We all wake up sometimes and immediately know we’re not feeling quite ourselves, and we’re unlikely to feel better as the day goes on.
Sometimes we know the reason why we’re feeling this way and other times we don’t, which makes it all the more frustrating.
I had an “off” day last week and I didn’t really understand why. I didn’t have anything to worry about (other than work but that’s normal for me), nothing vital that had to be done, and the day was chilled. I could only conclude that I got too much sun the day before and the heat made me tired and a bit irritable. That evening I watched the film One Day because I felt like I needed to cry, not from unhappiness but I just felt that I needed to let something out and crying was the only way to do it. Safe to say watching One Day for the millionth time helped me a lot, and I went to bed afterwards and got a good nights sleep which always helps…
The next morning I was still a bit “off” and wanting to sleep and have cuddles, but I had things to do and organise on my blog that I needed to keep on top of. However, differently from the day before I knew I couldn’t sit around feeling sorry for myself again but instead, do something to get me out of this “off” feeling. I think a lot of feeling “off” is to do with our every day lives, and so I have come up with a few ideas that I think might help you guys out as well as myself, and they’re all pretty simple!
1. Make sure you’re hydrated- sometimes we forget the importance of keeping ourselves topped up with water. Being hydrated helps us feel alert, focused and reduces the risk of headaches (and this can worsen our mood).
2. Eat good food- fruit, veg and all them natural foods you have in your house. You may not believe but I think we feel bad when we eat bad, and feel good when we eat good!
3. Get some fresh air- one way or another fresh air is going to wake you up and as stupid as this sounds- feel alive! Go for a walk, sit in the garden, anything to get an hours worth at least of fresh air.
4. Pamper yourself- if you’ve read one of these similar tips posts before you know that I love to pamper myself by having a bath with candles, bath bombs, salts, music- the lot! You’ll feel a million times better.
5. Take some time out from social media/socialising in general- this sounds mean and awful to a lot of us but sometimes just having your own time without interaction can let you have some thinking and evaluate why you’re feeling off. We may not know the answer but shutting yourself off from anything with a screen can be a godsend to help you think through your thoughts and clear your mind. I find that meditating with the Calm app helps me to do this a lot (this post isn’t sponsored by them by the way I just love their app so much!).
The important thing I’ve found when having these kinds of days is not ignoring. These days can roll into more days, weeks, and even months.
6. Do the things you like to do- a broad one but whether its watching your favourite film, visiting a friend, craft/knitting, gaming etc just give yourself some “me” time to lift your spirits that will try and help you to come out of the “off” day feeling.
7. Talk to someone- whether its a friend, family member, guardian etc, maybe you have something on your mind that has triggered this “off” day and you need some reassurance from someone else about the matter. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can lift a load off your mind, and in the long run its better for your mental health to relieve yourself of unnecessary. As my Gran says “a problem shared is a problem halved,” and she couldn’t be more right.
If you can just try at least one of those things I think you’ll help yourself out a lot, not just mentally but physically too.
What I aim to do on these kinds of posts is firstly to understand how your feeling but importantly to help you out by offering my personal advice to lift your spirits. It might not work every time, and it’s inevitable that we’ll have these off days but getting ourselves to smile at least once is an achievement in itself.