Hello, my name is Faith and I've been managing depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I am not a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price.
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Last week I had a cold and had a series of low functioning days. When I’m not struggling with mental health I usually am able to get a TON of stuff done each day but when I’m struggling with depression and anxiety it’s another story. Anytime I get physically sick my mental health kind of takes a hit too. I spent the week barely doing a damn thing every day. Here are some tips and tricks I use when I’m having a period of lower functioning.
Watch Your Mindset
This is something I really struggle with. When my functioning is low I beat myself up and feel guilty for not getting as much done as I “should”. It’s important to remember that just because you are having a low functioning time doesn’t mean that you’re not making progress on your mental health journey. Often, when we are processing past experiences or about to step into a higher version of ourselves our functioning will drop because we are using a lot of energy to heal and process. It’s important to remember that low functioning isn’t inherently bad.
Adjust Your To Do List
Be realistic about where you are with your physical and mental health when giving yourself tasks to get done for the day. If you’re having a more difficult time getting tasks done keep that in mind and write out a realistic to-do list. A task list for a low functioning day might include items you usually do without much thought like showering or getting out of bed.
Celebrate Small Wins
Keep a list of everything you got done for the day and update it with every task you accomplish. On low functioning days it’s important to focus on what you DO get done not on what you don’t get done. If you talk to someone on the phone, do laundry, eat breakfast or take a shower all of those things go on your celebration list. This helps you train your brain to focus on the things you are doing instead of beating yourself up over all the things you aren’t doing.
If you’re functioning drops really low or if you’re having a hard time for a long period of time please reach out and get help. I have a podcast episode you can check out about asking for help when you’re struggling with mental health. I also recommend getting a therapist to help you (I talk to a therapist online via Skype with BetterHelp). It’s important to start taking steps to start getting back to the higher functioning version of yourself.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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