This is my very first episode of a new series that I’m doing: Mental Health Monday! Every Monday, I’m going to share information with you on how to better take care of your mental health. Mental health is so incredibly important to me; as someone who has several mental illnesses, I really understand that there are times when you just feel like giving up on life for a few days and don’t feel like doing anything. But the thing is, is you have to take care of yourself! Self-care is so incredibly important, espeically when you’re not feeling too happy. That’s why I’ve created today’s blog post.
13 Tips to Practice Self-Care For When You’re Having A Depressive Episode
Drink some ice water
Ice water or even cool bottled water gives your whole body a jump start. Not to mention that it’s really healthy for you, but it’s a way that you can just make yourself feel nice and refreshed, without having to do any hard work!
Brush your hair
I know that when I’m in a depressive episode, my hair is always the first thing that starts to show- I never take care of my hair when I’m really down. When I’m out of the depressive episode, my hair is greasy and full of knots. Don’t let yourself get this bad! Take care of your hair; it’ll help to keep you feel clean and pretty.
Put on perfume
When my depression gets bad, I notice that my OCD gets bad too. I always feel like I smell and that I feel like I’m covered in filth, even though I’m not! One way that I fight against this is just by keeping a rollerball perfume on me. I’ll keep it in my purse, so that if I start feeling depressed while I’m working, I’ll pull the perfume out and put some on my wrist. If I feel like crying, I’ll smell the scent; I always make sure that I use a bright, citrus scent because that’s the scent that makes me feel the happiest on the inside!
Brush your teeth
Dirty teeth isn’t going to make you feel any better. You’re going to feel dirty and disgusting, which is going to make you feel even worse! Take care of your hygiene, even your oral hygiene. If you don’t feel like putting in the effort of brushing your teeth, a little mouth wash is better than nothing. Running your tongue along your teeth and feeling your clean teeth is a great way to feel clean!
Take a hot bath or shower
Say it louder for the people in the back! TAKE A HOT BATH OR A SHOWER! This will literally help you so much, even if you feel like you’re at your wit’s end. Use amazing smelling products. Use a sugar scrub that’s lavish and use your most expensive shampoo and conditioner, shave your legs (or don’t if you don’t like to shave), use a face mask, or use whatever products you have to pamper yourself. You’ll feel like a queen when you step out of the shower!
Eat a piece of chocolate
Did you know that chocolate interacts with your neurotransmitters in your brain to help release seratonin, which makes you happy? Now, I’m not saying that if you’re feeling depressed, go eat a whole thing of chocolate. If you’re feeling a depressive episode come on, try eating a piece or two of dark chocolate; dark chocolate is a lot healthier than milk chocolate is. You may notice a difference in your mood; also try this trick if you’re feeling angry!
Turn off your phone
Social media makes me feel, like, really crappy, all the time. I’m on social media often, because it’s how I run my businesses. But, when I have a chance, I turn off my phone so I can take a step away from my social media channels and all the people that cause drama. I do my very best to keep my channels a positive place to be, but there are people who like to invite negativity. That negativity can wear on me throughout the week, making me feel hopeless and depressed. By taking a break from the electronics, I’m taking a break from the negativity, which gives me a break and allows me to be happy!
Watch your favorite movie or TV show
One way to help put yourself in a little bit of a better mood is to watch one of your favorite shows or your favorite movie. Watch something funny and lighthearted to make you laugh. DON’T watch anything that’s sad, dark, or filled with death, as that’ll just continue to push you further into a depressive episode. I’ll just go on YouTube and look at Vines or Fail Compilations just to make me laugh. I find that when I’m done watching this, I feel less of a darkness in my chest and just happier all around.
Change your clothes
Have you been sitting around the house for a few days and haven’t changed? Get up right now and go change. Change your underwear, change your shirt, change your pants, and change your socks. While you’re at undressing, why don’t you try taking a shower. You’d be surprised at how showering and changing your outfit can make you feel refreshed and like a brand new person!
Wash your sheets
Laying in bed, haven’t moved in a few days? Change your sheets and put your dirty sheets in the wash. Laying in your own filth isn’t going to do anything for your mental health or make you feel any better. Do this simple little task for yourself and you may find that you sleep a little better when you have fresh sheets!
Go for a walk
Take a step outside and just get some fresh air- it will literally do you a world of good. I know I probably sound like your mother, but she was right! Fresh air always seems to air out my soul and the sunlight always makes me feel happy inside and outside. Get yourself out of the house for a half an hour and get into a fun little adventure, even if it’s just walking down a path in the middle of the woods!
Cuddle with a pet
Cuddling also helps release endorphins, which makes you happy! If you don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend/fiance/husband/wife, get your pet and snuggle them all night. Your pet loves attention, 100% guaranteed, and who honestly doesn’t love doggie kisses? Giving and receiving your love from your pet always makes me feel 105439229351098% better!
A little retail therapy never hurt anybody. Give yourself a limit- $20 max! Whenever I’m feeling down, I’ll go and do a little online shopping to cheer myself up. I always get excited when I check to see if I have a package coming out for delivery in the mail; it’s a small, but fun way to add a little excitement to your days!