You know the feeling. You had a crappy morning and now you feel drained. So drained it takes everything you have to just move at all. You want to lay in bed for the rest of the day. Let’s not.
It’s not an uncommon feeling, especially attached to mental health conditions. But I’m not a doctor or a counselor so instead of focusing on the why, I want to explain how I snap out of those days. (Side note: if you believe you are showing symptoms of mental health problems, please seek the help of a trusted professional).
Before we get started, this list seems dumb. If you’ve never felt the way I described (first of all, that’s great), you may not understand why this list is so basic. The truth is, there are days when some people need a list of the bare minimum. Bad days happen and it’s all we can do to get by. So if you do find the list a bit basic, please try not to judge those who need it.
The first thing you need to know is that you’re going to have to force yourself, at least a little. You have to make yourself do each task on the list and it may not be easy. It helps to only think of the task at hand, instead of focusing on the whole list or what you’re trying to accomplish after. The second thing you need to know is that sometimes, this won’t help. Sometimes you might not be able to do the list. And that’s okay. Berating yourself will not help and may make it much worse.
1. Don’t focus on what you’re doing wrong.
I kind of just said this one, but it’s important. You can’t move forward unless you stop beating yourself up.
2. Change your clothes
Usually when this feeling comes on for me, I’m in my most uncomfortable work clothes or I’m still in my PJs. Even if you’re going from PJs to PJs, change your clothes. Something fresh will make you feel much, much better.
3. Comb your hair
I can’t speak for people with super short hair, but for me, this helps make things feel a bit more in place.
4. Wash your face
Would a full shower be better? Sure, but you’re going for the bare minimum right now. In fact, on the off chance this step is even a bit much, face wipes go a long way.
5. Brush your teeth
Again, if this is too much, at least swish with mouth wash. Anything you can do to get your mouth feeling fresh.
6. Drink water
90% of the time that I feel like this, I haven’t been drinking water. Force yourself through one 8oz glass, then refill it and sip it.
It helps to feel like you’ve moved around today, so I suggest trying an exercise that’s easier but doesn’t require a lot of preparation or effort. The key isn’t too workout, rather to get your heart beating slightly. Some great examples include:
- Jumping jacks
- High knee march
- Summo squats with side punches
- Jog in place
- Standing side crunch