There are many things you can do when you’re having a bad day.
I myself didn’t have the greatest day today. I felt rather anxious and flat most of the afternoon, but I managed to get through it.
It can sometimes be hard to be positive when you are feeling low. It’s important to remember that it’s just a feeling and it will pass, however if you experience it often I strongly encourage you see your Doctor.
HAVING A BAD DAY IS NORMAL
As a starting point, when you experience worry or anxiety I find it best to first acknowledge and accept it.
When I first started seeing a psychologist, this was one of the first things I learned. If we can learn not to be scared of how we are feeling, we can eventually learn to gradually let it go.
This is not the same as trying to control how you are feeling. If you try to push away or force yourself to not feel anxious, you end up focusing on the feelings more.
If you can learn to accept the feelings as they are though, you will begin to teach your brain that these feelings are ok and are nothing to fear.
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Of course I must continue to point out that I am no professional, nor do I claim to be. I’m just sharing with you what I find works for me.
I also confess that writing these blog posts help in reducing my own anxiety. It’s essentially a journal that I’m putting out into the world for all to read.
HAVING A BAD DAY WILL HAPPEN TO EVERYONE
Previously I was scared of how people would react when they heard I wasn’t feeling myself. That I was feeling depressed and anxious, and continually worrying about my health.
Then it occurred to me: what does it matter what people think? I would much rather put words out into the world that may help someone like myself that is struggling like I was, and sometimes still do.
It’s a learning curve, a little bump in the road to your next destination.
Most importantly, when you’re having a bad day, be kind to yourself. Do something that makes you happy, and puts a smile on your face.
It could be as simple as having a cup of tea and reading your favourite book, doing some gardening or playing a video game.
Exercise is also a very good way to improve your mood. Go for a brisk walk or run, and focus on your surroundings. Getting out into nature has been proven as a natural way to boost your mood, so get walking!
The idea is to distract your mind from the worry, but do something that is likely to improve your mood.
Don’t be so harsh on yourself. We all have bad days, but eventually clouds will part and the sun will shine through.
Just give it time.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing distress you can reach out to Beyond Blue: Beyond Blue’s support line is available 24/7.
Lifeline: For crisis support, Lifeline provides a 24/7 line, as well as online resources on a range of issues.