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Saturday, 5 September 2015

5 Ways to Feel Better on your Down Days

We all have them and we all have them to different extents. The joy of living with depression means that I almost always give in and end up in bed all day. It doesn't help me at all and when I'm going to sleep at night I always think of all the things I could have done instead of wasting another day.

I've decided to pull together a list of things that help me feel better on those down days. It's a way of me sharing some tips with you guys but also encouraging myself to fight it rather than give in and stay in bed.

Not that I don't love you bed. IF YOU'RE A BIRD, I'M A BIRD. Forgive me.

1. Music.
No matter what kind of music you are into, there will be a band or an album or even just a song that will instantly improve your state of mind. Make time for it. Find it on YouTube on your phone when you wake up, play it whilst you're in the shower or sing along to it in the car on your way to work or school. Belt it out as loud as possible. The only danger with this one is that you might end up geared up for a night out at like 10am.  

2. Fresh air.

I am not at all into the outdoors. I am a nervous wreck and even more so when I'm being chased by wasps/dogs/random children. This said, when I take the time to go for a walk it leaves me feeling much brighter. Also, night time walks = pretty skies. 

3. Rewarding productivity

Make a To-Do list including reward time for every two or three tasks you complete. Take a walk - check. Put on a washing - check. Reward yourself with an episode of your current fave show on Netflix - check. At the end of the day you can review your list and feel like it's been a productive day rather than a wasted day. 

4. Pets. 

Don't have your own pet? Borrow one. Go visit a shelter and help out for a few hours. Stalk the neighbour's cat. If you have allergies - get a tamagotchi. Looking after my cats makes me feel like I have my life together (at least a little bit) because I am in charge of making sure they are hunky-dory. 

5. People. 

Go hang out with your favourite ones or have them over for Netflix and pizza. If that's a bit too much, a text or phone call can be enough just to remind you that you have someone there for you.

Or maybe forget about people and opt for pizza instead. Pizza is like my family.


  1. This was such a great post!! Lovely ideassss!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

  2. Soooooo true. Especially fresh air. Going outside instantly makes me feel better.

    1. Very refreshing isn't it!? Such a good way to clear your head.