5 Ways To Easily Turn A Bad Day Around

Welcome to Week 4 of the ‘March is for Me’ series. A series bringing you 5 blog posts across each Wednesday of the month. The aim is to spend an entire month focusing on ourselves with self-love, self-care and positivity. Today’s post is brought to you by Emily from Planning With Em, with 5 Ways to Easily Turn a Bad Day Around.

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Bad days suck, there’s no doubt about that, but here are some tips on how to turn a bad day around. Whether something bad has happened to make your day bad or you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, bad days aren’t fun. However, I do stand by the quote “it’s a bad day, not a bad life” and believe you can turn any bad day around. 

‘I’ve struggled with depression for over 6 years, so I have had plenty of bad days in my time. Whilst I am doing much better mentally right now, I still have days when depression hits me hard. I wanted to share how I turn a bad day around on these days.’

Thank you to Emily for giving me the opportunity to write this post for her blog, I hope it will help anyone who is having a hard time or perhaps in a bit of a funk! 

Pause, Reflect, Accept 

Before I even try to combat a bad day with some of the things listed below, I think it’s really important to go through the process of pausing, reflecting and accepting. 

Take a moment to pause, maybe meditate if you like, and think about what you’re actually feeling. Are you feeling sad, anxious, angry? It’s important to take note of what you’re feeling so you can reflect on why you might be feeling this way and accept it. 

I know from experience that when you’re depressed, there doesn’t have to be a reason why you feel bad, you just do. But I do find that when I’m having a bad day, something has usually triggered it and I can identify at least one emotion that I’m feeling. 

It’s important to accept how you are feeling and not beat yourself up about it. If you can, take the day off from your usual activities, look after yourself and let’s turn this bad day around. 

Do Something That Makes You Happy

Okay before you click off the post because this one is so obvious, think about the last time you did something that made you happy. Like truly made you happy? I bet it’s been too long. 

Take some time to do something that makes you really happy. This can be literally anything (as long as it doesn’t harm you or anyone else obviously). For me, I love to paint, watch youtube/netflix and read. I don’t get much time to do this during the week normally so they’re my go to activities for when I’m having a bad day.

Turn Off Your Phone

When I’m having a bad day, I try to stay away from social media because it can perpetuate bad feelings. For me especially, doom scrolling on twitter can be really bad for my mental health. 

I like to have a social media detox regularly and if you want to know how my last one went, here’s a blog post about my week long social media detox! If you find social media makes you feel worse, have a day off of it!

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Clean Your Environment

They say, “clean environment, clean mind” and I wholeheartedly agree. I cannot stand having an untidy/unclean environment, it stresses me out so much! I understand that if you’re having a bad day, it can be hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed, let alone clean. But for me, cleaning my room is an essential part of my self care because it helps me feel better! 

If your room looks like a bomb hit it, then why not set a timer and take 10 minutes to tidy up and clean? You’ll be amazed how much you can get done in this time and you might even want to carry on once the time goes off!

Random Act Of Kindness

I don’t know about you, but doing something nice for others makes me feel so much better! I love helping others so it’s something I try to do regularly.

If you’re having a bad day, why not do a random act of kindness? For example, you could write someone you love a letter, support a small business or maybe even buy a stranger a coffee! 

That wraps up my 5 ways to turn a bad day around, I hope you found them helpful. Please remember that you are not alone and if you need help, reach out to someone you trust and talk to them. Things will get better and this too shall pass. 


Thank you so much to Emily for sharing this wonderful post for the March is For Me series, I have loved each instalment so far and hope you have too. In a world where you can be anything, why not be kind! Stay tuned for the last post in this series next Wednesday!

Until next time,

Emily x

My Daily Routine Working From Home

Since March, my full-time office job has been transported into my bedroom/living room depending on my task for the day. Currently, I work for a pensions company and started at the end of January, so COVID hit pretty quickly afterwards. I’m part of the bereavements team – so one of my main roles is outbound calls on most days of the week.

The lovely Charlotte from Take a Paws recommended this post idea, so thank you as writer’s block hit this week! I’m quite a nosey person myself, so thought sharing a little snippet of my daily life might be interesting! However, my routine is not role-model behaviour in the slightest. You won’t catch me exercising or drinking fruit teas at the crack of dawn (or at sunset for that matter) because it just isn’t me – unless I’m really in the mood.

