Mental Breakdowns – A Way Out

Despite going through mental breakdowns is something we all had to do with, there’s a way to cope with this serious emotional condition.

We’re not going to discuss what happens when you have a mental breakdown, let’s leave it to people far more educated than myself. Still, being part of Generation Z, I know that many of us experience high emotional stress in our daily lives.

Nervous mental breakdowns have many causes. Studies, work, school, family, blue screen light, sleep deficits… There’s quite a lot of them. For teenagers and young adults, it’s important to have a plan. You should know what to do when a bad day happens (and yes, they sometimes do happen).

Whenever I feel down, I follow a few strategies to get back to my normal state of mind. How long does it take? Well, it depends, but it certainly helps.

If you want to find a way out of mental breakdowns – whatever they might be – you can think about using one of these methods: 

1. Cheer-up playlist

Music is the first remedy I turn to when I lack motivation. Long story short – listen to music that makes you feel good. Regardless of the genre, it’s supposed to help you!

I prefer upbeat, fast songs – they get me out of mental breakdowns quite easily. If you’re more fond of Lana Del Ray’s songs, or Nick Cave’s ballads, then go for it.

Here’s my cheer-up playlist, a medicine for worse-than-usual mental conditions:

Elton John – Rocketman

Makes me kind of nostalgic from the very beginning. It only gets better over time.

Jungle – Smile

Now, that’s what I call energy in the most primal of forms. A good one for jogging too.

Kendrick Lamar – i

If this song’s lyrics don’t persuade you, you can learn how to love yourself. Sharing love starts from within.

Imagine Dragons – On Top of The World

If you chose to get to the top, don’t be surprised that the road is uphill.

Krishna Das – Sri Argala Stotram/Show Me Love

This one I sometimes use for something I call loveful meditation. It’s just a beautiful song.

The 1975 – Me & You Together Song

Camp Rock and early alternative rock vibes, though the song came out in 2020. Always makes me dance (or at least lip-sync).

Jungle – Casio

Another song from Jungle, gives me that California/convertible vibe.


Think what you want, quotes aren’t but vague sentences you found on Instagram.

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Okay, some of them are (the one above is Kafka’s). You only have to choose them wisely. Prepare a set of quotes that will get you out a temporary mental breakdown. Whenever I feel under the weather, I read this one:

It wasn’t a failure, but a key moment on your way of personal progress.

I found somewhere in Tools of Titans, which is one of the best books to read if you’re new to self-development. It reminds me that even if I fail, I learn. Or, as the Dalai Lama put it:

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. To-do list

Let’s be real – if a mental breakdown happened to you, it might come back again. They may differ in their levels of severity, but this condition is not welcome in your daily life anyway.

In every action film, when things don’t go according to plan A, a plan B is necessary. So much better if you have it prepared before. Make a to-do list for frail mental conditions. What do you need to do, step by step? Maybe eat something sweet, or put that playlist on.

You know who else always had a plan B? Marcus Aurelius, a Roman emperor (which basically means the president of the US on steroids). Back to our quotes:

The art of true living in this world is more like a wrestler’s, than a dancer’s practice. For in this they both agree, to teach a man whatsoever falls upon him, that he may be ready for it, and that nothing may cast him down.

Need an English translation?

Life’s tough. You better be prepared.

4. Favorite film

A feel-good movie, or a TV series, or even a funny YouTube video. It’s good to have a favorite thing in moments of emotional stress. A mental breakdown is a challenge. To fight it, you don’t want to choose any film. You need the one that makes you feel better.

My choice is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The plot, the soundtrack, the actors – perfect to cheer me up.

I have it downloaded on my laptop, along with a copy on a pen drive. This way I can manage a mental breakdown even when stuck in a wooden hut somewhere in the Appalachians without any connection to the outside world during a hail storm after the apocalypse (I mean, you never know when it strikes you, right?).

5. Chocolate (not peanut butter!)

Chocolate’s good by definition. While my sister prefers chocolate ice cream, I prefer the traditional form – a jar of Nutella. But beware, not every jar is fit for the purpose.

Back when I decided to have a 30-day no sugar challenge, a nervous breakdown came. Nutella wasn’t an option. I reached for the peanut butter.

Don’t get me wrong, peanut butter is wonderful. Eating half of the jar at once is not. My organism didn’t take it too well, and my condition wasn’t better in any way.

So remember – stick to Nutella jars! Your stomach will ache anyway, but at least you’ll feel better ;))

Get Better

Sure, it’d be best if you could omit mental breakdowns in your daily life altogether, but it’s not that easy. Serious emotional distress can catch you when you least expect it.

You best be ready for it.

The strategies above help me… most times. If you adjust them to your specific needs, they’ll be more than helpful. This article is but a sketch of your own customizable way out of mental breakdowns.

Be ready for challenging emotional conditions and surf through life.

Published by Dawid Tysowski


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