The best ways to spend a mental health day
So, You’ve decided to take a mental health day. I’m so happy for you! Everybody needs a day off from life now and again and taking a day to work on your mental health is vital when you’re feeling low. Although it might be tempting to loaf around in your pj’s, get in and out of bed and not wash, it’s unlikely you’ll feel better for doing so.
In my experience, feeling like you’ve had a productive, self-care day, will much more beneficial. What I mean by productive though, is unstressful tasks. Do things that you know will leave you feeling like you’ve achieved something.
A mental health day isn’t about getting everything done that you’ve been putting off, it’s about feeling accomplished at the end of the day and being proactive about your self-care.
Get the most out of your day with these Mental Health Day ideas.
- Wake up before 9 am, avoid procrastinating about it jump up as soon as you hear your alarm
- Don’t check your social media or emails. Today should be free of anything like this!
- Make your bed
- Shower and dress in comfortable clothes
- Make yourself a healthy breakfast or try a nutritious smoothie
- Depending on the weather, go for a walk. If there is somewhere you know that always brings you peace and comfort, go there!
- Open blinds and windows and bring light into your home
- Put some uplifting music, create a mental health playlist
- Get a load of laundry done from start to finish
- Make or buy something you really enjoy for lunch
- Just sit in the quiet for a 10 – 15 minutes and appreciate the sound of nothing
- Make a cup of tea!
Taking A mental health day will provide you with a much-needed pause.
- Drink plenty of water and hydrate, around half your body weight in ounces is recommended
- Write down your thoughts and feelings, just start writing anything and the rest will follow
- Draw up a mind map
- Pamper yourself, wash and blow dry your hair, paint your nails or book a treatment at a salon
- Have a good de-clutter, sort out old clothes or anything that doesn’t make you feel good
- Tidy your bedroom and rearrange your furniture
- Do a brain dump and make a solid plan to work through your to-do list
- Watch a film, try something funny that will make you laugh out loud
- Catch up with a friend that always makes you feel happy
- Download and audiobook relax, close your eyes and listen
- Download a power nap app and take an afternoon nap, don’t be tempted to stay in bed though!
- Do something creative,
- Find and attend a local yoga class
- Try some meditation
- Book in a salon for an aromatherapy massage
- Write down everything you are grateful for
- Tend to your garden and plant some flowers
- Buy yourself some indoor plants and make a plan to take care of them
- Download a productivity app and set yourself some reminders
Make sure your mental health day serves you well, think about whatever it is you need right now and do that!
While a mental health day might not resolve and deep-seated issues, it will provide you with some time to reflect and asses your current season of life. You should never feel guilty about doing something for yourself.
If you are unhappy with your life right now, you could use your time off to work on your next move, think positively and set yourself some goals. Setting goals will give you something to work towards when you can see a less bleak future your mood and motivation will improve dramatically.
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