Five things to do when you're having a bad day

I had a bad day today, one of those that make you want to crawl back under the covers and binge watch an entire season of Gilmore Girls whilst ignoring all your real life adult responsibilities. Having a bad day seems like such a taboo subject in the blogging world. I feel like it's a topic that only ever comes up in advice columns on how to achieve the 'perfect' life, or in marketing ruses for lifestyle products like luxe candles (spend $100 on this candle and you will instantly forget about your troubles!) Luxe candles are amazing, but you won't become a better person that way.

I've had a new idea for a new blog category for a while now. I'm calling it 'Love Notes' because I want to journal and share my ideas on certain self improvement topics not only with you but with my present and future self. I don't want to put myself on a pedestal and dish out advice about 3 ways to have the perfect life, because no one has the perfect life, I most certainly don't! Instead, I want to create lists that I know will inspire me in the future when I need it. I also find the topic of self improvement and understanding how we can better ourselves such a fascinating and important life project!

So without further ado, here's five things you could do when you're having a bad day (and it doesn't cost a thing):

1. Take Your Time
Close your eyes, take some deep breaths, don't rush. Give yourself time to gather your thoughts, have a cry, curl up in a foetal position under the blankets. Don't pressure or punish yourself for not feeling great, and don't think about "all the things you're delaying yourself from doing". It doesn't help. You'd never yell at your friend to "get up and get over it" when they're upset, even if it's over something ridiculous.

2. Freshen Up
This often ends up being a mood changer for me. Treat yo self, not by splurging on random online shops and then feeling guilty about it afterwards, but by being kind to yourself. Take extra time to cleanse your face, feel the beads exfoliating your face, admire the glistening skin as you lather on some moisturiser. Take a hot shower. Make your bed and fluff up those pillows. Cut up fresh fruit to put in your cereal. Take a sip from a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Ahhh. Don't you feel a bit calmer already?

3. Put Your Phone Away
Ever since I started living abroad 3 months ago, I've used my phone less. On the day of the American election, I deleted the Facebook app from my phone and haven't felt the urge to re-install it since. As much as I rely on social media to keep in touch with my friends and family and the rest of the world, I felt a huge sense of relief when I'm no longer FOMOing at everyone else's highlight reel every minute of every day. Also, note to self, avoid rants over messaging while you're upset. Write in a journal or type it out on a blank document instead. You'll thank yourself later.

4. Get On With It, One Task at a Time
Make today your day, and take it one task at a time. Even as you get on with your adult responsibilities, remember that this is still your day, your life. In fact, every day is your day because you drive your own life. So start attacking each task with purpose and acknowledge the reason you're doing things so you don't end up regretting them. Schedule all the tasks that you didn't manage to get through today for the future without blaming yourself. And then, get on with it.

5. Learn and Start Again
Treat each terrible day as a December 31st. Tomorrow is the new January 1st, a new start, a new and refreshed you who has learnt a little bit more about herself. Don't look back. 

P.S. I made myself a little collage today to re-inspire myself to be the woman that I want to be. I hope it inspires you too x

All images from Pinterest.