Comfort Comes First

Hello readers! We are now on Day Seven of Blogmas and boy is writer's block hitting me good. I made a commitment to do Blogmas and that's what I'm gonna do! It's a struggle, but I can do it! So, now that we got that out of the way, what exactly am I discussing?

This was a topic I wanted to talk about, but I didn't really know how to get it out there. I still don't know how, but I'll do my best. As someone that struggles with depression and anxiety, there can be days where I have no energy to do anything. I don't have energy to get out of bed, I don't have energy to make food, I don't have energy to do anything. All I can properly do is lay in bed and cry my feelings out. It's the worst feeling honestly.

So when one struggles with having energy or any sort of motivation to do anything when dealing with mental health, what can be done? Well, here's some tips I have used, and still use, that have helped me to cheer up just a little bit, get some sort of energy, or get the motivation to do something. Of course, as I always state, my tips may not work for others, but it never hurts to give it a try.

Now I'm going to break down my tips on how to get yourself out of a funk in two different categories: if you're unemployed/have a day off and if you work. My mental health has flared up big time in both situations, so I got some tips, that have helped me greatly, that may help you out.

If You Are Unemployed/Have a Day Off
-Blast happy or upbeat music. This really gets me going to be motivated and do something. For me, I have a playlist of music that gets me going on YouTube as well as jam out to certain music genres on Pandora. If you want a website that specifically plays music for certain occasions, themes, whatever, I highly recommend 8track.
-Binge watch a show. It can either be a favorite show or a new one. For me, when I'm extremely down, I start watching videos on YouTube I know makes me laugh (a lot of them are Lets Play videos). Recently, I've been watching a lot of anime since I haven't in years. Binge watching is a good distraction.
-Start a new hobby. There's tons of hobbies you can do just sitting in your bed. It can be learning a new craft, learning a new language, or even reading a good book. Finding and starting a hobby that you've wanted to do is a great opportunity when you're struggling to get out of bed.
-Treat yo self (heh, Parks and Recreation reference there). What do I mean by that? It can be anything! Taking a really nice bubble bath, putting on a face mask, making a cake in a mug (I highly recommend the Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 in the confetti cake flavor), or treating yourself to some yummy coffee. You deserve to feel happy, so don't let your mental health ruin your day and treat yo self to something nice because you deserve it!

If You're A Working Class Citizen/Go To School
Now a course a lot of what I listed above you can do when you work or attending school, but it can be hard. It was very hard to do many of those things when I was working because I would wake up super early, go to work, head home, cook dinner, and sleep. If you're able to do those things while working, I also recommend you do!
-Listen to a podcast. When I worked at my old job, on times I was scanning paperwork or filing, I would listen to some podcast. It really kept my mind off the depression and helped me at ease. There's a lot of podcasts I listen to, but a lot of them aren't...family friendly? So I don't know if I'd recommend the ones I listen to.
-Listen to calming music. It's the same as listening to upbeat music, but it can be difficult to break into dance when you're at work. There's a ton of calming music I'd listen to that kept me relaxed. I listened to a lot of piano or instrumental music, and with that as background, it relaxed my mind.
-Talking to people. I know this can be kind of a weird suggestion. When you're struggling with depression or anxiety, why would you want to talk to anyone? At any job I worked at, whether it was talking to guest/patients or co-workers, it really helped me not think about my sad thoughts when I was speaking to someone. This is coming from someone that is very shy and quiet in work spaces, but just talking to someone or people really kept those thoughts out of my head. By talking to people, it allowed me to focus on the person or people and the conversation rather than the dreadful thoughts.

As I said before, a lot of these tips may not work for you, but I wanted to share with you tips that you can try, that have helped me, when you're not comfortable due to mental health. In the comment section, let me know what you do to give yourself energy or stay focused when depression or anxiety or whatever mental health gets you down. As always, like, comment, subscribe, and share, and I'll see you tomorrow for Blogmas Day Eight!

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