Mental health and wellbeing matters: a flat day

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A few words on the kind of day that just doesn’t seem to be going to plan, and a thought or two on how to get through it.

Hello and welcome to the spot on the site where we chat about mental health, wellbeing, and the things that may be affecting you, or people around you. We’ve been running this weekly series of articles for a couple of years now, and intend to keep the going for a couple more. We fully appreciate that not every article is right for every person, but hopefully over the archive, there’s something in there that’s of use to you.

This time, we’re just chatting about the kind of day where you just can’t seem to get going. Not where things go on like that for weeks and moments, the kind of thing we talk about quite often in this series. But just the day when you need to get a lot done, perhaps, and you just can’t seem to do right from wrong.

Who knows why? People may be being moody with you, and you don’t know why. It might be that you can’t seem to get a single job on the to do list done, even though some of them just be easy enough to tick off. Perhaps just a feeling of lethargy too.

As with most articles on this site, there’s no magic solution to this. Rather, just a thought: you can’t win every day. Some days are just, organically, a bit rubbish, and you may never quite understand why. Maybe you’ve not had enough sleep, maybe you’re a bit under the weather, maybe you’re not feeling it. But generally, there’s not an awful lot of point fighting it. Sometimes, we just need to accept that a day isn’t going well, get through it, try and get a good night’s sleep, and try again tomorrow.

Again, when this becomes a trend it’s different. But as a one off, treat it as such. That doesn’t mean don’t try and find some light in there somewhere: maybe go for a walk, watch a film, read a different book. But – touch wood – we’re all going to live a lot of days. Even mathematically speaking (sorry!), they can’t all be good ones.

If a rubbish day starts to turn into two rubbish days, then a rubbish week, then a rubbish month, then please do talk to someone, or do something to address it. But sometimes, it’s okay I’d suggest to let one go.

You all take care and look after yourself. This feature will return next week.

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