So if you’re looking for a realistic routine, please keep reading!

6:45/7 am

  • Wakey wakey eggs and bakey (if I can be bothered)
  • On a normal day if I were to be going into the office (which is a 5 minute drive), I’m awake at 6am so I can get a lift in with mother who works in the same building

7-8am

  • Regret getting a job
  • Morning skincare routine and brush teeth
  • Mum leaves a cup of tea on the wash basket for me every morning that I’ll have whilst sitting with the dogs downstairs
  • I’ll always have breakfast, but if I’m not hungry straight away, I can easily eat-and-go whilst working from home
  • Get dressed (what are jeans) and maybe apply makeup, but 9/10 I do not

8am

  • Work begins and continues until my first break

10:15am

  • I have my first 15 minute break which is usually spent scrolling through TikTok or sitting in the garden for some air
  • I’m guilty of eating my leftover takeaway before lunchtime sometimes

10:30am

  • Back to work until lunchtime!

12:15pm

  • As it’s still summer at the moment, I’ll have lunch with mum in the garden or watch a bit of telly. I could definitely be more productive on my lunch breaks but usually I just want a mental break until it’s time to go back to the drawing board

1pm

  • Back to work until my afternoon break

3:15pm

  • Time for my second 15 minute break of the day, which is the most needed one. I definitely peak in the afternoon so I’ll have a quick nap or grab some fresh air to wake myself up

5pm

  • Time to log out and shut down for the evening

At the moment I no longer have a commute home, so switch my laptop off straight away to get a break from screens for an hour or two. It can be easy to close my work tab and open a different one, but I do my best to insert blue-light-breaks into my days.

5pm-6pm

  • This is pretty much always dinner time in our house, followed by feeding the dogs and cleaning up

6pm-11pm

Some days my evenings are busy and productive, other evenings are lazy and I don’t tick much off of my to-do list. My evenings typically consist of:

  • Household chores that need doing i.e. cleaning, tidying, general bits and bobs
  • Blogging
  • Walking the dogs
  • Shower or bath
  • Take my makeup off and do my skincare routine
  • Watch TV with mum; usually a Criminal Minds episode and at the moment I’m watching Skins from the start
  • Driving practice for my test with my instructor or mum (thanks COVID for cancelling 2 tests)
  • Sometimes I just spend time on my laptop online window shopping and making future plans
  • Reading
  • Doing my nails

11pm

  • This is my usual bedtime, but as long as I get 6-8 hours sleep I can function the next day, plus I like making the most of my spare time.

I enjoy the simple things in life so can quite happily fill my evenings with anything and everything –  I just do what I have to do during the day!

I’d never worked from home prior to lockdown, but I had always wanted to. I feel much more comfortable at home and it’s kept me in a good mental state. Going into the office often really didn’t make me feel great a lot of the time, so it’s been a welcomed change.

As mentioned previously, I don’t live the healthiest and most enriching lifestyle at the moment – but I want my blog to be realisticIt’s not all sunshine and rainbows whilst working from home, it can be tough and battery draining. So I’m glad we can now do more at the weekends to rest and recuperate.

This is a different style post to what I’m used to, but I do hope you enjoyed a snippet into my daily life nonetheless!

Until next time, take care

Emily x

 

 

 

Before and After Bedroom Transformation & Homeware Items

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good bedroom transformation. In any shop, I gravitate towards the homeware section. I could probably spend more time than I’d like to admit planning rooms in my head. Therefore, the idea of completely overhauling my childhood bedroom was such an exciting task (but a big one too!).

My boyfriend and I spent 2019 living together in a shared house in a different city, but moved back into my family home just before Christmas 2019. Prior to moving, we knew we wanted a room that perfectly encapsulated us. We love anything cosy, relaxing and warm. Plus moving back home meant a fresh start was ahead, so a fresh room was needed.

So onto the makeover…

The transformation was gradual and took around 6 months to “complete”. Personally, I think it’s so important to have a theme for the room you are decorating. It makes shopping for decor much easier. Our vision was grey and white with accents of colour. Recently, I celebrated my 21st birthday and so a few items were gifts, but most are things we have collected over the years.

