20 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Down

I’ve been feeling down a lot lately and being down is getting me down. Bleh.

I figured it would be a good idea to compile a list of things to cheer myself up so I have something to refer back to whenever I’m feeling down. So this is kind of a note to myself but I thought you might find it helpful too.

  1. Have a Shower or a bath – these always make me feel more human again
  2. Make a happy playlist and turn it up loud
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Call a friend or family member
  5. Listen to a funny podcast
  6. Make a gratitude list – I made one here
  7. Make a list of things that trigger your down moods
  8. Organise an imaginary holiday (I do these all the time!) – look up places to see, stay and eat in your dream destination
  9. Make your to do list short and sweet – being able to tick everything off gives me a feeling of achievement
  10. If you have a pet – give it a big cuddle
  11. Watch some stand up comedy – if you have Netflix then this is super easy
  12. Start a new creative project
  13. Clean something in your house – especially if the place is a tip. It doesn’t matter how small the area is or even if you’re just scrubbing down the worktops in your kitchen, every little bit helps and it makes me feel accomplished
  14. Make a fort in your living room and watch a film – because why the fuck not
  15. Bake something
  16. Have a social media detox
  17. Read a book
  18. Change your bedding and put on fresh pjs – Bliss!
  19. Do something nice for someone else – their smile is always a great mood lifter
  20. Try not to make yourself feel guilty for being down – sometimes you just are and you need to just be for a bit

Obviously not all a quick fix but still it’s something and that’s all that matters.

What do you do when you’re feeling down?

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Top Picks #52

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. Not counting Christmas at least. Since I’ve been saving money for my Disneyland Paris trip next month (so excited!) I haven’t been shopping at all so here’s just a fantasy wishlist of a few things I’ve had my eye on for a little while. Is anyone else’s phone tabs completely full of stuff you can’t afford? Just me?

  1. Jumper, £35 – Joanie

I’m not usually one for slogan jumpers but this one is so cute! I’ve definitely got Japan on the brain. Hopefully next week I’ll be posting a Japan travel wish list of places I want to go.

  1. Harry Potter Necklace, £32 – Yay Rae Flay @Etsy*

I saw this on Instagram and instantly fell in love!

  1. Pen, £4.50 – Paperchase*

Another novelty pen for my imaginary collection.

  1. Striped Top, £25 – Joanie

Dinosaurs always get a big thumbs up from me. And stripes? Double thumbs up!

  1. Skirt, £38 – Joanie

This skirt looks super long but because it’s high waisted it actually hits just below the knees. I think this would make a great staple piece in my wardrobe that would go with everything! Notice how it nicely goes with the jumper and top in this wish list?

  1. Shoes, £16 – Topshop*

Since my black ballet flats died last summer, I’ve been on the hunt for another pair ever since. These look perfect.

  1. Pyjamas, £18 – Sainsburys

I haven’t had any new long pjs in a long time so these would be great. Is it just me who finds it super hard to find these type of pjs?

  1. Up Necklace, £6.99 – EMP

I love the up house so this necklace is the sweetest.

  1. Pygmy Puff Slippers, $26.95 – Universal Orlando Resort Merchandise Store

So these would be pretty difficult to get but I fell in love with these the moment I saw them in WWOHP back in 2015. So cute!

  1. Dress, £75 – Cath Kidston

What kind of cat lady would I be if I  didn’t have something featuring cats on my wish list? I love both the print and the shape of this dress.

What’s on your wish list?

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What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix Recently

Since I’ve been ill a lot this winter, Netflix has been a good friend of mine. So I thought I’d tell you about some of the things I’ve been watching.

 

The Good Place

Seasons: 2

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I first discovered this on a plane on our honeymoon and was immediately hooked. When we got home, the whole thing was on Netflix so I binged the rest. They’ve actually been on a winter break and are back now posting one episode a week.

Kirsten Bell plays Eleanor, a women who dies and ends up in heaven. The only problem is, she’s been mistaken for someone else and should actually be in hell because she was a terrible person.

It’s been a while since I found a comedy that just clicked with me. The Good Place literally makes me laugh out loud and the cast is awesome. I would definitely recommend watching.

 

Glow

Seasons: 1

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So I may have binged the whole thing in a day #sorrynotsorry. Glow is about Glamorous Ladies Of Wrestling. In the 80s in LA a casting call was made for women that turned out to be for a women’s wrestling show.

The series follows the ladies journey from women off the street to wrestlers and stars Alison Brie (I know her best from Mad Men). I loved getting to know all the different characters and found the whole show uplifting. It certainly deserves the hype.

If you’re interested, there’s also a documentary on Netflix called Glow which is actually about the real Glow ladies. It was released back in 2012 and it’s so cool to see the parallels between real life and TV.

 

Jack Whitehall – Travels With My Father

Seasons: 1

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Always having been a fan of Jack Whitehall and travel shows, this programme ticked both boxes. Jack decides to go on a gap year style holiday and bring along his seventy something, super conservative dad along for the ride. Hilarity ensues.

I haven’t finished the whole season yet as it’s something I prefer to dip in and out of but so far I’ve loved it. If you’re a fan of this comedian then I definitely recommend giving it a go.

 

The Sinner

Seasons: 1

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Starring Jessica Biel, The Sinner is a story about a seemingly normal housewife who stabs a random man to death on a crowded beach one day. The series explores why she did it. I saw people raving about this on Twitter so I added it to my list.

When I did come to watch it I finished the whole series in about 2 days. There’s more to it then you would think and I enjoyed going along for the ride. There were plenty of twists and the ending was satisfying.

