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Bad days. We all get them. We probably know them all too well. But is your bad day more than just a bad day?

This can be a really hard reality to face, especially if you’ve been convincing yourself that you’re fine (I’m raising my own hand to that, for sure.)

Sometimes, depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental disorders can swallow us up without even realizing it. It goes like this:

One bad day. Okay that kinda sucked but tomorrow is a new day! Oh wait…tomorrow sucked, too. And so did the day after that…and the day after that. You have maybe a small streak of decent days, but then it gets worse. Then you realize that you don’t even know why you’re in a bad mood each day anymore, you just are.

From personal experience, this is a very real and honestly a bit of a scary process. Going through this can slowly make you realize that a mental illness is knocking at your back door. But it doesn’t have to catch you off guard.

Related: My Mental Health Story

Taking a step back to analyze your situation can make it easier. It’s never a simple thing to realize that there might be something else going on besides a bad mood, but I promise you, you’re not alone.

I’m here for you with steps on how to acknowledge that your bad day is more than just a bad day.

How to Acknowledge That It's More Than Just a Bad Day

Bad Moods Without Reason

Alright, so absolutely everyone is entitled to bad moods. They happen! But the important thing to note is when your bad mood has no identifiable cause. 

The next time you’re in a rough spot, figure out where it’s coming from: did you get in a fight with someone? Did you get a bad grade on an important assignment? Are you about to get your period? Did your dog pee on your bed?

Those are all super valid (especially the dog pee. That would set me off for days, lol.)

But if you’ve really taken the time and can’t find a legitimate reason to your moodiness, you might have a bigger problem. And honestly, it could be any number of reasons. Figuring out the reason behind it could mean talking to family and friends or maybe even a doctor. But you first need to understand that your moods aren’t for a specific reason that you already know of.

Sleeping Too Much or Too Little

Ah, sleep. I love sleep. Don’t we all?!

Our sleeping cycles can give us little hints into other parts of our health, too. If your bad days are more than just bad, your sleep schedule can be telling you more than you think about it.

Let me give a personal example. Back in November/December of 2017, my depression got bad. I wasn’t on any medication and I wasn’t really getting the help that I needed to get. I ended up sleeping way too much. I had an 8am math class that I literally skipped for a month straight so I could sleep and ignore the world. A MONTH STRAIGHT!! My depression just made me want to lay in bed all freaking day so I wouldn’t have to do anything.

Side note, I passed my final for that class with a C, and I honestly have no idea how I did it. Kudos to me, I guess, but I don’t recommend doing that move. 

But that’s just an example. Depression sometimes makes people sleep a lot and sometimes it makes them lose sleep. Anxiety is known for keeping people up at night (I can attest to that.) If you find you’re having multiple bad days in a row AND your sleep schedule is all out of whack, think of what other problems could be at play!

It’s also really important to figure out a way to sort your sleep cycle out. If you’re sleeping too much, I recommend setting an alarm in the morning that’s far away from your bed. That way, you have to get up to turn it off and you’re less tempted to just roll over and go back to sleep.

(When I struggle to fall asleep, I take Valerian Root. I use it to calm my anxiety and it does wonders to help me fall asleep!)

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and I do not know how certain products would affect you. If you want to try Valerian Root, consult your doctor first.

How to Acknowledge That It's More Than Just a Bad Day

Feeling Sick

Okay, y’all, this is so important. Physical illness can surround your bad days and you might not even connect the two together. When you have some sort of mental illness, it’s really common to have physical symptoms along with it. Some of those could be:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • cramps

If and when you realize that you’re struggling with consistent bad days, check and see if you also have any physical symptoms. This could be a major sign of a mental illness that has yet to be diagnosed.

Acknowledging the situation is the only part of this, though.

Sometimes, you can do all the analyzing and acknowledging that you want. But actually coping with the real issue that might be there can be really hard.

Related: 5 Reasons Why a Morning Routine Will Help With Overwhelmed Feelings

When I finally realized that I was depressed, it was a huge shock. I had no idea what to do or how to cope.

There are some things you can do, though, to cope with it.

– Reach out to others for support

– Practice self-care. Here is a bunch of ideas!

– Journal how you feel

Find ways to manage your stress

– Maybe see a therapist, if you feel you need one

So is it more than just a bad day?

If you’ve never had to deal with a mental illness, it can be insanely tough to understand what’s going on. The longer you put if off, though, the worse it can be. Always take the time to check in with yourself and understand what’s really going on.

On a completely serious note, I want to make sure you know that if you ever have concerns regarding your mental health, please reach out to me. I know a lot about going through this sort of thing and I want to be there for you. My email is contact@sierramafield.com.

I hope this post maybe helped some of you! Let me know if you have any other ideas because I would love to go back and add things in that you feel are helpful. 🙂

Talk next week!

Sierra Mafield Blog