Bedroom before 1

Bedroom After 2

Bedroom before 2

Bedroom after 2

Whilst we were living away, a new fluffy dark grey carpet was fitted which was a great base to start from. To accompany this, we chose to paint our walls in the shade China Clay from Johnstones on one weekend whilst we were visiting. Our shimmer rug is from Studio and it’s surprising how much a rug can make a statement and pull a room together.

Bed

We purchased a gas-lift bed which is perfect for under-bed storage. It’s the Selena Ottoman bed in another shade of grey which is smart and modern; perfect for any colour scheme!

This bed did come with a mattress, which lasted us fine for a few months, but you could feel the wooden slats of the bed when you sat down. Having a comfortable night’s sleep is so important, so we purchased an orthopaedic sprung mattress and we’ve slept much better since. Decent pillows also make the world of difference, but as we prefer firm to soft, we chose extra firm memory foam from the Fogarty range at Dunelm Mill. Bedding is a good investment to make, think of how much time you spend in bed over your lifetime.

Walls

Our floating shelves are grey and pink and were picked up from shops such as B&M, The Range and Ikea. One shelf holds all of my boyfriend’s Pop! Vinyls which makes for a clean but cool display. B&M are also great for affordable photo frames that come in some lovely colours and designs. I purchased a pomegranate print from fellow blogger Zoe Ware’s store – it’s great to support smaller businesses too! A large station-style clock can be found at Wilkos.

Frames; including soundwave print for our “relationship song”

Station-style clock

We have a couple of canvases dotted around, from companies like Photobox and MyPicture (super cheap but still great quality!). Photos are a must for me in a room, I love having memories to look back on each day.

Boyfriend’s photography on a canvas

Furniture

My sister recently moved up North, and so my boyfriend’s gaming setup moved into her old room so that I could have a desk back. I have loved having it so much for getting ready, working and blogging. This desk has great storage and is the perfect size for the space we’re working with. My productivity levels have definitely gone up.

We have a tall, slim Argos DVD case next to the wardrobe which is actually used as a bookshelf as you can adjust the size of the shelves with pegs.

We forked out for a double dark grey sliding wardrobe from a local store, which has large mirrors on the front which reflects light that we didn’t have before.

My favourite purchase has been this bookcase from ManoMano. Finding furniture that wouldn’t encroach on our floor space was so hard, but this one is a complete gem. I love the wooden legs too – it’s the little touches! Most people wouldn’t have a hamster sat on top, but Dusty needs a home too.

Desk

Bookcase decor

Homeware Items

I’m going to list some bits and bobs around our room and do my best to link the exact item, or at least something similar!

  • Oil diffuser
  • Essential oils pack of 4 from TKMaxx
  • Initial candle from Fox & Ivy range at Tesco
  • Marble slate coasters from ASDA Living
  • ‘E’ Coaster B&M
  • Geometric hot pink tealight holder from Flying Tiger (tealights from Primark) here is one similar
  • White ornament from Flying Tiger
  • White wire storage basket from Primark
  • Hanging terrarium

Homeware items

 

Earring display and eyelash trinket pot

Giraffe doorstop

So there we have the bedroom transformation with a homeware haul thrown in for good measure! I’m really pleased with our bedroom now, it’s the perfect place for working from home as well as winding down in the evening. A room should be enjoyable to be in. Redecorating doesn’t have to break the bank either, more affordable homeware is much more readily available now than I ever remember.

Furniture was probably the most expensive part, but it’s not something we would purchase regularly, so I have no qualms with investing in certain items. Many highstreet shops including New Look and H&M have homeware sections that can be super budget friendly. I LOVE a bargain. Remember some great finds can be found in charity shops too, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the transformation. Question: What home style do you like the most? How would your dream home look?

Until next time, stay safe

Emily x

 

Taking Things For Granted

2020 has taken a turn of events I don’t think any of us could have predicted. We’re living amongst a pandemic, the first I have ever experienced in my lifetime. The UK has been locking down over the past few weeks; shops and fast food chains have closed their doors, the high streets are empty, we’ve witnessed panic buying, social distancing, working from home – and more lifestyle-changing adjustments.

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6 Essential Beauty Items

{Includes gifted products}

I don’t know about you, but I love to have a collection of essential beauty items that act as staple pieces in any bag. Over the years I’ve built up my small army of essentials that I’d happily recommend anyone to have. From keeping up appearances to aiding every day life, these are the essential beauty items you didn’t know you needed.

