Hello! Is there anybody out there? Man, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve touched my poor blog. Oh how I’ve missed it! I couldn’t even remember how to log on! I have had so many changes in my personal life (more on that later) this year and it feels like things are finally getting back into a groove. While waiting in the car line, so I saw a post on a Facebook group about a NaBloPoMo writing challenge (short for National Blog Posting Month). They give you a writing prompt for every weekday in November and the challenge is to post once a day. This is just the kick in the arse that I need! I don’t have to think of a prompt, just write. That is challenge enough for me these days. So for today, November 1st, the prompt is “When you’re having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do to help yourself?” I think the hardest thing about this is recognizing that you actually are having a bad day. When you’re deep in the trenches it can sometimes be hard to realize that mentally things just aren’t going well. I know that I’ve struggled with situational depression for years and have gone on and off of antidepressants since I was a teenager. I’m currently taking them now. I tried to decrease the dosage a few months ago and quickly realized that wasn’t a good idea! I’m going to create a list of things I use to help myself.
- Go for a walk
- Spend some time outdoors
- Spend good quality time with my kids
- Organize something that’s been weighing on me
- Embrace change
- Read a book
- Watch a funny movie (I normally can’t sit still long enough to watch a movie from beginning to end, but a few days ago I watched The Minions and laughed so hard I woke the whole family up).
- Take a hot bath
- Just go to bed
- Have a glass of wine
Yep, that’s about it. I think my favorite two things in that list are spending time with my kids and reading a book. My kids can always make me smile and there’s nothing better than getting lost in a good book. I hope you have found ways to cope when you’re down and I would love to hear what they are!