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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I had a total crap day yesterday. I was unproductive and some exciting things I thought were going to happen fell through. It inspired me to write up this list of self-care options for stupid no good terrible bad days. I hope it gives you some ideas of things you can try to make a bad day better.
Drink your favorite hot beverage. I usually do tea but keep a box of hot cocoa for stupid bad days.
Cuddle up in bed with a good book (Harry Potter is my ultimate comfort book) and a warm blanket
Make a cheer up playlist and go for a walk
Spend some time daydreaming and write out goals for the week
Get your positive energy up by making a vision board. I keep mine on Pinterest.
Plan a trip. Even if it’s a fantasy vacation you want to take someday. Pick out where you would stay, places you would eat and what you would see if you could go anywhere in the world.
Go to the Grocery store and make your favorite meal. Grilled cheese and mashed potatoes is my favorite comfort meal.
Make a list of your proudest accomplishments
Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Reconnecting with someone can feel really wonderful.
Write letters to all of your pals and tell them all the reasons they are so great.
Watch your favorite movies. My bad day go to movies are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Monster’s Inc. I’m also a fan of watching rom coms from the 90s.
Paint your nails and do a face and hair mask
Challenge yourself to drink a gallon of water
Call up a girlfriend and go get a drink or snack somewhere really fancy
Sign up for a free trial of Starz or Showtime and binge on
Find a restaurant you’ve never been to with great Yelp reviews and go check it out
Explore your town. Check out some museums or parks.
Watch some kick ass motivational speeches
Sign up for a trial membership at a new gym
Make yourself some healthy meals for the week. Meal prep is the only way I can make myself eat healthy throughout the week.
Let it all out. Watch a movie that makes you cry.
Get a fresh start by decluttering your closet (or kitchen, or makeup or whatever). Get all Marie Kondo and ditch everything that doesn’t spark joy.
Try out some guided meditation
Do some breathing exercises
Take a long bath or shower
Get in bed super early and catch up on sleep
Find the most beautiful place that you can and have a picnic
Walk a dog. If you don’t have a dog borrow a friends pup or go to the animal shelter.
Write a gratitude list of everything in your life that you are thankful for
Get in the sunshine
Do some yoga
Find a support group in your area
Sign up for therapy
Read some inspirational quotes and put your favorites on post-it notes around your house
Bake some fancy treats from Pinterest
If you’re feeling overwhelmed plan out how you’re going to get shit done
Tell someone you’re having a hard time
Do a social media detox
Get out of your house and go read in a coffee shop
Make some kind of art
Go for a walk in nature
Plant some flowers
Write out a new daily routine you can try
Go somewhere and watch the sunset
Find somewhere meaningful to volunteer
Go to a psychic and get your cards or palm read
Build a fort and watch your favorite show or read a book
Make plans with your most positive and supportive friend
Go to a flower shop and pick something out for yourself
Hangout at your local library and get a stack of books
Get a manicure, facial or massage
Plan a party for someone or start plotting your next fabulous vacation
Practice magic and buy yourself some crystals to carry around with you
Find somewhere you can go swimming
Buy new fancy underwear
Get yourself some doughnuts or fancy ice cream sundae
I hope this list gives you ideas of things you can try to feel better. If you’re having a hard time keep hanging on and just try to find some comfort and happy moments.
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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