SACAP psychiatrist From Surviving to Thriving Mental Wellness: 12 Great Tips To Get Out Of That Funk!
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Here are 12 great tips to getting you through those days… or even just that moment.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa (13 January 2021) – ‪This lockdown can make us feel like our emotions are all over the place and what is happening in the world can start to feel very overwhelming. But we must not forget that there is always hope!‬

At times it can feel like we’re going through this alone, but we are not. We are all in this together – separated in our houses – but all together, and that’s how we get through this… together!

And some days you may feel sh*tty. But here are some great tips to getting you through those days… or even just that moment.

12 Great Tips To Get Out Of That Funk!

  1. Shower. Not a bath, a shower. Use water as hot or cold as you like. You don’t even need to wash. Just get in under the water and let it run over you for a while. Sit on the floor if you gotta.
  2. Moisturize everything. Use whatever lotion you like. Unscented? Poundland lotion? Fancy 48-hour lotion that makes you smell like a field of wildflowers? Use whatever you want, and use it all over your entire dermis.
  3. Put on clean, comfortable clothes.
  4. Put on your favourite underwear. Cute black lacy panties? Those ridiculous boxers you bought last Christmas with candy cane hearts on the butt? Put them on.
  5. Drink cold water. Use ice. If you want, add some mint or lemon for an extra boost.
  6. Clean something. Doesn’t have to be anything big. Organize one drawer of a desk. Wash five dirty dishes. Do a load of laundry. Scrub the bathroom sink.
  7. Blast music. Listen to something upbeat and dancey and loud, something that’s got lots of energy. Sing to it, dance to it, even if you suck at both.
  8. Make food. Don’t just grab a choccy bar to munch. Take the time and make food. Even if it’s a baked tattie, add something special to it, like a soft boiled egg or some veggies. Prepare food, it tastes way better, and you’ll feel like you accomplished something.
  9. Make something. Write a short story or a poem, draw a picture, colour a picture, fold origami, crochet or knit, sculpt something out of clay, anything artistic. Even if you don’t think you’re good at it. Create.
  10. Go outside. Take a walk. Sit in the grass. Look at the clouds. Smell flowers. Put your hands in the dirt and feel the soil against your skin.
  11. Call someone. Call a loved one, a friend, a family member, call a chat service if you have no one else to call. Talk to a stranger on the street. Have a conversation and listen to someone’s voice. If you can’t bring yourself to call, text or email or whatever, just have some social interaction with another person. Even if you don’t say much, listen to them. It helps.
  12. Cuddle your pets if you have them/can cuddle them. Take pictures of them. Talk to them. Tell them how you feel, about your favourite movie, a new game coming out, anything.

May seem small or silly to some, but this list might get someone through that moment and ultimately save their life!

Keep holding on.


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