Bad days, we all have them, and they can can be overwhelming at times. But just because they arrive doesn’t mean you need to hang out with those feelings for the rest of your life.
So how do you get out of that funk? Start by making yourself a self-care emergency kit. Youtuber Muchelleb has a quick and simple guide to show you how.
Need a little extra support? Create a list you can work through when things are rough. We’ve made some suggestions below, but feel free to add or remove items until you have a comforting list that’s truly your own. Just start at the top and work your way to the bottom when you’re feeling frazzled.
- Write it down. Feeling bad about feeling bad can lead to a vicious and overwhelming cycle of self-destruction. Learn to accept your emotions. One way to do that is to write them down. Journaling can help, as can looking back at your past highlights and wins. This puts negativity in a different light and promotes healing.
- Have ready-made food available. Sometimes when you’re sad and depressed, you can’t think straight, let alone prepare a nutritious meal. Have healthy food prepared in your freezer. This takes away the guesswork and gives you proper nutrition to heal.
- Go to meditation. Meditating centers you and helps calm anxiety and racing thoughts. Have a mantra or quote ready to go and saved on your phone. Use it when you feel your mind spiraling.
- Call someone you trust. Reach out to a friend or relative who’s a compassionate listener for feedback. Or contact a remote counselor through an app like Betterhelp. They can help you sort your emotions and guide you through the next steps.
- List of activities and what to do. With your emotions all over the place, it can be hard to concentrate on the task at hand. Keep a list of three activities to do right now. It could be bike riding, walking to the park or painting. This allows you to focus on refueling yourself rather than scrambling for self-care ideas when you need them most.
Don’t let one bad day have a permanent effect on your life. You can get past this hurdle. Create a self-care list for a proactive way to break negativity and get your mind focused on more positive things.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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