10 Ways to self-care on a bad mental health day.

The day before yesterday, a horrid thought came to my mind and shook the earth beneath my feet.

I tried my best to get it out of my head. I tried deep breathing, I tried being mindful and focus on the task at hand, I tried diverting my mind, but to no avail.

it felt as if the thought was haunting me, frightening me and testing my patience. The panic was only growing by the hour and by evening, I could take it no more.

As luck would have it, my BFF messaged me and asked if we could talk. I called her up, instantly, and poured out my fears.

She listened patiently and then reasoned with me how my thought was just that–a thought–that I was only nurturing since morning by thinking about it on the loop.

What I had to do, instead, was replace the negative thought with a positive one and then hold on to it.

Focusing on that positive thought would help drive out the negative thought and I would feel better, she advised.

Whatever we think about strongly, is what the Universe sends our way, so why not think positive thoughts?

And, that’s just what I did. In a matter of minutes, I felt the panic leave my mind and calmness return.

What a treasure my BFF is; wonder what I would do without her!

As much as I work towards getting over my anxiety, there are days when my mental health isn’t in good condition.

There are fear, panic, anxiety, anger and every other emotion that pushes me over the edge.

However, I have realised that there will always be such days. Days, when my mental health will not be as good as I wish it was. But, there are certain things that can help me get over those scary moments and feel better.

Today, I am sharing 10 easy ways to self-care on bad mental health days. Easy, doable things that will definitely help you feel better.

Self-care on bad mental health days


1 Have a heart-to-heart talk with your closest friend/sister/mum. It helps immensely when others listen to your woes objectively and give you their point of view–which often makes sense!

2 Switch off your phone Wi-Fi, lest you keep scrolling through the social media and feel worse.

3 Binge-watch your favourite comedy shows.

4 Pick up a good book–a mystery, perhaps, or something light and frothy–and curl up in your favourite reading spot.

5 Sleep. Put your phone on silent and go off to sleep. Lack of sufficient sleep that worsens our mental health.

6 If cooking or baking is your hobby, then prepare your favourite meal. If not, order food from your favourite eatery.

7 Visit your beauty salon for a relaxing head massage or a mani-pedi.

8 Play some peppy songs and sing along, at the top of your voice.

9 On a paper, write down the thoughts that bother you. Read it aloud, once, twice, thrice, five times, or until you get fed up of reading it. Then, crumple the paper and throw it in the trash can.

10 Stand in front of the mirror and repeat your favourite affirmations till you feel the positivity sweeping through your entire being. Take a deep breath, smile and step outdoors for a walk in the fresh air!


Self-care is an important part of self-love.

Caring for our wellbeing is our responsibility towards ourselves, more so on days that seem difficult to go through.

Making self-care a priority on bad mental health days ensures quick recovery from such tough moments.

It takes a lot of patience, though, and diligence, at making our needs a priority. But, once you get into this habit, then it won’t take you long to notice the symptoms and come up with a cure!



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This post is written for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme this year is, ‘SELF-CARE’. You will find the rest of the A to Z posts here.


Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

9 thoughts on “10 Ways to self-care on a bad mental health day.

  1. Thanks for this list. While a mani pedi may be too much for me (they will need special effects to make me look more human nowadays), most of the rest including shutting off scrolling and browsing are actually very good points.

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  2. Switching off the Wi-Fi does help a lot. Tech-detox is a good thing to do. Also Sleeping and binnge watching πŸ˜‰ Maybe just pick up a good book to read. And yes writing down all the thoughts on a piece of paper. All points are very practical. Good post. Thumbs up!

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  3. Digital detox is a must for improving mental health atleast once a fortnight.
    Drinking chilled lemonade, ama-panna or watermelon juice helps thwart negative thoughts . It is better to have healthy drinks than stuff one-self with junk food. Reading a book besides the window sipping a cool drink will work best on a mental-cloudy day.
    Cleaning your clothes wardrobe is very cathartic. excess/unwanted garments can be discarded as well as not-so-good thoughts.

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  4. Shilpa you and I have the same coping mechanisms! One thing I confess I often do is grab a chocolate …. that’s bad but when I eat something sweet it kind of settles me down .

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