Ever had a bad day or a series of bad days and thought to yourself: “You know what? I’m just not gonna do anything today and have a self care day for my mental health,” then proceeded to not accomplish anything all day? If indulging in chocolate and skipping your daily workout is your idea of a good mental health day, then you might want to rethink that.
It’s good to give yourself a break and it’s good to take some time off for yourself but remember that too much of anything can be bad. Although getting a pedicure or treating yourself are great ideas to blow off steam (and we highly recommend you get them), may we also suggest the less preferred methods such as accomplishing long overdue tasks and chores which may actually produce longer lasting benefits?
Write down those menial and annoying tasks that don’t take much time and effort but for some reason you never got to, and get them over with. Change that loose screw or your beddings. You’ll find that even small tasks can bring some sense of relief especially when the results give immediate gratification. No more squeaky sounds and crisp clean linens? Yes, please. Plus, think of the release you get from being free from this bugging that’s been going on at the back of your mind.
If you want even bigger satisfaction, I highly recommend cleaning. Declutter your room or organize your closet. You’ll find that a clean space translates to an organized mind. Donate old things that have been taking up space and you’ll feel better about being able to let go of old stuff, both literally and metaphorically, while simultaneously helping random people. Your future self will thank you later when things start to get hectic again, but the stress of a cluttered room is gone and things are much easier to find. Should your room become a terrible mess once more, you’ll have an easier time cleaning up because you’ve had a head start.
Of course, decluttering and cleaning can also be applied to your social media and phone gallery. Unfollow, unfriend, unsubscribe, and delete. Your safe space is not limited to physical space but extends to your internet and phone space as you spend just as much time on our gadgets. Ask yourself, “Which one sparks joy and which one sparks pain?” and approach them accordingly. Prevention is better than cure and a healthy environment ensures a healthy mind. It’s okay to indulge in things that make you feel better such as comfort food and movie marathons—we all need those days— but we should also know when to draw the line so we don’t end up with more regrets or stress. As Uncle Iroh said, “Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not,” so make it a good one by making better choices.