7 ways to de-stress after a bad day.

Bad days. We all have them. Those days when everything that could go wrong, does go wrong, and you're left wondering what on earth you did to deserve such a thing. I've kinda got the hang of remembering that it's only one bad day, amongst the many other fabulous ones, however this does mean that I've also got into the habit of going home and getting into bed to prevent any further damage. This is all fine, until I realised that I didn't quite want to be wasting half of my day every time I got stressed.

So, instead of just hiding myself away, I've started to try and actively do positive and productive things to make myself feel better instead. Here are 7 ways to de-stress after a bad day.



G O  F O R  A  W A L K.

Fresh air works wonders, doesn't it? I have to remind myself of this every time as it's so much easier to convince myself that my bed is the best place to be. Which is silly because I know just how much better I feel after anything if I can get out and go for a little walk, listen to music, and be surrounded by other people going about their day instead of being alone in my room and overthinking. This is the worst thing to do, just FYI.


T A K E  A  L O N G  B A T H.

For me, this a long shower at the mo because I don't have a bath in my bathroom. BUT, give me just over a month and I will have a bath again and I cannot tell you how excited I am. Bath's are so relaxing aren't they? Grab your favourite book, light a candle, and relax with all of the bath oils for an hour or so. Even when I did have a bath, I always felt too busy to take the time to run a bath rather than jumping in the shower, so every time I do get the chance to, it always feels so, so relaxing. 


V E N T.

I think this is the one reason that I could never fully live on my own. One of the first things I do if I've had a bad day is tell my poor flatmate everything. It always feels so much better to get things out, and I immediately feel like a weight has been lifted and I can relax a little more. Bottling stress up is never a good idea, as there'll aways be a tipping point when everything just comes out anyway. 

If my flatmate doesn't happen to be in and I don't fancy talking on the phone, I write stuff down instead. Whether it's typing it in a post for my blog or hand-writing it in a little notebook that I keep, writing things out can be just as effective as talking things out.

C L E A N.

It may sound ridiculous, but cleaning calms me. Cleaning and a good clear out will always make me feel better, and at the end of it, everything smells nice and my room is all decluttered and it's great. I find it really hard to relax and un-wind if my room is messy, so I at least always make sure that I tidy up and that I have a clear space. Does this help anyone else, too?


G O  F O R  A  D R I V E.

Sometimes, instead of going for a walk, I'll just take myself off for a drive, particularly if the weather's bad or if it's dark outside. I find there's literally nothing more therapeutic and good for clearing my head than long drives in the dark. I won't drive anywhere in particular, but I'll just take myself off on a route that I know well, and listen to music or an old podcast that I know will calm me a little.


T R E A T  Y O U R S E L F.

Treat yourself to something small but something that you know you'll enjoy. A large coffee instead of a small one, a bar of chocolate after dinner, or even a takeaway for the evening - sometimes it's the little things that can really feel like the biggest luxurious and make us feel that little bit better.


A  B O O K.

I spend a lot of my time scrolling through social media if I'm at home with not much else to do, but sometimes social media can be more stressful than relaxing. So recently, I've made more an effort to ditch my phone and get lost in a good book instead. I also find that reading makes me more tired, so if I can read for a little bit before I go to sleep, I fall asleep so quickly and don't have time to stress about my day either!

How do you de-stress after a bad day?

Soph

22 comments

  1. Agree on the cleaning, it can be oddly therapeutic! I like doing it when I've hit a rut with work but still want to be productive and at least it means I've cleared some time later on in case inspiration strikes :) long walks with podcasts are my favourite way to unwind xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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    1. Yes! This is exactly what I did the other day and it worked wonders :) I've never tried walking with a podcast before - I love this idea! x

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  2. I totally know what you mean about cleaning! Whenever I'm anxious I find myself just frantically reorganising everything in my house and it always makes me feel better x
    Sophie Cliff

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    1. It's amazing how well this works - I'm so glad it isn't just me being weird haha! x

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  3. I totally agree Soph, on a bad day I tend to want to stay in bed but always feel so much better after getting out of the house, if only for a little while! xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. It can be so hard to force yourself out of the house, but I certainly always feel better for it! xx

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  4. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    www.underaytedray.co.uk

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  5. I love going for walks or reading a book to de-stress. Your suggestions are lovely :) It can be quite hard to de-stress at times but I prefer doing something enjoyable for myself at days like this and not to go to bed feeling bad or stressed :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Going for a walk is always the first thing I try - if it's not raining, of course ha! x

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  6. I find these are such good ways to de-stress and relax. I especially love having a bubble bath and listening to an inspiring youtube video/podcast x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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    1. Podcasts seem to be a popular suggestion! I'll have to try this :) x

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  7. I am so bad for going to bed because I want my bad day to be over, I'm definitely going to take some of these tips on board to stop myself wasting my evenings!

    Also, you're not the only one to find cleaning relaxing!

    Great post :) x

    http://chloeharriets.com/

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    1. Haha it's always so, so tempting to just climb into bed, isn't it! :) x

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  8. Agree so much on the venting, just letting it all out really helps me to de stress in some weird way.
    Alicia x
    https://lifeofalicialouise.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I think it's just the fact that we're not holding it in anymore - it automatically makes us feel so much better! x

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  9. I've been cleaning quite a lot recently as a de-stress and I feel so much better for it! I also always buy myself a little treat, just as you say whether it's a little chocolate bar, a takeaway or a magazine it's always so nice to treat myself and does often do the world of good xo
    www.misszarabelle.com

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    1. It's the best little way to cheer ourselves up, isn't it? It's one of my favourite things to do... for obvious reasons haha! x

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  10. Walks are the best. I never think they'll work, but they really do! You can (embarrassingly) walk out the front door in tears, and come back an hour later feeling so much better. Also, like Zara said, getting yourself a reward/you-can-do-it treat totally helps.

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  11. These are great tips!!
    I completely agree with taking a bath. It is my all time favourite thing to do when I am stressed out or upset. Add some essential oils and Epsom salt and I am good to go after.

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  12. After having a very stressful day, these tips came at the perfect time! Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in the stress but it's so important to remember that sometimes the simplest of things, like going for a walk or reading a book, can de-stress us in no time! Thanks for sharing.

    Sweet Serendipity

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  13. such a lovely post, i really want to start reading more in the evenings and i love the whole treating yourself to small things like a takeaway and stuff, they really can make you feel better! xx
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