Self-care is so important, because if we don’t take care of ourselves, who will? I know that not many people would take care of me, so I need to do it myself and so do YOU. I know it is difficult to put yourself first. I struggle with this myself each and every day, but today I am going to change that for both you and I with 15 self-care tips to salvage a bad day.
After a stressful day, I love getting into a hot bubble bath with my favourite bath soak. Lay back, close your eyes and just soak in the bath and relax. Make sure you check out the bath time basics post to make your bath even more relaxing.
Go For A Walk
Walk yourself out of a bad mood. Studies show that even a 10-minute walk immediately boosts brain chemistry to increase happiness. Go for a walk outside and enjoy the soothing sounds of nature.
Breathe in the fresh air and just let your mind become clear. Make sure you don’t have any distractions, it’s better to just enjoy some peace and quiet, and even more importantly YOU time.
Diffuse Essential Oils.
I am in love with essential oils. They have so many benefits and one of these is a calming and grounding effect. Lavender essential oil always calms me. If you don’t use essential oils, why not burn your favourite candle?
I always find that my favourite scents are a great self-care tip that salvages a bad day!
Take A Nap
Refresh your mind and body with a nap. Curl up on your couch or get back into bed. Grab your favourite blanket and get some well-needed rest. Sleep improves your mood drastically. Don’t set an alarm- go to sleep naturally and wake up naturally. That way you will feel happier and refreshed when you wake up.
Relax For A Few hours Without Your Phone
Turn off your phone and just relax. A social media and technology detox is great. It can all get a little much sometimes, so turn off your phone or put it on silent and read a book or enjoy nature as I mentioned above.
I never did this, but with my boyfriend being a bit of a fitness freak he is very passionate about it. When he came to visit he helped to push me into starting to work out every morning.
Although I have been very slack with working out lately, I do notice the difference with my mental health when I workout and when I don’t. Make sure you check out the Quiet Nonsense workout playlist on YouTube and Spotify.
Watch Your Favourite TV Show or Movie
I always do this when I am having a bad day, although I am a bit weird when it comes to this bit. My favourite movies are horror movies and when I’m in a bad mood I always end up watching “Saw”. Is anyone else the same as me?
Take some time and watch one of your favourite movies or have a binge session watching your favourite tv series.
Listen to Your Favourite Music
I love music. Every time I am in a bad mood I end up playing music loud and dancing around. At the end of my dance session, I always feel good.
That’s when I’m home alone, of course. Dancing leads into my previous part about working out. It releases feel-good endorphins. So get your boogie on!
If I’m not home alone, I put my earphones in and just sit back and relax, listening to the music.
Catch Up with Friends
A catch up with friends or family that you haven’t seen in a long time can be great and really make you feel better. Although, be sure to watch out for those energy vampires!
Make sure you’re catching up with people who bring positivity and make you happy while spending time with them. I think we all have one or two people in our lives that just make you feel worse than before, so avoid those people while you are having a bad day!
Yoga is a great way to relax and clear your mind from all the negative thoughts swirling around. If you have never done yoga before and would like to try it, you can use this YouTube video to help.
Journaling can be a great way to get all your emotions out on paper. I always find that when I am writing or drawing how I feel that when it is put on paper it is taken out of my head. This can be a great way to sort out your head on a bad day when everything is so muddled up and confusing.
I’ve never been a huge fan of meditation, but I know that it works wonders for others. There are many apps that you can use for some guided meditation if you struggle to do it by yourself. Calm is a great app to do this. It was named 2017’s app of the year and many reviews I have read say that it is a great app to help them meditate and sleep!
Adult colouring books have become a huge trend lately and I can definitely see why! It is so so relaxing. You get lost in the design of the picture and your mind becomes clear. While in counseling, my therapist even recommended that I do this. It’s been a great way to switch off my mind and just focus on the task at hand.
Find A New Hobby
Finding a new hobby can be great to get you out of your bad mood. Have you been wanting to try something new for a while? No matter what it is give it a try. My blog www.foreverthewanderer.ie was going to be a hobby of mine until I absolutely fell in love with my blog and working on my blog to the point that I know want to make it my career. Who knows you may try something new and end up loving it as much as I love my blog!
Take Time Out and Breathe
Bad days can happen for a number of reasons. Whether it’s stress, depression, anxiety- whatever it is – take time out and breath. Everything will be okay.
Some simple breathing techniques can go a long way with calming yourself on a bad day. One technique that I use frequently is this one:
Breathe in for four seconds.
Hold it for seven seconds.
And let it out for eight seconds.
This causes an automatic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (fight or flight) state to a parasympathetic response. This tells your brain and body that everything is okay.
Take care of yourself. Practice self-care. These tips should be able to help you salvage a bad day.
About the Author…
Anne is from Ireland where she is taking time off after school to focus on her mental health. She is also an assistant at Quiet Nonsense and runs her own blog with topics including travel, mental health and so much more. Anne dreams of/ is working towards becoming a professional blogger.