Things To Do When You’re Sad

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I know for a fact that everyone who’s ever lived can relate to this post. If you’re constantly happy 100% of the time, I’m 1) Jealous, and 2) Sceptical. We all have sad days, whether they be every day or once in a blue moon. Here are some of my personal tips for combating those lower days, or at the very least, make them something we can cope with.

Get comfortable.

My favourite part of any day, happy, sad, or in-between, is taking my make-up off and having nice, clean skin for the evening. As much as I love make-up, it’s such a burden and a chore to take off. Especially when bed-time’s approaching, you’re practically comatose from tiredness, and really can’t be bothered. So put on some PJs, get cosy in a cocoon on the couch or in bed with Netflix, whatever. Or, do the opposite: put on your favoruite outfit, do your hair, get glammed up. In some cases, when you look good, you feel good, too.

Watch something that makes you laugh.

When you’re feeling crappy, the last thing you want to do is go to the effort of forcing yourself to laugh. But trust me, it works. I always find that my mood improves considerably after some so-funny-you’re-silently-shaking laughs. My recommendations for said laughter are Misfits (Nathan is my fave), 2 Broke Girls, season one of New Girl (Jess is the most awkward person on the planet and I LOVE IT). Or in the worst-case scenario, Team America: World Police. It may be the most immature film in the world, but the first time I watched it, I don’t think I stopped laughing for the duration. Gasping, tears streaming, you name it!

Exercise.

Another one that no-one wants to make themselves do when all their imaginary agenda consists of is hiding under the covers. But those endorphins that come out to play when you move it are your best friends. When I push myself to go for a run, I always feel so accomplished, energized and happy afterwards. Or, if you’ve got one handy, a punching bag is good for a quick fix, too! You go get ’em, Rocky!

Treat yourself.

Everyone deserves to treat themselves every once in a while. And while material items don’t bring happiness, they sure can help to perk up a crap day. In terms of style, I’ve recently been loving the Polyvore app. You choose three pre-styled outfits that sum up your style, to give the app an idea of what you like. The more items you ‘like’ in an endless scrolling list, the better the content gets! I got to the point where I had to put my phone down. It started directing me to Givenchy leather vests and €4,000 hand bags. Yikes. This isn’t restricted to just style, either, oh no! Go ahead and buy that chocolate bar, order that take-away, with no side order of guilt. On days like that, it’s 100% worth it.

Listen to your favourite albums.

Music is an element that I will always treasure and will never take for granted. It sums up a lot of my identity, appearance, and who I grew up to be. So grab your iPod and head out for a walk to clear your head. I can’t emphasize how helpful this has been for me in the past, even to this day. Some of my favourites on good AND bad days are Placebo and HIM, two bands that I hold very close to my heart. They can be quite depressing. But I feel better knowing that there’s someone out there that I can relate to. I’m going to see HIM in Nottingham in December. After eight years of being a fan, I am SO EXCITED! It really is the little things.

Don’t dwell on how sad you’re feeling in that moment.

Try to keep in mind that all sad days and moods come to an end. Soon enough you’ll be back to feeling like yourself again. And hopefully will have forgotten the sadness that you thought would never leave. There’s always, ALWAYS a light at the end of the tunnel, remember that!

What are your sad day rituals?

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