In my opinion, we all need mental health days, whether we have a mental health condition or not. So I thought I’d write about what I do when I need a mental health day.
I’ve mentioned before that crochet is one of my favorite things to do when I need a day to relax. For me, my physical health plays into my mental health, for sure, so when I’m really fatigued, I have to listen to that, and sometimes it can really get me down. The last week and a half or so has been like that. With the weather change comes pressure change and I’m down physically for a bit. When this happens, I really need to watch my mental health, because I can spiral down pretty quickly. I had a touch of anxiety yesterday, feeling so tired but pushing through it so Jayden could have a good long walk. My mind starts going and I’m already thinking about how tired I’m gonna be and yesterday it actually brought on a mild anxiety attack as I rode with Dave to the historic neighborhood for Jayden’s walk. It helped to talk about it and I was able to keep the tears away.
Ok I got kinda sidetracked, but my point was, that I can get really down during the bouts of fatigue. So deciding to crochet to a book really helps. I feel like I’m being productive through the fatigue and creativity also helps.
Being on the computer is also something I enjoy when I’m in a fatigue, though sometimes even that is too much. Blogging helps, especially doing this series, and talking with my online friends is great to help with the lonliness that the fatigue causes.
My new hobby, writing, is huge too. It’s pretty awesome to suddenly get a brain wave, run to the computer and begin writing, letting the creativity pour out of me. It’s instant gratification too, since I can instantly read what I’ve created.
I can’t leave out baseball, either. The excitement it brings, the anticipation waiting for the game to start, the whole experience, is great for my mental health.
And animals. Oh, the animals. Except I think I might kill Timmy. After his escapes, he just whines by the door, driving me mad! But Jayden, my therapy dog, is such a huge help for my mental health. When I need affection, he’s right there to give it to me, giving me kisses or cuddling. He brings me so much joy!
So those are some of things I’ve found that help when I’m having a low mental health day. What do you do?