I think we all have those weird days where we don’t really feel like ourselves. Everything could possibly make us cry, nothing really makes us happy, and we don’t want to talk to anyone! Often, it feels like there is no real reasoning behind it, but we know that there is this huge imbalance inside of us that really wants to be taken care of. If you feel like that right now, I hope this will help you get out of this negative mental state again!
Step-by-step: Self-care for bad days
1. Slow down, my friend! Drop everything you intended to do today and slow down. You are your top priority right now, so don’t be too hard on yourself, put away the leftover tasks for today, and postpone every single one of them until you feel like yourself again. This is important. Give yourself the space to breathe again and remove any unnecessary stress that could affect your mental well-being right now. Your introverted self needs a pause from everything!
2. Turn off your phone and go completely offline! If there is one thing you don’t want to do right now, it’s scrolling through social media and waste your time on things that could potentially make you even sadder. You also don’t want to be bothered by people that make you feel bad about yourself. Don’t give others the chance to get to you when you feel this vulnerable. Also, the less stimulation, the easier it will be for your introvert brain to cope with the situation.
3. Meditate on it. Yes, I know this might be the last thing you would like to do right now (considering you’re currently not in a very good mental state) – but trust me, it’s worth it! Only 10 minutes will do wonders for you! And as an introvert, you naturally will find it easier to meditate in general compared to others. (Read my blog post about meditation for more information surrounding this topic.) Personally, I prefer to meditate only with music when I’m feeling sad or upset, but of course, you can meditate how ever it feels right and easy for you right now.
4. Write your feelings down! Now that you meditated about what’s going on inside of you, it would be perfect to take some more time and write down whatever crossed your mind during the meditation. You can also use this method to release negative emotions that still feel stuck inside of you. We all know how hard it can be for us introverts to release negativity out of our system from time to time.
5. Get yourself a warm drink! My personal favorites are a cup of hot chocolate or lavender tea. The first one is great to release endorphins, aka happy hormones in your body, and the second one if wonderful to simply calm yourself down. But drink whatever you would love to if this doesn’t sound appealing to you! It will make you happier, trust me!
6. Positive self-talk! I know it’s pretty unlikely for us introverts to go over to a friend’s house to talk to them about our problems. We often feel too ashamed about our feelings and don’t want anyone to see that we are hurting. I feel you so much on this one! If this is the case for you – don’t be afraid to give yourself the pep talk you need. Think about what you would say to a best friend and write yourself a letter or just think it in your head. (Be genuine, you will know exactly when you’re lying to yourself.)
7. Do something that you really love doing. It really doesn’t matter what exactly it is. It could be reading a book, watching a movie, writing a poem, doing art, creating something, baking or even napping – whatever your introvert heart desires! Listen to your heart. What does it want right now? As soon as you know it – don’t hesitate too much – just do it!
I hope following these steps will help you get back on track!
Remember, it’s normal to feel sad sometimes. It’s part of being human and can also just be the result of hormone imbalances in your body caused by stressful lifestyle. Don’t – under any circumstances – beat yourself up for it. ❤
Important note: If you’ve been sad or depressed for much longer than usual – please consider consulting a specialist. Your mental health is important!
What helps you the most whenever you’re having a bad mental health day? Feel free to share your tips with me here in the comments or over on Instagram!
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