10 ways to deal with the bad days

Some days it seems like nothing can go right. We all have those days where it just seems like there is too much drama. Too much pressure. Too many expectations. Too many things to do, not enough time. Then there’s all the unnecessary nastiness. Some days it’s just all too much!

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It’s days like these that self-care is super important. Sometimes I struggle with this. It’s something I have been trying to focus on lately. So here are a few of the things that make me feel better on those days.

1: Be kind to yourself

This is probably the most important thing. Some days you just need to cut yourself some slack. Would you have the same expectations on someone else that you have on yourself? Why shouldn’t you be as kind to yourself as you would a stranger? There’s only so much you can do and sometimes you just need to be okay with letting things go. It’s alright not to be perfect (see why here).

2: A good old pamper session

By far my favourite thing is to run myself a nice, hot bath, with bath salts, a beautiful candle and a good read. Sadly my unit doesn’t have a bath though. Instead I’ll do a face and hair mask, give myself a mani-pedi or some other make-me-feel-pretty thing. This usually involves some gorgeous scented candles burning in the background.

3: Play some feel good music

What I consider feel good music seems to vary with my mood. Sometimes I want something up beat and pop-y, other times calm and relaxing. Listen to your mood and pick some tunes that suit you. I have a few Spotify playlists that are my go-tos for times like these – let me know if you want me to share.

4: Treat yourself

Come on, who doesn’t love a little (lot?) retail therapy? I usually use it as an excuse to buy myself something little. This is usually something that smells amazing – a scented candle, some new body wash or body butter. I always find this is an instant pick me up.

5: Do some yoga

Yoga is such a good release for me. There’s something about focusing on body positioning, movement, breathing and stillness of the mind that just makes everything else melt away. On days like these, I tend to opt for the chilled out, slow and relaxed Hatha yoga as opposed to Power or Vinyasa sequences. On the really bad ones, this could literally just be an extended period in child’s pose. Really it doesn’t matter all that much what you do, as long as it works for you.

6: Life admin

I always feel better when things are sorted. All those little things you have been putting off, like calling to make appointments, seem like such a big deal on bad days. Sometimes making little steps to move ahead can make it so much less overwhelming. Attending to one or two of those little things can make all the difference. It can make you feel on top of things and is definitely worth the effort.

7: Stick to your routine (as much as possible)

It’s important to maintain some form of normality. If you normally go to the gym every Monday, don’t stop on account of a bad day. Those kind of things can actually help to get you out of that funk. Keeping busy can take your mind off things and give you something positive to focus on instead. Also, you will probably regret it the next day if you don’t.

8: Affirmations

Create a journal or notebook with all the good things. The things you like about yourself. The things you have achieved. The things you are proud of. The things that inspire you. The things you aspire to be. Do this over time when you think of it. Then you can bring it out on a bad day and be reminded of all those positive things. An instant pick me up.

9: Reach out

Make social connections. Invite friends over. Arrange to go out and do something. Even if you can’t organise something right away, knowing you have plans in the future gives you something to look forward to. Otherwise, just have a good chat with old friends can brighten any mood.

10: Chill out

Some tea and a good book. Or maybe Netflix and chocolate is more your speed? Either way, just taking some time out and escaping reality for another world makes a world of difference. You can check out some of my top picks here. Opting for a comedy is a great way to lighten the mood and bring some smiles to that face.

What are your go-tos for a bad day pick me up?

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Top Netflix picks for a lazy weekend

Sometimes weekends (or weeknights for that matter) call for some serious down time. For some mad chills. What better way than a sneaky binge-watching session. My only problem is this leaves me not knowing what to pick because I’ve already seen the ones that jumped out.

Luckily being sick for what feels like forever, has let me take the time to sort through and find some truly awesome options. And seriously, how could I not share the love? So here are my top picks depending on what mood I’m in – because we all know that’s important!

When you’re in the mood for light-hearted, silly comedy – Haters Back Off

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About: When Youtube fame envelops a self-absorbed, overconfident teenager the rest of her family are drawn in to support her talent-less endeavour. A hilarious story of how belief in yourself can shape the way the world around you operates and the trials faced in the quest for stardom.

Watch if you liked: Napoleon Dynamite

Time: 1 season, 6 episodes, approximately 30 mins each – 3 hours in total.

When you’re in the mood for a sarcastic take on current events – Chelsea

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About: A talk show but not as you know it. Chelsea Handler sheds light on a range of topics with guests and through hilarious segments. New episodes weekly allows current events such as the election, becoming a Lyft driver and a range of other topics to be discovered through comedy.

Watch if you liked: I struggled with this one, but I guess if you like Chelsea’s comedy or her show Chelsea Does… then this would definitely be one for you.

Time: 30 to 40 minute episodes with a new one released each week.

When you’re in the mood for some bad-ass, girl power and action – Jessica Jones

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About: Former superhero turned private investigator, Jessica Jones, spends her days investigating for her clients. Then she seeks out survivors of abuse in a quest to combat her perpetrator. All the while dealing with the impact that has on her relationships.

Watch if you liked: Arrow

Time: 1 season, 13 episodes, 50 to 55 mins per episode – around 11 and a half hours

When you’re in the mood for political drama – Designated Survivor

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About: During the State of the Union address, the government chooses one person to stay in an undisclosed location. Should the worst happen, this designated survivor becomes the President. A look at the new President trying to find his feet, amongst insubordination and a crumbling world.

Watch if you liked: House of Cards and Scandal

Time: 1 season, new episodes added weekly, 40 mins per episode

These are my go to shows for curling up with a cup of tea on a lazy weekend. What are your top picks at the moment?