28 things to do when you’re having a bad day

28 things to do when you're having a bad day

We all have them. Bad days. Some more than others, but everyone has them. Those days where even so much as dropping your pen on the floor will make you burst into tears. (Totally not a true story…) I’ve had a few of them recently, which sucks. But the best thing about them is when they’re over, you’ve got through it and you can be super proud of yourself for not crying too much when you dropped your pen on the floor. Because of the sudden abundance of bad days in my life at the moment, I feel quite equipped to tell you all what I believe to be the best things to do when one appears. So here is Rhianna’s super duper fantastic tried and tested list of things to do when you’re having a bad day.

1. Have a good old cry. There’s nothing as cathartic as just crying until you feel better. Maybe watch a sad film to set you off, always works for me.

2. Eat all the chocolate. Because calories don’t count when you’re sad. (Disclaimer: technically they do. But your happiness is 10,000 times more important. And chocolate makes you happy. That’s just science.)

3. Drink all the tea. Whatever tea takes your fancy. Let it cuddle your soul with it’s comforting warmth.

4. Have something a little stronger. I am not condoning alcoholism here, but sometimes the only thing that works is a large measure of gin.

5. Nap. If you can nap. I’m the worst napper, it makes me feel groggy. But if you’re a champion napper, go lay your head on that pillow for a little bit.

6. Watch some funny TV that you can just tune out to. My suggestions are F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Parks & Recreation, The US Office or The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Proven to lift even the worst of moods.

7. Or watch a funny film. Or anything Disney.

8. Watch a sad film – sometimes that’s all that helps.

9. Pizza. Just pizza. Shhhh don’t question it. You know it’s the right thing to do.

10. Read a book. I don’t know, there’s just something nice and relaxing about getting lost in your own imagination.

11. Have a competition with yourself to see how many Lush bath bombs you can have in one bath until you feel like a sparkly fairy. It’s probably not even that many. (Or, just have a normal bath – they’re great too.)

12. Alternatively, if you don’t have a bath, have the longest, hottest shower ever. Cleanse away the sadness.

13. Watch YouTube videos of kittens.

14. Or bunnies.

15. Or puppies. Just something cute.

16. Listen to some of your favourite music. Just lie down, close your eyes and listen. (Or, if you’re like me, sing at the top of your voice and cry whilst you’re singing. It’s really pretty and attractive to watch, I’m sure.)

17. Meditate. Okay, so I know this post has been on the whole a little lighthearted but this is a more serious one. Meditation genuinely works. Do it. (I recommend Headspace if you want to get hooked on the free version then feel like you desperately need to part with a monthly subscription for more. Or Calm if you want something that’s almost as good and also free.)

18. Blankets and socks. The fluffier the better.

19. Search for quotes on Instagram and feel like an unstoppable queen.

20. Cuddle an animal. Doesn’t even have to be your animal, just has to be friendly. (Should probably be your animal, though.)

21. Moan on Twitter. Because people on Twitter are all super nice (especially if you’re a blogger – you guys flipping rule) and they’ll send you compliments and make you feel all fuzzy inside.

22. Put on some makeup and take some killer selfies. Because you’re sexy. And you know it. And everyone else should know it, too.

23. Paint your nails. There’s something relaxing about concentrating on painting your nails.

24. Colour in something. (Not random things like the walls or the cat, actual things like colouring books or online printables).

25. Search through the LOL section on Buzzfeed.

26. Do some exercise. It doesn’t have to be much. But, you know, endorphins and all that.

27. Go outside for a bit. Walk the dog, walk by yourself, run, skip, jump, just stand in the back garden. Fresh air is just wonderful when you feel shit. Unless it’s raining, snowing or windy, in which case – inside warmth is much more appealing.

28. Listen to Bad Day by Daniel Powter because he clearly just gets you.

So there it was. The list. The UBER list of things to do when you’re having a bad day. If you’re having a bad day, just remember y’all are amazing and you’re going to get through it. Now go cuddle a kitten, get a cup of tea and watch videos of dogs doing stupid things. You got this.

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  1. Chloe Thomas
    25th April 2017 / 9:38 am

    I love this list! I totally agree with the crying part, I usually feel so much better after I’ve done that! Also the TV is a good idea since watching easy stuff that’s feel good can really help too.

    – Chloe

  2. Rhiannon Blewer
    22nd August 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Tea and disney are the best way to cheer yourself up! Thanks for the other ideas xo


  3. Erika
    20th July 2016 / 7:03 pm

    This post is so perfect. Made me smile and laugh while reading through! Thanks for this :)

  4. Larissa Aziz
    13th July 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Love this! Definitely with you on F.R.I.E.N.D.S! NOTHING makes me laugh like that programme :)

    Larissa x http://www.giantlittlesteps.com

  5. 3rd June 2016 / 4:11 pm

    All of these are fab but I have to say, fresh fluffy socks make ALL the difference even in the summer!

    Tore | http://www.atinymew.com xo

  6. Leanne Allard
    30th May 2016 / 12:32 am

    This post is amazing!! I will model myself on you for future blogging. You write so well
    And I appreciate your very dry sense of humour!
    Very much relating to everything you wrote, things I would advise myself ☺ happy to have found your blog ? xx

  7. Diana Maria
    20th April 2016 / 1:19 am

    I’ve heard Headspace is a great app and I agree that meditation really helps! A good cry, a good book and some tea always help me feel a bit better on bad days. We all have them so I feel like these tips will come in use more than once!

