I started suffering with my Mental Health back in 2018 after the birth of my son. It was a traumatic experience which developed into PTSD. Fast forward to 2020 and I suffered a devastating Missed Miscarriage of our second baby, this definitely re triggered my PTSD. So whilst I am not an expert in Mental Health, I have had my fair share of ‘bad days’ and want to share what I do to get through those days. I have to admit that some days I don’t do anything and that is still okay too.
One of the first things I make sure I do is make a banging breakfast. Something that is a real treat, maybe pancakes or a fry up. I love food and it really does cheer me up, I also find my mood worsens if I am hungry. So ensuring I’ve had a beautiful breakfast, I’m ready and I have energy for the day.
I love Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Egg & Avocado on Sourdough Bread or Chorizo with a Poached Egg & Avocado on Sourdough Bread is amazing!
Have a shower or bath in the morning, I always feel fresher after a good scrub in the shower! If I don’t, I’d still feel sluggish and sleepy from the night before.
I know this one is really obvious but getting outside for some fresh air is one of the top tips I can give you. Why is being outside good for your mental health?! Well the outside air allows you to send plenty of Oxygen through your blood and allows the lungs to work fully and that also allows your brain to function properly. It also helps to reduce stress which we all know can really affect your mental health.
I am going to sound like a boring cliche now but talking/catching up with a friend or family member. I always feel lighter and happier after having a good ole chin wag and maybe a little laughter. It is a good way of switching off from the stresses in my head/actually working out what is wrong and why I’m having a bad mental health day.
Do you have a hobby or something you enjoy doing?! I love drawing on my Ipad/designing new products, I literally switch off for a few hours, my focus is completely on what I am doing. So no time to stress about my anxiety. Maybe a colouring book or binge watching something on Netflix?!
Finally, I’ve started writing down things I am grateful for at the end of the day. It makes me really focus on the positives rather than any anxieties I have. I’m finding it easier to get to sleep because I am not letting bad thoughts consume me.
I know not everyone will agree with what I do on a Bad Mental Health Day but I hope someone reading this gives some of these ideas a try. It is important to try and improve how you are feeling. There are alot of support services out there if you are really struggling, please stay and please reach out for help. If you’re another Mumma who is struggling my inbox on Instagram is always open for a chat.
Love Naomi xx