5 Ways to Tackle ‘Those Days’

by Gemma Callaway

Depression is probably one of the most commonly misconstrued mental illnesses, where a consistent misuse of the word has led many to believe you need only to be sad to be depressed.

Depression is much more than a few tears and can easily paralyse your day to day life. It brings you total monogamy and slowly but surely steals every emotion from you – leaving you staring at a wall with not a thought.

Getting through a depressive episode is tough but by no means impossible. And if you’ve done that (well done!!!) but still experience those days, where you’d rather hide under your cover than look at daylight, try using these simple, positivity boosting tips that spur me on to see the day.

GET UP

Let’s be honest – you’re more likely to be productive if you’re actually up and out of bed. Even if it’s just to drag yourself onto the sofa downstairs. It’s a move in the right direction.

TEND TO YOUR APPEARANCE

I don’t know if this relates to everybody but if I look good, I feel good. When I’m having a bad day I tend to throw myself in the shower, do my hair and make-up and put on a nice outfit. Even if I’m not going anywhere it makes me feel good (and I tend to take a selfie – shh!)

 

GET ACTIVE

Take the dog out, go for a short run, do a quick workout. It’s scientifically proven that exercise helps to release good endorphins which make you feel good! I have been experimenting with this recently by joining a gym. Funnily enough I find myself with more energy and a much more positive mind set. Try it!

 

BOOST YOUR ENERGY

A few foods that will give you that boost are;

– Bananas

– Apples

– Spinach

– Honey

– Eggs

– Salmon

FIND SOME COMPANY

Nine times out of ten when I’m having a bad day, I’m by myself. Having a positive energy around you definitely helps. Invite someone round for a coffee, go for a walk with them, go out for lunch – you’ll find that brave face you’re putting on soon becomes natural. Forced positive thinking soon turns into the real thing.

If you’ve got any tips on getting through those days, we’d love to hear from you!

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