Over the past few weeks I have been feeling sad rather a lot, after breaking off things relationship wise and then grieving the loss of a friend, on top of stressing about my A Levels, I've had quite a few reasons to be feeling sad. As time has progressed, I've realised feeling sad is ok, it's healthy, it's a part of life. I won't lie to you, I'm the first one to start crying when things go wrong, which is also very healthy and I do find crying helps. This does not mean that you permanently have to feel sad. I've compiled a list of things that I will be doing everytime I get sad from now on, and I thought I'd share them with you too!
Apply some makeup | When I'm feeling down I love to complete my full skincare routine and apply a face of makeup, even if I'm not going anywhere. It instantly perks me up and makes me feel fresh. Failing that, grab your credit card and go wild buying all those makeup items you've been lusting over. You may cry at the end of the month when your bank balance is a little worse for wear, but you'll have lots of new makeup to play with to keep you distracted from being sad. Make sure you only buy things you desperately want though, because I am the queen of impulse buying crap and I usually hate all of it, that doesn't make the end of the month crying any easier.
Go outside | What you do when you get outside is completely up to you, but I find there is nothing more refreshing than going for a run when I'm feeling sad. It takes my mind away from everything and at the end of the run I always feel like I've achieved something. Exercise makes your brain happy, and doing something with your day will make you believe that you're not wasting away your days, no matter how you choose to spend the rest of the day. If you're not a fan of running, go for a walk, it really does help.
Turn off your phone | I am absolutely addicted to my phone, but it is usually the cause of my sadness. It's taken me a while to realise it but social media doesn't always help. I love all my friends, especially my blog friends because they're always there, but there's times that your phone can actually be doing more harm than good. Turn it off, take a break, do something else with your day and come back to it when you're feeling better. Your friends. twitter followers, and that cute guy you're stalking 24/7 will still all be there when you turn it back on.
Bake something | Focusing on something like baking can make you feel better, especially if what you're baking turns out to be amazing and you want to shout about it from the rooftops. Grab a good cook book and spend an afternoon baking, invite a friend over so you don't have to eat it all to yourself. Or if all plans fail and your baking turns out terrible, drown your sorrows in some chocolate.
Run a bath | Having a bath is my escape when I'm feeling down. I love baths, but there is nothing I love more than popping a bath bomb in the bath, lighting a few candles, putting on my favourite music and just laying there. If you're seriously overthinking something then don't let your mind focus on it, read a book or watch some Netflix. Overthinking is the worst possible thing to do when you're feeling down.
Sleep | I love my sleep, I really do, but saying that I never get enough of it. I rarely get an 8 hour nights sleep, more between 3 and 4. Evenings are my worst enemy because it is so easy to get trapped up in your thoughts and I find it ridiculously hard to fall asleep most of the time. I find it hard to switch off, and my mind is constantly over-stimulated. I try to take time before bed off my phone and laptop but we all know as a blogger this is near impossible, and if you do manage it, I salute you. If you have trouble sleeping like me, I've found that deep sleep spray and a sleep app on my phone have become my best friends lately to attempt to get a longer nights sleep.
Spend time with your friends | If you're feeling sad, being alone can be your own worst enemy. Text every single person you can think of until you find someone who is free. Get out of the house and grab a coffee or lunch, or if you're not up for leaving the house, get them to come over and have a day binge watching Netflix. Do not dwell in the things you're sad about, have a massive heart to heart about everything and then leave it in the past. Give yourself a pep talk, remember you're a bad ass bitch and get on with your day with a smile on your face.
Write a list of reasons to be happy | Thinking about things to be happy about when you're sad is never easy, but dwelling on the reasons why you're sad isn't doing much help either. I find writing down a list of things I have to look forward to over the next few days, weeks or months really helps me. At the moment my list is full of gigs and trip to Amsterdam, this always reminds me that there are brighter days ahead.
Tidy your room or workspace | I am a very messy person. Anyone who knows me can confirm that I am terrible at keeping my room tidy and there is no kind of organisation to anything at all on my desk, it's all just one pile. The days that I'm feeling particularly sad are usually the days I have a massive tidy up and clean my whole room. It may take me forever because I find things I haven't seen for weeks and procrastinate, but by the end of the day my room is clean along with me feeling fresh and ready to tackle anything.
Bingewatch Netflix | Sometimes there are days when nothing will fix the sadness except binge watching your favourite series on Netflix with a tub of Ben and Jerry's. Grab the tissues, stick on your favourite films or series and waste the day away. I wouldn't recommend this if you have a to do list as long as your arm, but that never stops me. I'm currently rewatching Gossip Girl, and I couldn't count how many episodes I've watched in the past two weeks.
What do you do when you're sad?
What do you do when you're sad?