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August 2019

Mental Health

6 Tactics I Use To Get Out Of Bed Each Morning

There are many moments that you struggle with when you suffer with mental health. You can be struck at any time of day or night. When I’m at a particularly low mood or sometimes get overwhelmed by something negative, I find it nearly impossible to get myself out of bed in the morning.

Morning

You don’t just get affected mentally but sometimes also physically. At the time I’m writing this (on the Sunday prior), I’ve had one of those mornings so I thought it would be therapeutic to chat about how I get myself up out of bed when I’m really struggling. My little tactics are what work for me personally (not all the time but most of the time) since everyone is different, but maybe they can help you create some of your own.

My 6 Morning Tactics On Low Mental Health Days

think about my parents:

This is a right hook to the feels for my brain! My parents are vital to my life even if they are no longer here. They fought for me when I was born 3 months premature and was told I might not survive at 2lbs but they knew I would! Both of them worked nearly their whole lives and, even though every life is different, I still use them as an example to get me up. It’s almost impossible but I do.

Have an emergency back-up:

What I mean by an emergency back-up is something special that you love to do but don’t do too often. It could be going to see a film you’ve been excited for, going for afternoon tea somewhere local or, for me, it’s visiting my nearby cat cafe! Cats always have a way to cheer me up because they just slump next to you and just chill without expecting much fuss! An added bonus is that the people who run it understand mental health so don’t push me to chat.

Force yourself:

Tough love! This is something I use on my medium low days when my brain is really getting me to stay in bed and I have an appointment to get to. This tactic doesn’t always work because it sometimes ends up making me feel worse but, if I do feel an inkling of stubbornness, then I force my legs and body right up!

Write a to-do list:

I’m all about lists! I don’t know what it is about writing them that I love so much but it just makes me feel productive even if I don’t tick all the points off! My days don’t tend to have much routine (even if I desperately wish it did) so I have to give myself chores to do each day to get me out. I’ve been adoring my bullet journal for this lately and I usually get an inkling the night before if I’m going to have a low day. I don’t so much give myself a day off because sitting in my flat with my noisy neighbours makes it all worse but I’m a little more relaxed if I don’t tick off every single point.

Drink a lot of water:

Okay…this point is a bit of a crazy one but it works. If I drink a lot of water either the night before or during the night then you know what will end up happening. Nature likes to help me kick mental health up the tush!

Have a friend text you:

You don’t have to go out on these low days. If the weather is bad and you know that your mental health will be made worse surrounded by people then socialise a different way! Have a friend who you will be honest with about how you’re really feeling text you. You might not be able to cope with strangers but there is something nice about having someone care. I usually leave my phone next to me in bed so I can chat with gifs and improve my mood enough to get up.

If you struggle to get out of bed on low days, what are your tactics to get out of bed
or do you give yourself that low day?

Lifestyle

Introducing My Spotify Playlists

spotify

I’ve had a on/off relationship with Spotify over the years. I have had an account for a while but the whole premium  element and ads always put me off. It wasn’t until I saw that you could get 30 minutes of ad-free music and putting up with noisy neighbours that I decided to give Spotify another chance!

Now I’ve been using it for just under a month, I figured I would give you guys a look into my head and what weird and wonderful things I have in my playlists!

Music that makes me feel better

Music has always been a great music up-lifter! Both my parents loved listening to music and, as a child of the 90s, we had such an incredible decade of bands and singers! This playlist is jam-packed full of songs that make me feel more positive or leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling. It really is a big look inside my head in terms of seeing what I love listening to over and over again. Some you might expect/know I love and others might surprise you! The fact that Spotify has some of my odd favourites was a shock to me! Haha.

Some examples:

  • It’s The Way You Make Me Feel (Steps)
  • Take on Me (A1)
  • Sacrifice (Elton John)
  • In Too Deep (Sum 41)
  • DNA (Little Mix)
  • Popular (Wicked: Original Broadway Cast)
  • We Built This City (Starship)

Welcome to my childhood (I’m still there!)

As the title says, welcome to my childhood! All of these songs are ones that I grew up with as a kid (yep, most of them are Disney!) or I’ve adored from recent kid films over the last few years. I always believe that it doesn’t matter what age you are when you watch a film you’ll still enjoy it! You’ve obviously seen something you liked from a trailer or TV tease so why deny yourself from watching a great film! Some of my best moments have been in cinemas watching films surrounded by families and me giggling to a scene on my own. Not sad at all! I have an amazing time!

Some examples:

  • I Just Can’t Wait To Be King (The Lion King)
  • Rotten To The Core (Descendants)
  • Stick to the Status Quo (High School Musical)
  • Achy Breaky Heart (Billy Ray Cyrus)
  • In Summer (Frozen)
  • Fame (Irene Cara)

An Old Soul (blame my parents!)

Like I said earlier my parents loved listening to music so is it really a surprise that I would end up falling in love with some of the bands/songs that they listened to most. A few have some real nostalgia to them and others make me sad but I still listen because it has that connection. A lot of what my mum and dad loved came from the 60s and 70s ranging from country to rock. One of the connections I have is with a singer called Johnny Cash. Once a year we would drive up to Stranraer so Mum and I could cross over to Northern Ireland. Obviously it was a long trip up to Scotland and 8-year-old me tended to get bored quite easily so my dad would lend me his Johnny Cash cassette to play in my walkman. I would listen to both sides over and over and there are some songs that just made me think of Dad!

Some examples:

  • Get It On (T-Rex)
  • I’m a Believer (The Monkees)
  • Telstar (The Tornados)
  • A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash)
  • You Win Again (The Beegees)
  • Thank You For The Music (ABBA)
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)

Time To Relax

This playlist is just like it says: it’s to help me to relax! My mental health and Fibromyalgia means I’m super tense or left anxiety so I need moments where I can just lie in my room or somewhere quiet to calm myself down. A lot of this contains some of my favourite chill film soundtracks along with singers I just find really calming.

Some examples:

  • This Is Berk (How To Train Your Dragon)
  • Only the Beginning of the Adventure (Chronicles of Narnia)
  • The Hanging Tree (Jennifer Lawrence, James Newton Howard)
  • Clocks (Coldplay)
  • Theme from Harry’s Game (Clannad)
  • Scarborough Fair (Celtic Woman)

What are on your Spotify playlists?