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    Its important every day to make sure we do something that benefits and improves our happiness and well-being every day, especially when we suffer from MH problems.

    It can be anything - big or small. What have you done today to look after yourself and improve your mood?

    For me today - I spent time with my cats. They always perk me up and put a smile on my face no matter what :love: :yep: I also went out for a walk in the sunshine :yep:
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    I got up at 1pm BUT I did go to the gym so it's not all bad.
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    Went to the gym to break some PR's. Then spent the rest of the day with my family
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    Can someone list things to do to look after your mental health I'm personally going through a depressive stage and I just feel like giving up I hate everything I randomly feel like crying I could go on but don't want to bore you
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    Can someone list things to do to look after your mental health I'm personally going through a depressive stage and I just feel like giving up I hate everything I randomly feel like crying I could go on but don't want to bore you
    Sorry to hear this :hugs:

    Have you been to your GP about this? If not, I would suggest that to see if there's any meds/therapy they can offer you.

    As for self help, I would recommend trying to get as much sleep as you can, avoid alcohol if you do drink, try and eat something - even if you don't have much of an appetite, talk to someone - be it a trusted friend or family member or even someone online such as on a dedicated MH forum like MHSS on here

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    Can someone list things to do to look after your mental health I'm personally going through a depressive stage and I just feel like giving up I hate everything I randomly feel like crying I could go on but don't want to bore you
    keep talking to people and trying to be social even if you don't feel like it you have to try your hardest to try and keep your networks open. I find that the longer I hid away and feel sorry for my self the harder and longer it takes me to get back to "normal" also you could never bore someone with your mental health. chatting on here is really good, try and let out and share as much as you can so that people can share back with you and help you feel as if you are not alone <3
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    Nothing really, kind of done the opposite by being self destructive. Suppose i should try harder to make myself feel better but it's hard when nothing really cheers me up long term and i just go back into this depressive state. Idek if you would call it that though as that would imply down which it is but it's also angry and tearful in equal measure, like someone has turned up all the negative emotions.
    Could sleep earlier i guess, would be a start
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    I meditated, it pulled me out of a small episode of depression. First time I've done this as well.

    I used an app called Insight Timer to meditate, would recommend.
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    Not quite a "today" thing, but the biggest thing i'm doing at the moment to help my mental health is... well nothing.
    I have health issues that give me low energy and have overworked myself a lot in the past causing a big impact on my mental health. So right now what I'm doing is sorting out the health issues I have and taking it easy.
    I did get into a pattern after a crash of doing a bit too much nothing though, so I'm also trying to do small things that don't take up too much energy but keep me a bit more mentally stimulated and less of a zombie.

    Been out a few times this week so I think today will be spent doing less demanding stuff- maybe a bit of drawing to feel productive.
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    (Original post by CoolCavy)
    Nothing really, kind of done the opposite by being self destructive. Suppose i should try harder to make myself feel better but it's hard when nothing really cheers me up long term and i just go back into this depressive state. Idek if you would call it that though as that would imply down which it is but it's also angry and tearful in equal measure, like someone has turned up all the negative emotions.
    Could sleep earlier i guess, would be a start
    :hugs:Sounds like today you could help yourself by being nice to yourself. You seem to be beating yourself a little right now so maybe remind yourself of something good you've done recently or do something small to boost yourself. I I'm feeling down and shaming myself a little I often find a quick shower and pamper works well. It relaxes me and makes me feel like I've done something.

    One of the biggest things you can do to help yourself with depressed feelings is to love yourself unconditionally.

    Seeping a bit more or just giving yourself more relaxation time sounds like a great idea too. Remember to tell yourself you deserve it and it's to help yourself. Angry and tearful sounds a lot like you need some chill time to me (It's how I get when I've pushed myself too much).

    Btw, have you been to see your GP about how you're feeling? That could be a good place to start things off if you haven't already.
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    Can someone list things to do to look after your mental health I'm personally going through a depressive stage and I just feel like giving up I hate everything I randomly feel like crying I could go on but don't want to bore you
    Sorry to hear you're not feeling great:hugs:
    First step is seeing your GP so if you haven't done that yet, book yourself an appointment and write down how you're feeling, any questions you have etc.

    You can check out some advice and info on mind.org and sane.org, but here's my advice.

    -Have a think about any stress you may be under and if you can reduce it.
    -Sleep and relax more.
    -Fresh air- even if it's just an open window while you have a nap.
    -Gentle exercise- whatever you can manage. Maybe a short bike ride, a wander into the garden or relaxing swim. Anything outside in fresh air is bonus points.
    -Find ways to entertain yourself that don't take too much energy. Things like colouring can be really soothing and you even get to keep a pretty picture.
    -Love yourself. Don't let your brain tell you you're not doing well or aren't good enough or anything else like that. You are awesome.
    -Talk. Socialising and talking about how you feel is a big help. That can be with friends or family, on here in the MHSS, in other forums, through therapy or counselling or through online services like the Samaritans email. Bottling things up is never good.
    -Let yourself feel how you feel and don't try to block it up. It's okay to cry or rant if you need to. You don't need a reason to be sad. If you feel that way just let it happen. You don't need to justify it or try to find reasons. Give yourself a moment to let it out then do something good for yourself (nice bath, listen to music etc) and remind yourself that you are still awesome.

    Hope that helps.
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    (Original post by Spock's Socks)
    Its important every day to make sure we do something that benefits and improves our happiness and well-being every day, especially when we suffer from MH problems...

    PRSOM but great thread!

    I've found from working in an office that it's really important to get some fresh air on my lunch break or to do some exercise. I find doing 30mins or so cardio at lunch really boosts my mood, but also a bit of yoga or Body Balance is super useful for calming the mind
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    Given that it's early in the morning, I'll explain what I did yesterday; I ate well, meditated and went for a 3 mile run. I run regularly and have done for years...it's helped me with both physical and mental health - I'd definitely recommend it to anyone feeling down/depressed - I've been there.
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    A bit early, but yesterday I did went to the gym and did a yoga class and I will have Personal Training at the gym today. Exercise helps with my anxiety. Escpecially running, but I struggle with the motivation for that one.
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    My cats woke me up at 6ish for more food and usually I just stay up and can't get back to sleep after that and then I feel like a zombie for the rest of the day but I managed to go back to sleep until 11am :woo:

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    :hugs:Sounds like today you could help yourself by being nice to yourself. You seem to be beating yourself a little right now so maybe remind yourself of something good you've done recently or do something small to boost yourself. I I'm feeling down and shaming myself a little I often find a quick shower and pamper works well. It relaxes me and makes me feel like I've done something.

    One of the biggest things you can do to help yourself with depressed feelings is to love yourself unconditionally.

    Seeping a bit more or just giving yourself more relaxation time sounds like a great idea too. Remember to tell yourself you deserve it and it's to help yourself. Angry and tearful sounds a lot like you need some chill time to me (It's how I get when I've pushed myself too much).

    Btw, have you been to see your GP about how you're feeling? That could be a good place to start things off if you haven't already.
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    Do try some sort of support yeah. I found my drs a bit useless, but with enough nagging I got referred to a psych who was really helpful. I found group therapy way better than counselling. I have bad feelings towards a specific counsellor and always found counselling in general just dragged stuff up and left it. Therapy was more productive for me.
    Exercise is great for clearing your head. People often take up running or cycling to clear their heads.
    :hugs:Just remember that thinking poorly of yourself is an issue for most mh issues so it's probably you who has the wonky view of yourself and all the other nice comments are true.
 
 
 
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