There is a whole lot of stigma around mental health issues nowadays and unfortunately, it still is not taken seriously enough by a lot of individuals in society. Having gone through a deterioration in mental health myself in the past, here are some of the ways I like to cope when I start to feel like I am relapsing or having a slightly down day.
Being a full time student but, also blogging and working part time too, can build up a lot of stress if not managed well enough. I like to use some coping mechanisms, as this a way of knowing that I am able to manage my conditions.
Going for a walk
Walking may sound like a whole lot of effort to many people however, I love going on a walk anywhere around town, or in a park, with my headphones in. Just by listening to some calm or uplifting music and breathing in the fresh air and surroundings around me, help to calm me down and make me feel relaxed. This can include walking around and window shopping too! Retail therapy is the best kind of therapy for me, although I am tempted to buy stuff sometimes, I just add it to the wishlist in my head...
Positivity Planners & Other Books
There are a lot of different books out in stores and online too in which you can write down you thoughts and focus on the positives to help outweigh the negatives, and also read through the empowering quotes and much more! Some of the ones that I like to use are actually from Paperchase (where I currently work now) and I know you may be thinking, Oh but you would say that, because you work there, but they are honestly really good. Here is the link to the 'My Mindful Mind Journal'. Another alternative could be this one off Amazon which can be viewed by clicking here. You could also just buy a plain notebook or use one you already have and just rant inside there about your thoughts and doodles yourself!
There are many Adult and Therepeutic colouring books available to purchase now instore and online. I personally own three, and love to colour inside them whenever I am feeling agitated and stressed to help calm me down. You can be as creative as you like and use only one colour, leave some sections blank, use glitter, or just colour in every different colour! I have had mine for a while now and purchased them from a shop called 'The Works' so I can't link the exact ones however, I have linked some alternatives just here.
Believe it or not, makeup is simply a face or art on the face which you are able to express however you would like to! I personally love to apply makeup to help make me feel more good about myself and put me in to a better mood. I especially love adding lots of highlighter on my cheekbones, as well as a dash of glitter to make it be super popping (ayyyy).
Listening to music
When it comes to music, I literally have the most varied music taste ever. The rhythm of a song can help make me feel super boosted and ready to face the day, especially on a morning when I am feeling super stressed and tired. Some of my favourite songs lately are 'IDGAF' by Dua Lipa and 'Without You' by Avicii. I have a music playlist of some of my favourite songs on YouTube which can be viewed by clicking here if you are interested....
Before I sleep at night after a long and hard day of work and college, I like to switch my phone off and detox my mind with a face mask on laying in bed and having a good read. This could be a magazine, a factual book, or even a fiction book. I generally like to mix things up, however I am currently reading a book which I was sent to review called 'Beyond The Spiral Gates' By Mutch Katsonga.
Last but not least, I love using Apps on my smartphone to help me with de- stressing and tracking my moods. One App I have been using recently. has been 'Thrive- Feel Stress Free', which I recently did a whole blogpost on that can be viewed by clicking here. It helps me maintain a balance from life and work, and has given me useful tips on how I can manage my stress levels and other mental health issues on a day to day basis.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and maybe found some of my own coping mechanisms as possible ones that you could use too! Let me know in the comments down below what your thoughts were. What do you think about using coping mechanisms? Do they help you too?
♡ PUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH FIRST♡
♡ YOU MATTER ♡
♡ MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT A PERSONAL FAILURE ♡
♡ SLOW PROGRESS IS STILL PROGRESS ♡