    My Lovelier Days

  8. 30th January 2016 / 10:06 am

    Cuddle my dogs and nap are my go to things. It’s like “I’m not bothered. zzzzzz”

  9. 26th January 2016 / 6:45 pm

    I love this list! Can’t beat pizza and a good movie :)

  10. 25th January 2016 / 7:30 am

    I definitely do a mixture of all of these – although the good ol’ lying in bed with a beloved favourite classic is probably still the top one on my list :)

  11. 25th January 2016 / 2:54 am

    When I’m sad, I always watch “Up” to make myself cry then I watch a marathon of feel-good tv. Then I have pizza and chocolate. This list rules. I’m sorry you’re having bad days. :(

  12. Ayre
    25th January 2016 / 1:28 am

    I totally agree that watching a sad film helps because then it helps you to cry and by the time you’re exhausted crying, you feel better. Also, I LOVE coloring books! it’s so effective at improving my mood :)

    Arianne | Ayre

  13. 24th January 2016 / 10:58 am

    Love this post so much… It will be perfect when a bad day comes! X

  14. 23rd January 2016 / 7:30 pm

    These are some really great tips! I usually get in, have chocolate and watch a film in bed. It’s so nice to just shut everything away and focus on something likely to be 100% impossible in real life.

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

  15. 23rd January 2016 / 5:49 pm

    I literally drop my pen all the time, I’ve done it too many times to even cry anymore haha! Blankets and fluffy socks will always do it for me and drinking wine and crying to a good chick flick! Oh what fun it is being a hormonal woman haha!

    Tania | teabee94.blogspot.co.uk xo

  16. 23rd January 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Great post with some fab ideas for dealing with those bad days! I’ll definitely be referring back to this list in the future, as I have bad days quite often! Thanks :) x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  17. 23rd January 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Drink allll the tea! I loved the third point because that’s generally my reaction when my anxiety flares. I’ll never say no to a Lush bath either!


  18. 23rd January 2016 / 10:21 am

    I currently have a cold and I’m feeling pretty sorry for myself so this list appeared on my feed at the right time! I think pizza might be on the agenda… xx


  19. 23rd January 2016 / 9:44 am

    I think bad week comes to mind when I think of bad days, and I absolutely love the idea of number 11, it had me laughing! Really great tips, and I know what you mean about the pride of not completely losing it when things don’t go so well and making it out the other side like a queen!

    and Sandals Blog

  20. 23rd January 2016 / 9:27 am

    Great tips – I know what I’ll be doing the next time my day just refuses to go well!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


  21. Nameless Gap
    22nd January 2016 / 10:48 pm

    this is such a lovely post! we all have bad days and these little things can defintely halp to make thme a bit better!
    Paula | http://www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

  22. 22nd January 2016 / 7:58 pm

    So many great things to do when you’re not feeling the best – watching something like The Office or f.r.i.e.n.d.s always cheers me right up!

    Lucy | Forever September

  23. 22nd January 2016 / 6:08 pm

    LOVE THIS. I actually have bad day – daniel powter on my driving to work playlist so even when I am sad and having a bad day I just sing along and it gets so much better haha. Gin is always a good idea when you’re having a bad day haha.

    Chloe | Mojichlo xxx

  24. 22nd January 2016 / 2:56 pm

    I love this. Pizza definitely helps when you’re having a bad day. “Calories don’t count when you’re sad” yessss, living by this.

    Katy Belle | http://www.katybelle.co.uk

  25. 22nd January 2016 / 11:58 am

    On the bad days I turn into a huge emotional wreck. Usually what I do to sort of free myself from that state of mind is hiding under the blanket with a phone or laptop, watching videos of puppies or cats, firstly starting crying because of sadness and then it slowly processing into crying because of puppies cuteness. Afterwards I stand up and laugh at how silly I am. LOL. I hate bad days :(

  26. Jordan Courtney
    22nd January 2016 / 10:34 am

    Yessss! Such a good post! Some people say you shouldn’t dwell and cry/nap when you’re having a bad day but it 100% makes me feel better every time! I’m also pretty sure pizza, chocolate and tea is the best combination!

    Jordan | JordanCourtney

  27. 22nd January 2016 / 10:30 am

    I’m with you on all of this. However, I have got a bone to pick with you because I’ve not even listened to it in years but I now have Bad Day stuck in my head and IT’S SO HARD TO GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD! I remember when it first came out and it would get stuck in my head all the time – apparently listening to the National Anthem gets songs unstuck….

    • 22nd January 2016 / 10:31 am

      HAHA! I’m not even sorry – it’s a TUNE.

  28. megsiobhan
    22nd January 2016 / 10:17 am

    Yes yes yes yes to ALL of this. I honestly can’t choose just one point because I try all of them in some shape or form when I’m feeling down!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  29. 22nd January 2016 / 10:03 am

    Next time I’m having a bad day, I’m referring back to this wonderful list! Having a bath is always something I do when I’m feeling a bit moody! x

    Jodie | Jodie Loue

    • 22nd January 2016 / 9:50 am

      Thanks Phoebe! I’m loving writing them! :) Xx

  30. Robyn Taylor
    22nd January 2016 / 9:40 am

    Listen to Bad Day, im howling haha! What a tune! I usually opt for looking at pictures of kittens, watching videos of kittens or simply just cuddling my own kitten. Works every time.

    Robyn / http://www.phasesofrobyn.com

  31. 22nd January 2016 / 6:40 am

    #21, #22 and #24, totally did that like yesterday, and you are right, the day got so much better! :)
    Lighthearted or not, this is quite a resourceful post, going to take your advice and take a long hot bath today I think. Keep the great posts coming!