- Keep occupied
This could be anything from drawing to going for a walk. For me, I need to talk, not about my problems or worries, I like to talk about what I've watched on TV, what I've been doing, what funny thing my nephew said. I tend to find talking to my best friend on the phone my ultimate therapy. We always end up laughing so much we can't breathe, and it helps my mood.
- Focus on the positives
When you feel like there is literally nothing to be thankful for, try to amend the negative thoughts into positive ones. I have a notebook filled with things I'm grateful for, and encouraging quotes that I find really helpful. I also try to concentrate on all the good things I've done/am doing.
- Achieve something/set goals
Setting goals is vital for me, especially battling a chronic condition and mental illness; even if I write a to-do list and all I plan is taking blog pictures, it gives me a sense of achievement ticking it off my list. If I can't complete my goals on the day I intended, (which happens a lot as I don't know how my health will be) I try to re-schedule and not give myself a hard time. Small goals are just as important as the bigger ones; so if you want to take the bins out, and do it - achievement unlocked.
- Give yourself a break
Nobody is perfect, we all fuck up and we all make mistakes, try not to beat yourself up too much. You got this.
- Ask for help
It's easy to get overwhelmed and for things to become obscured, and asking for help is never easy but sometimes it needs to be done. You don't necessarily have to talk to a professional, you can talk to a friend or family member and just let them know you're struggling and need them.
I hope this helps and if you have advice or suggestions on what you do to stay happy, please leave them in the comments, I'd love to know.