Monday, 20 March 2017

Things I do when I'm feeling down!

things to do when you're feeling down


Sometimes you just feel down. There’s no rhyme or reason to it, you just feel like a bag of crap. We all have our down days, so here’s an idea of how I deal with mine…

Talk

Be it with the Mr or with my Mum and Dad, the sooner I vent my frustrations to them, the sooner they can listen then tell me whether I’m totally hitting the nail on the head, or I need to be hit over the head. Bottling things up doesn’t work, it just causes them to bubble, build and finally explode in a mentos mint meets coke scenario. 

Pamper

From a hot bath to that lotion I’ve been saving because it’s so fancy-pants, fresh warm pj’s, a face mask, maybe I’ll even do my nails. The more down I’m feeling, the more all out I’ll go with my pampering. It tends to help me take my mind off whatever is bothering me, so by the end of it, when I’m all plucked and polished, I’m feeling so good that I’ve forgotten about feeling so bad. 

Pampering 2.0

Sometimes, you have to kick it up a notch and let someone else take control of the pampering. So far this year I’ve been making a point of going for a facial every month. If it happens to fall on a down day, even better. There’s just something about someone else taking the lead, working out the knots and kinks that you kinda knew were there but had so far been avoiding. There’s something about taking that time out for yourself too, off the grid, away from the hustle, bustle, and drama that’s going on on the other side of the spa door. 

Weights

Cardio doesn’t distract me enough if anything it makes me think too much. But weights are different. The thing about weight lifting is that you really have to concentrate on what you’re doing. Your form, the amount you’re lifting, keeping count of the reps. I’m so busy thinking about all these little things that my brain totally shuts off from whatever big things are bothering me. Then by the end of the session, I’m too pooped to care about much else than a shower and bed!

Read

They say the person who reads truly lives a thousand lives. I can’t think of a better way to escape any and all real world problems than escaping between the pages of a far off land, or just somebody else’s romantic trials and tribulations. Not that it works for me, but I reckon if you like audiobooks then this would work just as well. 

Travel Vlogs

Yup. Not going to lie, they're usually Disney ones too. There's just something about seeing people so happy in a place that I have so many happy, awesome memories that can't stop me from smiling. 

Free Writing

So most of what I’ve talked about so far tends to help me just push my worries and woes to one side for a while. But you can’t ignore a problem for long, and one of the best ways for me to actually deal with them is to write them down. Free writing is just one of those amazing activities that are so cathartic. And the best part? Nobody else ever has to read what you have written. Keep them in a journal, type them and never hit save, or go one step further and burn those bad boys (safety first). I’ve had people tell me they feel silly writing things down but honestly, give it a go, just put pen to paper and see what happens. You can even start with ‘this crazy girl off the internet has told me to do this, and I don’t know why, and really all I fancy is beans on toast and cup of tea right now…’ and see where your free thoughts take you. It’s amazing how doing that always ends up leading me to discover something totally different to what I originally thought was at the root of what's bothering me.

How do you deal with your down days?

Until next time, 




6 comments:

  1. I can't even relax in the bath these days because i've gotten so used to watching something on my kindle whilst having one that I get restless if i'm not doing that at the same time! Can you come and do weights with me please, it's scary, I just walk in, run on treadmill and walk out again!
    Amy at Amy & More

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    1. I've had to teach myself to just sit and be OK with not doing two things at once when I get in the bath, or even watch TV! I am the worst for constantly picking up my phone or doing something else instead of just enjoying that tiny moment. It's so flipping hard but I'm getting there!

      I was terrified of weights at first so a friend dragged me to the gym for nearly 3 hours, going through it all with me and I feel so much more confident now! You could look at getting a one time PT to do the same for you? Unless you want to come gym up in Liverpool hehe!

      Sarah :)

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  2. Some really good ideas. I'm definitely one for reading when I'm feeling a bit down, love a good high fantasy book like LOTR to really get that escapism going! Definitely need to do more pampering in the future though, bet my skin will love it!

    Sharon x | That Stargazy Vegan

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    1. I can't believe I've still never read LOTR! I've tried but for some reason I just can't get into it! Nothing like some good fantasy to really escape though, I'm loving The Expanse series right now for just that!

      Sarah :)

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  3. I do most of these things too. I noticed that reading helps me feel better than an movie or anything else. x

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  4. I look at memes :) haha. I'm surprised watching Disney isn't in your list!

    Corinne x

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