We all have bad days. But when you’ve got mental health issues your bad day can really bring you down. So be kind to yourself and stop for one minute to think about what you can do about it.

I’m having a bad day. I’m tired, hormonal and my teeth hurt from the dental work I’m having done. It’s not a great combination for anyone! So I’m going to take care of myself. I’ve taken some ibuprofen for my teeth, I’ve got my yoga kit on and I’ve said no to a potentially stressful situation. I’m taking charge of my bad day.

So how can you help yourself? You need to really think about what will make you feel better. Do some meditation, have a long pause, sit and think for a few minutes. Reset your bad day and figure out what will turn it around. It’s ok to put yourself first. If you haven’t checked out my Chill Pill exercise, this should help you to build a set of tools to help you on days like today.

Also remember that it’s ok to have good days and bad days. Everyone has them. Your feelings are valid, it’s ok. But it’s not ok to let your bad day affect other people or to let it take over your life. Tomorrow really is a new day.

The key to turning your bad day around is to not indulge it. Get up, get dressed, choose to not have a bad day. If you’re feeling grumpy or angry, do not be reactive. Take yourself away from other people if they are aggravating you or if you think being around other people will help, give someone a call. If you’re feeling low or sad, get outside into nature and have a walk, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like. If you’re feeling stressed or uptight, do some exercise, get your heart rate up. There are a multitude of things that you can do to make yourself feel better, you have to be self-motivated and turn your day around. It’s on you I’m afraid!

Remember that tomorrow is a new day. You won’t feel like this tomorrow and if you do, it’s ok, this too shall pass.

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