Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Happy Monday, I hope you've all got a lovely week planned!

But sometimes, our mental health has other ideas... When awful thoughts enter our heads, sometimes a distraction or two is needed. For those darker days, I hope you find this list helpful if you ever need it:

  • Do the housework

  • Cry it out

  • Have a bubble bath

  • Exercise

  • Do some yoga

  • Meditate

  • Deep breathing exercises

  • Meet up with a friend

  • Invite someone round

  • Have a cuppa

  • Treat yourself to a chocolate or two

  • Knit something

  • Sew something

  • Learn a new skill

  • Listen to music

  • Play an instrument

  • Dance like no one is watching!

  • Sing along to your favourite songs

  • Write a list of positive thoughts

  • Write a list of your favourite quotes

  • Crochet something

  • Hug someone (or a large soft toy!)

  • Look at some pictures that make you smile

  • Phone a helpline

  • Wash your face

  • Read a book

  • Play with a stress ball

  • Rip up some paper or card

  • Watch TV or a film

  • Write down your thoughts and destroy them safely

  • Write a poem or story

  • Wrap a blanket or duvet around yourself

  • Talk through your feelings with someone

  • Play computer games

  • Play any game

  • Have a nap (my personal fave!)

  • Pop some bubble wrap

  • Squeeze some clay or play dough

  • Bake something

  • Cook something

  • Go for a walk with a friend

  • Go on a run

  • Have a cold shower

  • Play with a puppy

  • Punch a punchbag

  • Draw something

  • Paint something

  • Focus on the senses, what can you smell?

  • Create your own distraction or self-care box

  • Be creative

  • Hold an ice cube

  • Complete a puzzle

  • Do some shopping

  • Tidy the garden

I hope you're feeling better soon!

Take care,

Sophie x

Disclaimer - As always, please bear in mind that I am not a mental health professional or any other type of professional, this is a hobby for me and is for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be seen as any kind of advice. I am not liable for any consequences as a result of this information and if readers rely on any of the information on my blog, it is at their own risk. I cannot confirm that all information is correct, accurate or reliable. The information is true to the best of my knowledge, yet there may be omissions, errors or mistakes. This information isn’t intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have, or believe to have, a mental illness, please contact a mental health professional.

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