I’ve learned over the years how to deal with stress/anxiety/sadness like I did yesterday. Here’s the three step process for my “mental health day”:
- Cry if needed.
- Go workout hard.
- Do something fun or funny.
The first two steps can actually be done in reverse order, it really doesn’t matter. And for me they generally work best when not combined with normal activities like blogging, work, or social events. Basically I need some alone time to think about what is bothering me and cry and then workout to get endorphins to feel better and something funny to make me laugh again.
And as you can see, food isn’t anywhere on the list. It used to be my only coping mechanism really but now it’s not even on there. Sometimes I still use it but it’s not what actually works to help me feel better.
It’s good to know what works. I’m happy to have this in mind. Even though generally it sucks to get through bad days when hormones in my body are making me two steps short of insane (yeah, seriously), I prefer working through it to medication.
I forget my mom reads my blog (Hi Mom!). She likes to remind me when I have silent days or days without lots of pictures that I need to post more. So that’s what I’ll do later today after a fun 8 hours of working… promise!