Things to do when you're feeling a bit down...

As much as I'd love to tell you guys that life is as bright and colourful as how I try to present my Instagram feed, the reality is, it's really not. I talk about in this post here, how it's so easy to hide behind social media, and pretend to the rest of the world that everything is completely okay, and you're totally fine and dandy. But lets face it, even the happiest and most positive people I know, have days when they just don't want to get out of bed, and feel, well, crap.

I had one of these days yesterday, and it's kinda gone over into today too, and I guess it's what inspired me to write this post. It took SO much self motivation to drag my too-feeling-sorry-for-myself butt out of bed this morning, and the only reason I managed it, was because I promised myself if I did, and plucked up the courage to face the world today, then I could treat myself with some of the below. Y'know, small things!

So, here are some of the things I like to do when I'm feeling a little bit down in the dumps, and hopefully, if you guys are ever having one of those days too, it might be able to help!

Get out of the flat | I know full well that as soon as I get out into the fresh air, and into the hustle and bustle of the city, things will generally seem brighter, and I'll feel a lot better. So even if I don't want to go anywhere in particular, I make sure I get up, dressed, and get myself out!

Lipstick | First up though, before I go anywhere, or do anything, I grab my favourite lipstick. Even if I don't have any other make up on, lipstick just makes you feel that little bit more fabulous, right? And convinces me that I can take on the world just that little bit more than before.

Coffee | I think it's safe to say, I like coffee. In fact, I'm practically known for having a Starbucks cup constantly attached to my hand around the office, and even better now the cups are so pretty and Autumnal! (And the Christmas cups are on their way too...! This is literally one of the most exciting things for me, genuinely can't wait!) So, what better way to cheer yourself up than to grab yourself a hot cup of coffee. Might wake you up a bit, too! 

Nails! | Okay, firstly, apologies if there's any guys reading this, I realise this has become rather, um, girly? But, I am just talking from experience here, so, um, soz. 
Anyway, I don't know about you, but I LOVE the feeling of freshly painted nails. I don't know what it is, but it just makes me want to like, use my hands more? (Keep that clean, people!) That probably came out, super weird, but do you get what I mean? Or is that just me...? Probably just me. Awks.
Anywho, it's a lovely way to have some time to pamper yourself, whether you paint them yourself, or pop into your local beauty salon and have them done for you. Lovely jubbly!

Pop music | I'm talking Spice Girls, Steps, S Club 7, sometimes I even whack some Christmas songs in there too if I'm feeling particularly rubbish. There's something just so uplifting about a little sing-along to some really up-beat music! And, I like to pretend I'm 10 again with like, no other worries in life apart from whether I'm going to get Golden Time in school on a Friday afternoon...

Blog | ...or something else that you love! This is what I'm doing now, (way to state the obvious, Soph! In fact, I've done nearly all of the above while I'm at it. I have my berry lipstick on, I'm sat in Starbucks, and I've just finished painting my nails before starting to write this!) and it's also what I do when I'm feeling anxious. It lets you focus on something else, whilst also giving yourself that sense of feeling productive at the same time! And, well, you also get a blog post out of it! Bonus! 

Stay off social media | ...y'know, unless you need to ask Twitter how to spell 'jubbly'. BUT, other than that, I try to stay off all things Twitter, and particularly Facebook. That way, you can't compare your terrible day to someone else's great one. You can't compare every single one of your imperfections generally to those people you see who are just so damn pretty. And, most importantly, you can't see when that person you're waiting to reply to your message, is managing to reply to everyone else on Facebook.


Think | No. Don't do it. Nah-uh. Keep your mind off EVERYTHING, otherwise, you'll just drive yourself INSANE, coming to those catastrophic conclusions I mentioned in my previous post. Trust me, I've done it, and nothing positive will come from it!

How do you guys cheer yourselves up?



  1. Loved this post Sophie! Great ideas, I also love freshly painted nails but always get frustrated with myself because I get too impatient waiting for them to dry so of course I smudge them! Also coffee is a must, the autumnal cups make you feel so cosy don't they!

    Oh January | Lifestyle Blog

  2. Great tips! Going outdoors for a walk in some fresh air is what helps me most aswell as giving myself a little bit of a pamper session - nails, face mask etc :) x

    Sinead | GIVEAWAY - imPress Nails

  3. I totally get the nails thing. If I ever feel down, my nail polish is the first thing I turn to, along with some chocolate and a little bit of Smooth radio. It can be so easy to stay 'down in the dumps' but it's important we do everything we can to make ourselves feel better. Smiling in the mirror is a good one too, it helps release endorphins! I hope you're feeling just that little bit happier xx

  4. Such a great post and apt for how I am feeling at the moment, I really love your blog layout and font btw xx


  5. Such a good post - I can totally relate to the nail thing, I feel so bare without having my nails done and as soon as I've painted them I feel 100% more sophisticated hahah! I'm also so guilty for the thinking one, I always overthink and I know I need to stop and keep my mind occupied!

    Lucy |

  6. Yes to everything in this post. I know a few people can't relate, but a bright shade of lipstick instantly perks me up, like I'm ready for world domination. Haha.

  7. Number 1 is definitely the most helpful for me, even though I find it REALLY hard to do! Staying inside all day is the worst thing for my mood. I'd say I'm more of a tea person, but it's the same idea! Tea helps everything. Great post, lovely x

    Martha Edwards |

  8. Taking care of yourself is so important. Listening to music is always my favorite reboot. Saving this list for later!

  9. Totally agree with the nails one! Especially now that I've quit waitressing I've made an oath to make sure my nails are in tip top condition all the time :) xx

  10. I forgot how my lipstick and nails were always my favourites, cheers Soph! =']

  11. That PSL latte cup is too cute. Onto more important things, I love this post, getting outside definitely helps me feel better.

  12. Really enjoyed reading this post, Sophie! :) Getting outside definitely helps, and singing/dancing along to my favorite up-beat songs too, it's one of my favorite things to do when I'm feeling down. And I love that last part, overthinking is such a bad thing and it will only make things worse! x

  13. Such a lovely post - you're right in that you don't always see everything on social media as we don't post the negative parts! Getting out for the house is a must for me, it clears my head x

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  14. I needed this post today, thank you! I'm going to go paint my nails with my new Lottie London polish :)