Pulling yourself out of a bad time is hard, especially when all you want to do is sleep. Read this for some helpful tips and help to get yourself going.
As you know, I’ve been a bit MIA recently and have really struggled to get back into the blogging world.
However, after a much needed break, I’m back. I needed to spend some time by myself for a while and ignore social media. I’m back refreshed and ready to go. This post is a little shorter than it would usually be, but I’m trying not to overwhelm myself right now (I’m sure you understand!).
Okay so firstly – disclaimer. I’m far from perfect and find it difficult to pull myself out of a funk, too. When I’m stressed and anxiety likes to control me, the last thing I want to do is pull myself together. All I want to do is play on my phone and watch TV in bed.
But, there’s nothing healthy about hiding away from the world, and it’s a good idea to have some tools in your arsenal to help you out of it.
Here are my best tips to help you get out of a funk, and back to normality:
Keep a (very manageable and small) to-do list
The last thing you want to do when you’re feeling down is motivating yourself. That’s why I always recommend keeping a small to-do list for everything you need to sort out.
I know that this might be easier said than done when you struggle even to brush your hair in the mornings. But, having a to-do list gives you a sense of accomplishment when you tick something off, and you can reward yourself once you’ve completed a task.
If it helps, put the simplest of tasks down on your to-do list. Here are some examples to help you look after yourself (self-care anyone?):
- Have a bubble bath
- Take the rubbish out
- Tidy one room of your house
- Throw out some clothes you don’t wear anymore
- Help out a neighbour
- Write in your journal
All of the above are really great ideas to add your to-do list. Not only will you feel better for doing them afterwards, they all have their own benefits to your wellbeing.
Ticking off some of these from your to-do list are a sure fire way to bring yourself out of an anxiety funk.
Take time away from social media and mobile devices
There have been numerous studies that show that screen time is bad for you and your mental health. Millennials are growing up with high levels of anxiety and depression for this very reason.
Using devices before bed creates a disturbed and restless night of sleep, not to mention the other social impacts social media has on us.
So this point may come as no surprise to you really. What can you do to limit social media and device usage? Here are some for you:
– Have SPECIFIC times when you check social media. As a blogger, I have to be careful how much time I actually spend on it – before I know it, it can be hours later. It’s really not good for you.
– Remember that social media shows the best of everyone’s lives. No one puts their tedious/monotonous lives on show, why would they? Don’t compare yourself and get jealous. Everyone has it crap sometimes.
– Use social media to keep up with friends and family, rather than just for the numbers. Why are we all so obsessed about numbers and how many followers we have? Those that matter don’t care how many people follow you, so nor should you.
Motivate yourself by rewarding the little things
We’re always so hard on ourselves. Why do we not reward ourselves more when things go to plan? I know I certainly don’t. Writing this blog post today has been a struggle but I’m going to reward myself that’s for sure.
But really though – reward yourself. When you do something you’re proud of, treat yourself! Whether it’s simply getting up in the morning, to acing that interview – do something to celebrate it. It doesn’t need to be big, just make it so you can acknowledge your little win.
That’s it for today! I hope this has proven a little bit useful in showing you that we are all VERY human, and all suffer the same obstacles as each other. Let’s not be so hard on ourselves, and take time for ourselves once in a while.
After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup!
P.S. you’re still very welcome at the private anxiety Facebook group I currently run, too. Just click the image below to go there now.