Hello lovelies! Happy Friday! So the past couple days have been rough for me…physically, emotionally, and mentally. So, I thought I would come up with a post about how to make yourself feel better when you are really feeling bad. Whether it be from chronic illness such as Dysautonomia and Ehlers Danlos, POTS, or even mental and emotional illnesses such as anxiety, depression, or eating disorders. There is ALWAYS a way that you can lift your own spirits even when your feeling your worst. So here goes!
1. Get fully ready for the day, including wearing REAL clothes. Yes, I did say real clothes and unfortunately that does not include pajamas. Although there are days when I wear pajamas for the entire day, I have noticed that it usually does not make me feel better. The times where I feel better are when I decide to wear some nicer clothes, and get myself fully ready for the day. This includes my morning routine of eating a good breakfast, brushing my teeth, doing my hair, washing my face, and getting into some nice fresh, clean clothes. The way you dress can actually affect your mood and make you feel more or less productive (depending on what you decide to wear or how to go about your day). So when you are feeling sick, down, or are in pain, try putting on some real clothes and getting completely ready for your day. A little lipstick never hurts either! 😉
2. Drink PLENTY of water. This one may sound like a no-brainer, but when we aren’t feeling our best we tend to slack on the things that we should be doing. When it comes to EDS, POTS, and MCAS (all of which I have), it is sooooo important to get in as much fluids as possible. On days where I feel not so great, I tend to sleep more and forget about drinking the amount of water that I should, which is at least 48 ounces (in fact, POTS patients probably need even more than that). However, not drinking enough water will just make you feel worse-don’t put yourself through extra torture and just drink your water-or any other fluids with salt and electrolytes! 🙂
3. Do something that you enjoy. On days where you are feeling icky, you need to give yourself some extra love and care. So, do something that makes you happy. Whether it is reading a favorite book, watching a favorite or funny movie, sitting outside in the sun (with sunscreen, of course!) or doing an art project, doing activities that put a smile on your face will automatically boost your mood and help you to feel better.
4. Set a goal for the day. This is one of the best things that you can do when you are feeling down. If you set at least one goal for yourself, you will feel more productive and it will be that much more rewarding when you complete the goal. This goal could be big or small; it could be anything. For example, you could set a goal to read a certain amount of pages in a book or read for a certain amount of time. If you are taking classes, you could dedicate a time slot for some studying, or you could make a point to make your bed if you rarely do that (I know that is something that I seldom do seeing as I spend a lot of time in my bed. That being said, I always feel so much better when it is nice and neat as opposed to messy). Whatever your goal may be, set it and plan on accomplishing it before the day is over. It will make you feel better just to know that you achieved a task and finished something that you wanted to accomplish.
5. Help and support others. This is a really helpful task for me to complete when I am feeling sick, anxious or sad. I have found that it is much better to stop focusing on myself and put my energy into helping or supporting others in some way. It makes me feel good to get outside of myself and talk with a friend and help them out if they are struggling, or to reach out to people who you know could use a helping hand.
So that is my list of things to do when you are NOT feeling your best. Hopefully these ideas can help all of you to feel better on ‘off’ days. Have a great weekend everyone!