When you are recovering from a mental health condition it is easier if you take one day at time. Sometimes you can have a difficult day yet on other days life can be easy. Sometimes things are going to get worse before it gets better. Below is a list of things you can do to boost your self esteem and overcome depressive thoughts. Some of the things may be challenging but others may be easy and fun. Try to do the task and don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t do them. Bottom line is you tried and rest assured the sun will shine in your corner.
Day 1: Get a notebook and start a journal. Spend 10 minutes writing down your thoughts and feelings
Day 2: Write 10 things that you like about yourself
Day 3: Pay a compliment to 3 people
Day 4: Phone or email an old friend to connect
Day 5: Cook a new dish
Day 6: Offer to help someone expecting nothing in return
Day 7: Forgive someone – in person, by phone, by email; if unreachable write your forgiving statement in your journal
Day 8: Compose an affirmation/mantra of 3 to 4 statements about how to maintain your mental well being
Day 9: Clean out your closet/ drawer/ cupboards: Give away / recycle / throw 5 things that are no longer necessary or useful.
Day 10: Ask someone to have a coffee with you
Day 11: Give someone a small gift
Day12: Watch a funny movie and have a good laugh
Day 13: Learn a new song
Day 14: Write down 20 things you are grateful for
Day 15: Drink 8 glasses of water throughout the day
Day 16: Eat a vegan diet – No milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and definitely no meat!
Day 17: Listen to your favourite music
Day 18: Brisk walk outdoors for 20 minutes
Day 19: Write 5 things that you want to have or achieve
Day 20: Go on You Tube and learn yoga ( for absolute beginners )