I won’t lie, I have been struggling more over the past week or so with my mental health. Since lockdown began, my mood has been generally better than I expected, but it will, without fail, dip every few days and I will have a day when I feel like the world is against me, where everything just feels ten times harder and it is difficult to smile. Those days are tough, really tough, especially when it makes me panic that my mental health is going to regress back to how it was at my lowest a couple of years ago. These are the things I am doing to try and pick myself back up again after one of these ‘low’ days, nothing mind-blowing, and please do seek medical advice if you are suffering with your own mental health, but just a few things that help me to smile after a tough day or two.
I know, who even am I? Working out is not something I really did much of over the past couple of years, always finding an excuse, never enjoying it when I forced myself to do it. I have really surprised myself by starting to enjoy exercise since lockdown began. Exercise is so good for your mental health, and I actually really find it helps to pick me back up again and start a new day off the right way. That’s not to say I don’t have days when I really don’t want to do a workout, and sometimes I do decide to have a lie in instead, but generally working out has really helped me.
I am trying to not order too much online, not least because I don’t really have the money, but if I have been struggling, I will occasionally treat myself. I have Amazon Prime, so the easiest way to do this is to head onto the app and get something on my own Wishlist (usually a new book, although my TBR pile is massive since my birthday), but I have also been having a little splurge every so often on beauty websites like FeelUnique, LookFantastic and AllBeauty.
Have a Pamper
I don’t know what it is about a fresh tan and nails that make me feel so much better, but a good pamper is always a good idea after I have had a bad day. I use St Moriz developing tan, which I find is the most natural for my skin tone, and is so easy to use, and I love the Nails Inc Gel Effect polishes at the moment, which are fantastic quality and don’t tend to chip as easily as normal nail varnish on my nails.
Watch a Comedy
I am a sucker for Friends, and will always watch that on the days that nothing else will bring a smile to my face, but when I am trying to cheer myself back up following a low day, I try and find a good comedy film to watch with Ed. We found one the other day on Netflix called The Wrong Missy, which we both really enjoyed. Sometimes it is just good to switch off from the outside world, put down our phones and laugh along to something easy to watch. We are also working our way through The Goldbergs on Channel 4 and it is great easy watching too.
Read my Book
As I mentioned, I have A LOT of books to read. I went to the library just before lockdown and fully stocked up, so I am still working my way through them at the moment and I also got a grand total of 13 books for my birthday, so I am in no risk of running out any time soon. I try and make time to read as much as possible, as it helps me to unwind and escape for a bit from my own mind and the mess the world is currently in, and I find it really helps after a bad mental health day.
These are just some of the things that I turn to after I have had a bad day during lockdown. As I said, if you are struggling with your own mental health, please do talk to somebody. It is such a strange time at the moment, and many who have never struggled before with their mental health are finding the current situation difficult to come to terms with. There is absolutely no shame in seeking help.