If you’ve been struggling lately, you might be forgetting to do some simple things that will make you feel better. Whether you’re experiencing a dip in your mood or you’ve relapsed, there are going to be difficult times. There are so many things you can be doing to help yourself, but they might slip your mind during these times. That’s okay. That’s what we at Arbor Behavioral Healthcare are here for. We know nothing seems easy during a depressed mood or a relapse. We want to give you simple self-care tasks you can do that will make a huge difference. Continue reading to learn more.
This might seem obvious, but many people forget to do simple things when they aren’t feeling good. You may not feel like you have the motivation to get out of bed, so it’s difficult to remember to get dressed, brush your teeth, and shower. It may take a lot of effort to get out of bed and get dressed, but do your absolute best to try. Changing out of pajamas can help get you in the mindset of completing another task. The better you feel physically, the better you’ll feel mentally. It might seem irrelevant, but it’s a simple thing you can do to give yourself a bit of motivation in the mornings.
If you successfully got dressed, and maybe even did another task, compliment yourself for completing something that was difficult for you. Acknowledge that something was difficult, but you did it! If you have a to-do list, you just checked off the first thing. This can help give you the motivation to check off the next item. You’re doing something positive to help yourself. That’s a great place to practice your positive-self talk. Build yourself up and pat yourself on the back.
Take a Break
If you’re feeling exhausted after completing a few tasks, you might need a break. Allow yourself a few moments to rest. You don’t have to check off every item on your to-do list all at once. Take a break and do something that you enjoy. This could be watching a movie you like, journaling, reading, or sitting outside and getting some sun. It doesn’t have to be a long break, but taking a few moments helps reset your brain and body and rejuvenate you.
Ask for Help If You Need It
If you’re stuck on a task, ask for help from a trusted member of your support system. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak or a failure, it makes you strong for putting your pride aside and knowing when you can’t do it all alone. Your support system wants to help you. Let them help you. That’s what they’re there for.
Use a Coping Skill to Get You Through a Difficult Moment
If you find yourself struggling, even after asking for help, try practicing a coping skill you’ve learned. Coping skills are great ways to get yourself through a difficult moment. Practice a breathing exercise or meditate for a few moments to help reset you. Coping skills are there to help you get through a tough moment. Use them to your advantage.
Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you during a rough time. If you’ve done these tips and are still feeling poorly, reach out to us. Call now at (844) 413-2690. We can’t wait to help you today!