How to Overcome a Bad Mental Health Day


Do you ever have those days where you just feel, off? Those days where no matter what, you just feel sad, discouraged, and a little hopeless?

I had one of those days recently and it threw my whole day off. I felt uninterested in work, sad, and the smallest things that typically bring me joy just weren't. 

It wasn't a fun day to be perfectly honest. 

I have nothing in my life but pure happiness. A loving and devoted boyfriend, a gorgeous home, a successful career and I'm very happy at work, loving friends, and overall, a very positive outlook. 

But that day, my brain wasn't on the same page. Instead, I wanted to sleep and hide away from the world. It's been a long time since I last felt this way and it honestly alarmed me. I frantically began thinking of any reasons that I may have felt this way. 

Then it hit me. Sometimes, even the most positive people have their bad mental health days. And that's ok. What's important, and what I did that day, was taking steps to get my brain back on track. 

1. Eat Right

It's so easy to immediately want to self indulge when you're feeling bad. Comfort food is called comfort food for a reason. Instead of giving into my every urge to devour chocolate, I swapped it out with a tea and banana instead. The sweetness from the banana instantly quenched my craving which was great! Although, in total honesty, I did have a small piece of chocolate later that day. Dark chocolate has lots of antioxidants, aka happiness, folks! 

2. Work Out

The last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym. Remember, I wanted to hide away and never see the world again! Instead, I forced myself to work out, and I felt better. It felt good to get my body going and releasing the negativity that I felt inside of me in a positive and beneficial way. 

Photo by Lena Bell on Unsplash

Photo by Lena Bell on Unsplash

3. Cry it Out 

Sometimes we all need a good cry. And it feels so good! Is it me or does anyone else feel this huge sigh of relief when you cry? It's like you're finally allowing your body to release everything all at once and at the end, you just feel so peaceful. 

If you're feeling that urge to cry, do it! It'll help you release those emotions and feel better. Pro tip, take a nap afterwards. It's like hitting reset on yourself! 

4. Blast Some Feel Good Tunes

I texted my best friend when I wasn't feeling great and she had a glowing piece of advice, blast music that makes you feel good. And guess what? After listening to my work out playlist (which is full of pump you up tunes) I felt so much better. Put on your favorite artist, song, playlist, and just tune out the world and tune into yourself instead. Bonus points if you can dance it out too. 

5. Talk 

Don't let these bad mental health days make you become a clam. Instead, open up to those close around you. Whether that's your best friend, spouse, or your dog/cat, open up and let it out. Talk about what's bothering you and see if they can help you along the way. Nothing good comes from hiding our emotions. Instead, they can manifest and can take a physical and mental toll on ourselves. 

What are ways that you take care of you on your bad mental health days? I'd love to hear more about it! Self-care is incredibly important and should never be ignored. If you're feeling depressed or suicidal, please contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

WellnessKelly Harrold