In my last post, I wrote about why it’s okay to take a day out of life when you need it.

When you’re suffering with depression, it’s amazing how difficult even the smallest of tasks can seem. On really bad days, I find it difficult to even leave my bed. I prefer to stay under the covers hidden away from the World. Everything seems a bit more manageable there.

However, hiding under the covers all day isn’t particularly beneficial┬áto my mental health; so I try to do small things to improve my mood. Below are all the little things I try to do on days when I feel really bloody depressed. The best part? Most of them can be done from your own bed!

  1. Be kind to yourself – allow yourself to put everything to one side and take a day just for you, guilt-free
  2. Sleep – depression can wreak havoc on your sleep patterns so catch up on some much needed ZZZs
  3. Shower – just a five minute shower can make you feel a hundred times better
  4. Get dressed – even if it’s just into another clean set of pyjamas
  5. Watch a movie – ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ are my favourite feel-good movies for bad mental health days
  6. Listen to music – have a ‘Happy’ playlist ready to go for days when you feel like crap
  7. Open the curtains – if you’re struggling to leave your bed, simply opening the curtains and letting some natural light in can do wonders for your mood
  8. Do ten minutes of meditation – I love using Headspace for this
  9. Cook a nice breakfast
  10. Eat chocolate – and don’t feel bad about it!
  11. Read a book
  12. Listen to a podcast
  13. Go for a short walk
  14. Or if you can’t make it outside, do ten minutes of yoga at homeYogaglo is great for this
  15. Or if that’s too much, do a little bit of stretching
  16. Plan a trip
  17. Try some new recipes
  18. Drink plenty of fluids
  19. Talk to a friend

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