How to deal with a ‘down day’

Post by Margaret Daly, Anú Community Healthcare

Everyone has days where you feel down, where you experience negative feelings about everything! It can start off by getting up feeling cranky, maybe not having slept well and suddenly everything upsets you or you have a flat tyre on your car, you sit on your glasses or have a toothache and a big presentation in work! We all have those days but we should recognise them as being just what they are –  a ‘down day’.  Don’t deny anything – acknowledge to yourself that you are having this low mood, but then turn it around by doing something kind for yourself. 

  • Take time out to enjoy a nice cup of tea
  • Go for a short walk
  • Take a few long, slow breaths
  • Use positive self-talk.
  • Be grateful for the little things – try to see at least one
  • Treat yourself to a new candle or get your nails/hair done

Learn what is the most effective for you and keep note of it so that you can use it the next time you have a ‘down day’.

It is also important to use good positive days with enjoyable events to help you deal with negative feelings and ‘down days’. Importantly, when you are attending a happy event like a birthday party, or a night out with your friends, remember to have it!

Take the time to:

  • Absorb the event
  • Value/appreciate the event
  • Enrich it by making the most out of it and add to its significance by taking pictures (don’t post on social media until later though – remain present!)

Don’t forget, that all things pass and so will this ‘down day’.




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