Why It's Ok to Have a Bad Day
We currently live in a world dominated by social media. Everywhere we look there's an instagram post of a flawless bronzed woman on holiday in the Bahamas, or a couple getting engaged on Facebook or a YouTuber who seems to never stop smiling in their videos
When we're constantly consuming this content, it's easy to slip into the mindset that one must be happy all the time. But today I wanted to say that it's ok to have a bad day, it's ok to want to hide under your blankets for an evening or eat countless squares of chocolate. You're not alone, everyone has these days.
Recently there's been a lot of youtubers discussing how they struggle to maintain this happy facade in every video and how they fear if they're not laughing and smiling, people won't watch their content. In a moving video British influencer Caspar Lee said, "With all the highs I've been able to experience that doesn't mean that the lows aren't going to be there as well and when they come it's hard because you feel like you can't speak about them... But sometimes I don't feel like doing anything, never getting out of bed and I want to say that's ok."
We're humans, we have emotions and in 2018 we shouldn't be afraid to embrace those feelings or talk about them with friends. Personally when I'm having a bad day, I like to treat myself a little, not necessarily make myself feel happier, but just to get away from the noise and retreat to my own little bubble.
Here are some of my tips on how spend your next down day...
1. Take a bath
Nothing beats the blissful feeling of slipping into a pool of hot water - preferably with some kind of crazy colourful lush bath bomb. I often like to bring a book into the bath with me and leave my phone behind so I can switch off from social media.
2. Binge watch your favourite show
After a long frustrating day at work, Netflix is my saviour. I love to just completely zone out and escape to the fictional world of Stars Hollow or Blair Waldorf's NYC penthouse. Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl are my feel good TV shows and you'll find me rewatching them atleast once a year. Even though there's a million great TV shows out there, sometimes it's nice to revisit an old favourite that brings you joy.
3. Pamper yourself
Manicure, face mask, hair treatment and your best smelling moisturiser - these are the key ingredients to the perfect pamper night at home. Give yourself the full works package even if you feel silly to begin with. I'm a firm believer in that the first step in conquering the work.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just simply going for a walk, exercise can work wonders on your mind. I personally love to hit the gym and bring along some headphones to listen to my favourite songs while cycling and lifting a few baby weights. I always feel so much better afterwards, even if I only work out for 20 minutes or so. And if you don't trust me, trust science. Exercise releases all kinds of endorphins and good stuff.