6 things to remember on your worst mental health days

Bethany SmithSaturday 19 May 2018 10:00 am Share this article with Facebook Share this article with Twitter Share this article with Google Plus Share this article through email 2.6k ‘It’s OK not to be OK sometimes’ (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) Mental health is something we all have, and as with physical health, it’s important for us to look after it. ‘Things are improving immensely’: Here’s what happens at a mental health support group We’re all human and even those with the most robust mental health can struggle from time to time. Most of us have good days, bad days and those days in between. And for some of us, we have those terrible days where even getting out of bed feels impossible. The kind of days where you want to curl up in a ball, cut yourself off from everything and you feel like nothing could possibly be worse than it is right then, and that it’s never going to get any better. It’s OK to feel like that sometimes. But, it helps to have some positive reminders — there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and how you’re feeling will pass. Here are six things to remember on your worst mental health days. 1. It’s OK to feel like this Having a low mental health day is not a sign of weakness or something to be ashamed of. It’s OK not to be OK sometimes. 2. You are not alone When things get tough, it’s easy to feel alone and as if you’re the only person who has gone through whatever you’re dealing with. It’s vital to remember that you are not alone, ever. There is always someone who cares, someone who wants to listen and help. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or someone on the other end of the phone from the Samaritans helpline. It can be isolating to feel that nobody understands what you’re going through, but you’re not the first person to feel like this and you won’t be the last. Some days are worse than others (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) 3. Feelings are temporary – this day will pass Most things in life are temporary, including feelings of despair. So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. Remember that you’re going to survive this one too. You’ve probably felt like this before and you may have even felt worse, but you’ve come out the other side and you’re strong enough to get through it again. 4. There is always something to be happy about On your lowest days, it can feel overwhelming and like there’s nothing in life to be happy about. But there always is – even if it’s something small. Focusing on the positive things could help you gain perspective, and find the strength to push through the most challenging times. MORE: HEALTH Girl with muscle-wasting disease is using a wheelchair held together by string Mum wants to teach women not to be scared of seeing their guts pop out of their stomach Dad’s heartbreaking pictures show how brain cancer has transformed him 5. A good night’s sleep can make a world of difference Often underrated, sleep is so important to our mental health. In a report, The Mental Health Foundation said that ‘sleeping is as important for our mental health as eating, drinking and breathing’ and that sleep ‘allows our bodies to repair themselves.’ It’s always better to face problems when refreshed and with a clear head, so if you haven’t had a good night’s sleep, things are bound to feel worse than they otherwise would. 6. You do you Don’t be hard on yourself. Do what you need to do to cope and get through the day. Self-care comes in many forms. When we’re struggling mentally, it’s extra important to try and look after ourselves. Whether that means cancelling plans, going for a run or hibernating on the sofa – do whatever it is that make yourself feel better


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