NaBloPoMo2016 + Mental Health

Did you know that November is National Blog Posting Month?

What does that even mean, you ask?

The goal of this challenge is to inspire your own writing; to challenge your creativity, to expand your readership and to improve as a writer. I attempted this challenge my first year blogging, and although it was tough, I made it through and learned what it really takes to be a good writer.

I hope you will follow me as I fully dive into this awesome challenge…. and without further ado…

NaBloPoMo2016 - South of Plum

Three Ways to Help Yourself Out of a Bad  Day

There are some days when I want to come home from work, curl up into a ball, cuddle with my dogs and take a nap. But I’m an adult, with responsibilities and I can’t often shut the world out if I am having a rough day.

When I am having a bad day, there are three things that always make me feel better.


Sometimes, workin’ on my fitness is the last thing on my mind after a bad day, but I know once I get clipped into the bike at Soul Cycle, I won’t be thinking about what happened that day. Instead, I will be concentrating on my form, on my speed and on the music. By the time I walk out of the class, I’m in a more positive headspace and often forget why I was so mad/sad/angry in the first place.


I am fortunate to be a dog mother to two amazing pups: a five-year-old boxer named Bentley and a two-year-old bull puggle named Lambo. We are like three peas in a pod. They follow me around the house all morning and night. They can tell when I am not feeling well or if I am just not in the mood and will curl up next to me on the bed or on the couch. The love that radiates from their bodies immediately calms my nerves and washes my worries away.


Getting lost in a good book has so many advantages. I am concentrating on the words, and often will forget the day’s woes. Reading relaxes my mind; nine times out of ten I am so calm, my husband finds me snoozing, book in hand.

Regardless of what you do to calm your nerves, it is imperative to take time out for yourself. We often find ourselves saying “yes” to everyone and everything and forget about what we need in order to function. We need time to ourselves, to recharge, to reboot. Don’t forget that.

Ways to Calm Down After a Bad Day

When you’re having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do to help yourself?


  1. November 4, 2016 / 9:50 am

    I do a lot of the same things you do when I’m in a funk. Good luck with NaBloPoMo. I did it 2 years ago and it was hard. I’m tackling NaNoWriMo again this year because I’m a glutton for punishment.

    • November 5, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      I think I already failed lol – but I’m going to try the best I can!