For the days when you can’t get out of bed

Mental illnesses tend to really make those days where you don’t want to get out of bed hit a lot harder. As someone who has suffered from clinical depression, I can tell you all for a fact that those days can hurt. But there are a few things that help, because sometimes the mere existence of a light that everyone else sees but you don’t isn’t going to help.

1. Make a playlist.

This takes very little effort, and you literally don’t have to get out of bed. It is also quite a repetitive task, which can help calm you.DSCF1878.JPGPick your favourite songs, or soft songs, or loud songs, or sad songs, or happy songs –whatever you want. Put them all in a playlist and play it. Sing along if you can.

2. Make your bed.

This one does involve getting out of bed, but then you can get back into a freshly made one. I’m a very restless sleeper, so this really helps be get back in order a little.

3. Have a drink.

No, not an alcoholic one. Is it cold? Be it tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or even just warm milk, make and drink something warm. Is it hot? Iced water, iced tea, juice, or even just cold milk. Avoid caffeine if it makes you anxious or jittery.

4. Find the right temperature.

This could be anything from grabbing another blanket to having a shower (I know, you don’t want to, but it’s good for you). If you’re uncomfortable, you’re going to be even less happy than you could be.

5. Nap.

I know you want to, but don’t sleep all day. Take a nap – it’ll help rejuvenate you without ruining your sleep schedule (and a regular sleep schedule is crucial).

6. Make a plan.

This is the time when you feel least like there’s anything to plan for, but it is up from here only if you let it be. As an obsessive planner and list-writer, days like this really throw a wrench in my plans. So I plan for it. Give yourself a regular sleep schedule, and a meal plan, water tracker, whatever it is that is one step to being even a little better, even if that is just planning to walk to the kitchen at some point in the day.

7. Eat properly.

The one thing I really throw out on bad days is eating. I either don’t eat, or eat too much. Sometimes eating Weetbix at three in the afternoon is the only meal I’ll have until someone makes me eat. You won’t want to, but even if it’s a matter of eating half a muesli bar for breakfast and a single slice of cheese for lunch, do regular meal times. Try and make them a normal-ish size for you, but if you can’t, that’s ok. Just make sure you eat something at typical meal times.

Look to the present with the future in mind, and to the future with the past in mind.


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