I’ve been completely honest with my struggles with mental health, from calling the Samaritans to my history of eating disorders, so I decided that it’s time to share some tips on how to look after yourself when you’re feeling really low.
Be Kind To Yourself
This is the most important (and the hardest!) thing that you need to do when you’re struggling with your mental health.
It might seem difficult when you have those thoughts running through your mind, but being kind to yourself is the first thing you need to try and do.
Push those thoughts to the back of your mind and try not to dwell on them. Yes, I know that it’s easier said than done, but it’s not helping you right now.
Having a shower or bath is probably the last thing on your mind, but it’s a really easy way to wash away the cobwebs.
Showers don’t fix everything but life feels a little better when you allow yourself to just exist in water. As you feel the water washing shampoo out of your hair, or feeling your arms float in the bath just gives you a sense that you’re going to be ok. Maybe even give yourself a little face mask.
When you get out of the shower, change your pjs and tie your hair up. It’s a new start when you’re a clean human.
This one always helps me. I turn on the fire, get a cuppa and snuggle under a blanket.
There’s something about soft blankets that makes you feel safe, so find a really soft blanket and make it your self-care blanket.
For my birthday, my mum bought me a blanket with a hood and mittens attached so I can wrap myself up and give myself a cuddle at the same time.
I know that a lot of people put this on their lists, but you need to give yourself something that takes pressure off you.
Netflix has something for everyone. From tear jerkers like The Notebook, girl power ones like How To Be Single and some real laugh-out-loud films like Hitch, all you need to do is wrap yourself up and enjoy.
I’m not saying that you should shove cake in your face all day (as tempting as that might be…) but you should let yourself eat what your body wants to eat.
If you really love grapes, then get the whole punnet and eat away; if you really love Strawbs, then get yourself a bag.
This can be tricky if you live on your own and a down day has hit out of the blue.
Make yourself some pancakes with this super easy recipe from the BBC (my favourite recipe) but make sure you half the recipe or you’ll be eating pancakes for a week!