Concept: I am alone in a home overlooking a lake on a late autumn day. Huge glass windows cover the walls. The leaves on the trees outside are deep red and orange and are rustling in the wind. There are dark clouds rolling in and rumbles of thunder in the distance. The fireplace is lit and the wood is crackling. My tea is brewing, filling the room with an aroma of sweet spices. I have a book in my hand and a cat on my lap. This is my happy place.
you ever get those moments where everything around you just darkens? here are some tips on how to deal with those days.
get out of bed. i know it’s hard sometimes but you can do it!!! sit up, get your blanket off, stand up. there you go!
you need a little light in your life! and i mean actual light. pull up the blinds or the curtains aside, and if it’s dark outside turn on a lamp or two or all of them.
drink something! get a glass of water or a whole bottle. drink. remember that your body needs water! you can also get iced tea, orange juice, or whatever else you want… maybe even a hot chocolate.
eat something! whether it’s a banana or a sandwich, it doesn’t matter. give your body something to work with.
take a shower! rinse off, shampoo your hair, shave, stay there unmovingly for minutes on end — however you want. brush your teeth.
get clean, comfortable clothes!
have a pet? track it down. cuddle.
open your window wide (if you have one) and/or change your bedsheets. is there a better feeling than fresh, clean sheets? i dare say no
distract yourself! you could marathon your favourite show (make it as funny and uplifting as it gets! i recommend brooklyn 99), watch a movie, read a book, think of your otp kissing, draw, clean the house, knit, watch cat videos, write, … the options are endless. (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) (x) just remember: don’t strain your eyes too much.
talk to friends! and i mean the real ones. take a minute and think about who really cares about you, and then contact them. i know it’s cliché to say this, but 84% of the time it really helps. you can decide whether to talk about the issue at hand or something else entirely.
if you’re feeling up for it, go outside. get fresh air. feel the sun or wind on your skin. (it can be the balcony or your garden if you don’t want to go too far. that’s totally okay.)
make a to-do list! it doesn’t have to be long or particularly impressive, just make a plan for the day. write down things you want or need to do, like chores around the house, a shopping list, a wish list on amazon, whatever. make yourself something to look forward to.
feeling better? plan ahead! you might experience this again, so make something to remind you what to do the next time. write a letter to yourself or make a list. write down what makes you happy. write down what helped you feel better. future!you might not remember.
“we are not abandoned cars stalled out and sitting empty on some highway and if in some way we are don’t worry we only got out to walk and get gas” — shane koyczan