Friday, 7 November 2014

Getting Through Bad Days

If you are (un)fortunate enough to follow me on Twitter then you'll know that yesterday was a little bit of a horror story beginning to end. I cried at the John Lewis advert, I cried when I missed my bus, I did a busy shift in work, had to get the school bus home, then cried in the bath about my 21st birthday. My throat has been sore, I haven't been sleeping and, basically, I've been one crazed ball of upset and tears, which genuinely isn't like me. As it isn't very often that I get upset, it's something I find really difficult to deal with; I always feel a little bit like a lost lamb and I don't really feel like I have many people to talk to. In case you're like me (or even if you're not) I've come up with some - almost - fail safe tips on how to get through bad days.

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1: Turn To Friends
It doesn't have to be a "I feel bad, can you help?" conversation, sometimes just the bare basics; someone saying something to make you laugh or just a simple reminder that you actually aren't alone in all this can make you feel better. Bonus points if the friends have chocolate, cake, chocolate cake or resort to using an insane amount of emojis.

2: Leave The Phone At Home
When I'm upset, one of my big issues is that (unsurprisingly) none of my friends have telepathically picked up on my sadness and dropped me a text about it. Nothing bad is going to happen if you leave the phone and walk away. Take an hour away from Twitter and Facebook. Take an hour away from it all, just take the time to breathe, think, start to move forward. Stop googling rubbish quotes and crying over Adele lyrics - it won't make you feel any better.

3: Netflix Is Your Best Friend
I know the "watch a crappy film" cliche is so,  so overplayed; but seriously. For every good film there is on Netflix we're talking a solid four bad ones in it's wake. My top three choices would have to be Bratz, Wild Child (standard) and, a new favourite, GBF.

4: Stop Wallowing
I am the absolutely worst for starting crying then creating a long list of things I have going on that are crappy and then I never stop crying. Stop wallowing in it, allow yourself ten minutes and then move forward. Think about something else - Play a game, read a book, catch up with yourself and try your best to keep your mind off what it is that's making you sad. It's easier said than done, but trying to work through your problems with a clear head is much, much easier.

5: Eat The Cake/Chocolate/Crisps/All Of The Above
Although comfort eating is not recommended for every day use, on that one day when you come in feeling like everything has gone to crap? Eat the cake. Eat every piece of junk food you can get your hands on. Sugar highs are short lived, but there's a lot to be said for the power of crying into a bag of tangy cheese Doritos.

I want to clarify that feeling sad for a long period of time with or without a cause can be a sign of depression and should always be checked out by a doctor or healthcare professional.

What do you do to try and cheer yourself up after a particularly bad day?

Sammy xo.

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