When your mental health is suffering, it can be easy to let hygiene seemingly fall by the wayside. You simply feel as though you have bigger fish to fry. When your mental health is suffering it can creep into so many aspects of your life. When your mental health is suffering, mundane everyday things like brushing your teeth, taking a shower or washing a pad care are just not a priority.
Unfortunately, this can be something of a downward spiral. When you are feeling down, and already less motivated to care for yourself, you’ll start feeling worse. When you feel even worse, you become even less motivated, and so on - it is a vicious cycle.
When you are in a good place mentally, it can seem extremely rewarding to sit in a bubble bath at the end of a long day. When you are in a good place mentally, exfoliating your legs and washing your hair makes you feel like a pampered queen. When you are in a good place mentally, you can do a happy dance at how green you’re being as you wash out your menstrual cup! But these are two very different ends of the mental health spectrum.
When you do not have any imminent plans in your social calendar, or just can’t go out because of lockdown or other reasons, the motivation to pamper yourself or really care about anything can completely evaporate. The situation is even worse when you’re instructed to stay at home because of global issues that will have an impact on your wellness at the best of times. It can all make you think 'Why should I bother?'.
However, practicing good personal hygiene can help to prevent disease and keep your body in the best condition possible, which in turn can actually be beneficial to your overall mental and emotional health. Developing small habits and routines can make them easier to try to maintain when you are not in the best headspace.