What is also super lovely and exciting, is that Rubis have kindly gifted me their cuticle scissors and twist nail clippers to share with you all. So without further ado, let’s begin.

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5 Things That Have Been Harder Than I Anticipated

Life has a classic way of throwing its curveballs into the mix, which we can choose to run with or kick in the opposite direction. We all cope at our own paces with our own ways and methods. I thought it would be interesting to sit and reflect on 5 things that have been harder than I thought they would be.

It’s a beautiful thing to celebrate our successes and achievements, but I am guilty of seeing the glass half empty rather than half full sometimes. Most things don’t happen the way you had planned them to and it can leave us feeling quite disappointed. I’m writing this post to share what I’ve personally found quite difficult, some may seem quite trivial and be a breeze for some – but if you can relate to any of these like me, then I hope you feel less alone!

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Life Update and September & October Review

Bare with me whilst I brush the cobwebs off of my blog. I feel like I’ve been so in and out with my blog recently. I haven’t lost the love for it, I’m just finding it hard to have the energy and time to really immerse myself into it on top of working full time.

I love escaping through my words and so I’m back with a bit of a life update as to where I’m at and to look back over the last couple of months. I’ve been writing monthly reviews all year and it’s scary to think there’ll only be a couple more left until 2020 is knocking at the door. These reviews have been like a public journal, keeping track of the year that’s made me grow the most.

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20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years

Happy birthday to me! June 24th 2019 marks my 20th birthday and I am currently celebrating in Spain with my boyfriend Lewis. Wonderful. I cannot believe my teenage years are over? I’m definitely a little bit sad about it, but looking forward to being taken a little bit more seriously now I can knock the “teen” part off of my age. I do feel beyond my years though, I feel like it should be a 3 in front of the 0, not a 2. A lot has changed in the last year that has heightened my adult status more than I could have ever imagined. I’m not a wise old owl (yet), but I am growing, learning and changing every single day.

I remember my 12th birthday so vividly. Surrounded by Puffles (who remembers those), cheesy badges and a blue pullover fleece (12 year olds now would never). Actually, I remember every year quite vividly, and I can sit here now and recognise how much I’ve developed and matured each and every year. Time has flown by so incredibly fast, I find myself struggling to catch up. One minute I’m episodes deep into Good Luck Charlie, and the next I’m paying council tax. MADNESS. So I wanted to culminate just 20 things I’ve learnt in my 20 years of existence.

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Moving Out: 5 Things I’ve Loved and Not Loved

Moving out. Flying the nest. Entering the life of self-preservation. Whatever term you use for the big old milestone of leaving the family home, it’s a topic I don’t feel is discussed enough. I feel like we all know the basics of it, right? I’m not going to teach you to suck eggs, but it’s drilled into us that it’s ‘Move out, pay bills, dislike paying bills, repeat’ until we die. My mum always says “but you used to say you would always live with your Mummy forever” and now I absolutely want to pretend I’m 7 years old again with zero responsibilities other than blowing bubbles in jelly and learning to use a hair dryer.

Jokes aside, moving out is a really big deal for many of us. There’s a select few that can pack their bags without looking back and immerse themselves into life alone, with friends, with a partner etc. I’ve found it a bit tough, mainly because I was prepared, but more physically than emotionally/mentally. So with that, I wanted to share 5 things I’ve loved and 5 things I’ve loathed about moving out, in the hopes of shedding some light if you’re moving out too.

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Versatile Blogger Award

XIn place of this week’s Chatty Tuesday – is my nomination for the Versatile Blogger Awards! I was ever so kindly nominated by Charlotte from https://realtimetotalk.wordpress.com/ and Millie from https://msblife.com/ who are two lovely ladies I’ve grown very fond of! Twitter has allowed me to connect with some really genuine bloggers and I am so happy to have made some friends, which is one of the main reasons I started this whole thing in the first place.

If you’re yet to come across the Versatile Blogger Awards, then allow me to share with you what this kind act of appreciation is all about! It’s a blogger to blogger award that allows people to acknowledge some really amazing people and blogs. There is no competition or fancy prize, just the satisfaction of knowing you can brighten someone’s day. To me, that’s the best prize!

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