There are days when you can barely make yourself get up from your bed, let alone go to work or do anything productive.
Things like that can happen to anyone, even if you didn’t have any prior anxiety or other mental issues. And it’s okay to have a bad and not wanting to go to work.
What matters most is to be able to go through it so that the next day, you don’t feel down as well.
To that end, we’ve made a list of recommendations on how to get through one such day. They might look like simplistic strategies, but they tend to get the job done. You might not find each one of them helpful, but some will surely do the trick.
All of them have been endorsed by professional psychologists and online counselors.
Here’s what we got.
Give Yourself Time to Rest and Sleep
Don’t feel like getting up from bed? Then don’t. Spend an hour, two, or even three more hours sleeping or just resting.
By resting, you are giving your mind a time to repair and refresh itself. Most people undervalue the significance of rest. Sometimes a short, 20-minute nap, can make all the difference in the world as you will come out of it recharged and ready to face whatever the remaining of the day can throw at you.
Don’t beat yourself up for the additional time you spend resting or sleeping. Also, that doesn’t mean you should spend the entire day in bed as that will be contra-productive.
Enough With the Sleep And Rest….It’s Time for Something Else
So, you’ve got your beauty sleep, now it is time for something else. That else being dragging yourself from the bed and taking a steamy shower. Your mind will be telling you not to get up and stay in bed, but you need to find the strength to get off the clutches of your bed.
The order of things is a shower, a full breakfast, and dressing up. Find something nice to wear, not what you typically wear at work or when on a grocery run. It’s guaranteed that will make you feel better.
Reach Out to a Friend & Go Out
It doesn’t have to be your best friend, but anyone that has some free time on their hands and is available to meet you.
Go for brunch, lunch, or even for just a cup of coffee. Ideally, find a place you’ve never been to before, but you didn’t have the time to visit it.
The idea here is to take you away from your home and get you socializing with other people. A cup of your favorite coffee and a simple conversation to a friend won’t solve any underlying mental issue, but you won’t feel that bad.
Being surrounded by other people always help.
Even if you can’t find a friend to keep you company, you should grab that coffee or head for brunch. Sometimes we find comfort even in the smallest things like small talk with an absolute stranger or the waiter that brings our meal.
This is What Comes Next
You’ve probably heard of nature therapy or ecotherapy. In Sweden, a physician can prescribe exactly that a week of nature therapy. That’s spending a certain period in outdoor surroundings. For example, within a forest.
Considering that you don’t have that much time on your hands, but probably just the rest of the day, the best course of action is to head out to the nearest park. The bond between nature and people is ongoing. At the same time, the therapeutical effect that nature has over people is proven in actual studies conducted by some of the most renowned universities and research centers in the world.
Sometimes, just an hour spent in the nearest park, just embracing and appreciating the surrounding, walking among the trees, can feel profoundly fulfilling.
When You Go Back Home
At first, that might feel like going back to the scene of the crime. But worry not, because by now you should feel somewhat recharged and refreshed. Plus, there is a lot you can do so you don’t fall back in the same bad mood once you are back home.
To keep up with the accumulated positive energy, you might want to turn your attention toward some “feel good” type of food.
There are over 160 studies on how food affects our mood and the brain in general. What’s common for all of those studies is that they all acknowledge the influence food has over our brain, mood, and it links to mental conditions.
To that end, you should consider consuming dark chocolate, quinoa, salmon, foods that contain probiotics (sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, etc), beef, poultry, leafy greens, turnip greens, bok choy, grapes, and so on.
Those are all foods that can have a profoundly positive effect on your mental condition.
If you are out of healthy foods, call it a cheat day, and go for some comfort food like ice cream. The idea is to keep your spirits high and not fall in the same abyss as before.
Before Calling it a Day
One way to forget your problems is to turn your focus over something else, even if they are fictional characters from some TV show. So, the advice here is to watch a TV show or a movie, anything that will distract your mind from your issues. This too is a common distraction technique that in all honesty doesn’t work in the long run. But if you need to go through that particular day, it works like a charm.
There is no eastern world philosophy here, nor some spectacular recommendations. Just a set of recommendations and tips on how to make it through a bad day. Each of them has been tested in practice by folks like you.
However, consider this a short fix. Something that can get you through your bad mental day. Dealing with the root of your mental problems is another matter that you need to address as well.
However, that’s something that requires a somewhat different approach and usually the involvement of a professional psychiatrist or a counselor.