers seems impossible, talking to or replying to your closest family members and friends seems like a chore, and your ordinary daily tasks seem simply draining. We've all been there, but not everyone knows how to cope with those days. So, I wanted to make a little list of the things I, or people I know, do to help and maybe, just maybe, it will help someone else too.

1. Exercise

I never thought I’d be one to join the gym, ask literally anyone that knows me, and they’d laugh and say “Abi, at the gym... Never going to happen!”, but I can honestly say it’s the best thing that I’ve done in a long time.

Not only does it physically make you fitter, it mentally makes you stronger by releasing endorphins (basically it makes you feel happy and blocks feelings of pain, so you can power through any discomfort caused by exercising, or of course push past those tough feelings mentioned earlier). There’s also an increase in serotonin which is a chemical responsible for happiness, restful sleep, and a healthy appetite. That, alongside looking fitter, is such a good feeling... Trust me (I never used to believe it either!) it's so worth it.

2. Get organised/tidy

Tidy room, tidy mind. It really works.

In my case, if I’m struggling and I’m surrounded by mess and clutter, I simply can’t focus and in turn, I find myself slipping even further in terms of my mental health. It ends up being a vicious cycle.