Recommend if you like dramas, crimes and mysteries.

 

Zumbo’s Just Desserts

Seasons: 1

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I was a bit behind the rest of the UK and I only started watching GBBO in 2016. Then it all changed and I refused to watch the new one – disappointing as I really loved the series.

I wasn’t intentionally looking for something to fill the GBBO shaped hole in my life but I found it with Zumbo’s Just Desserts. It’s a similar style to GBBO but it’s Australian and focused on desserts. Adriano Zumbo is a dessert king in Australia (seriously google some of his work, it’s astounding!) and is the main judge.

These are extraordinary desserts! Each episode, the dessert makers create a dessert based on a theme and then the two weakest battle it out in the Zumbo test. They have to make one of Zumbo’s masterpieces and they are damn hard! The lowest scorer leaves the game.

If you love GBBO (new or old) then this is a must watch. Though don’t watch when hungry!

 

Glitch

Seasons: 2 

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I’m a big fan of the zombie genre and Glitch is an interesting take on it. It is wildly similar to Netflix show, The Returned (and the original French version) but the difference here is that the returnees literally climb out of their graves.

Set in Australia, 7 people return from the dead in perfect health and it’s up to a local policeman and doctor to figure out why and also protect them.

I loved the concept of this show but at times it was frustrating to watch. 2 seasons in and I have more questions than answers. They are apparently working on getting renewed for a third season but as it stands, I’m in a bit of a limbo.

I did enjoy the back stories of the returnees as some of them died over 100 years ago. But in terms of learning the how and why of the situation, I’m just a bit confused.

Watch at your own peril – maybe wait until a third season is announced?

 

The Mist

Seasons: 1

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Based on a Stephen king book, a town get’s suddenly overcome by mist which is full of terrifying things. I’ll start with a disclaimer: don’t get too invested in this as it’s already cancelled and ends on a cliffhanger.

This show had similar problems to Glitch in that I have more questions than answers at the end of it. The series was pretty much about the reactions to the mist and people trying to stay alive. You didn’t get much explanation as to how and why and it looks like you never will. Maybe I’ll have to pick up the book to find out…

Once again, watch at your own peril. But even more so!

 

What have you watched on Netflix recently?

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Going to Cape Town? You Don’t Want to Miss out on These Top Things to Do

Cape Town is a magnificent place. There really is so much for you to see and even more for you to do, so if you are planning a trip to the area or if you simply want to find out what there is to do there so you can book your vacation then you can find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know, right here.

Cape Camino

The Cape Camino is a walk that is around 200km. It will take you around 7 days to do the whole walk on foot but it is the ideal opportunity if you want to reflect on everything that Cape Town has to offer. This walk is actually sacred and you will see a lot of sights as you make your way through. You’ll also find that you can walk through the peninsula as well, and this is something that you should never pass up.

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Wine Tasting

Did you know that in Western Cape there are actually over 2000 vineyards? There are also plenty of wine estates as well. There are plenty of places for you to book a wine tour through and some of them may even invite you to do a tasting as well so if you want to make the most out of your money then this is a great way for you to do that. You can go through up to 5 different wine estates per day as well, so if you want to look for things to do in Cape Town then this has to be on your list.

Culture and History

No trip to Cape Town would truly be complete if you didn’t sample the various restaurants that are in the area. When you make your way through the various food establishments that are in Cape Town you will quickly find that the food there is sensational and you may even be able to take a cooking course. By trying the food, you can then go on to find out how they source the ingredients and even where the idea came from as well and this is a brilliant way for you to learn more about the area and the rich culture that it has to offer.

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Sight See

If you want to travel around the area a little bit more, or if you want to see plenty of sights and in a very short space of time then a sightseeing tour is a great way for you to do this. It is also a very fun way for you to see some of the main attractions that are in the city as well.  You can easily jump on and off the bus whenever you want and you can even get a taxi to some of the nearby attractions. One of the best ways for you to take in everything that Cape Town has to offer would be for you to travel on foot, but if you can’t do this or if you want to put your feet up then you can easily sit down on one of the local beaches and soak up some sun. The beaches are just as magnificent as the local attractions! Camps Bay anyone?

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2018 Bullet Journal Setup

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I finally got round to doing my bullet journal setup for 2018.

After falling out of love with bullet journals at the end of last year I’m determined to have a fresh start this year. Once again I’m planning on easing myself in gently and going with a more minimalist approach. This meant saying goodbye to habits like the daily tracker and mood tracker etc. It was just too much pressure. I want to have fun again so here’s what my bullet journal looks like so far for 2018.

I decided to keep the same bullet journal* that I got last September – the Leuchtturm 1917 dotted A5 bullet journal as I loved it. I may not have used it as much as I would have liked but when I did it was a dream. The dotted pages make such a difference when setting up.

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So I simply turned the page on 2017 and started fresh with a hello 2018 motif and my goals that I talked about last week. I had a load of washi tapes that were on the end of their roll that I didn’t know what to do with them so I decided to use them here. I like the effect – messy and imperfect. It’s what I’m going for this year.

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As I always find them useful I did a year at a glance as well as a tracker for Japan savings. I’d seen someone do something similar to this for a Disney trip on Pinterest somewhere. Plus I thought it might be fun to colour in the blocks every time I raise £100. Fingers crossed I can raise the money now!

bullet journal setup - calendar & japan savings

I’ve always loved using bill trackers as you can see and this year is no different. It’s nice to be able to see what has been paid and what still needs to go out of my account so I don’t accidentally spend the money meant for it. Ignore the right side a bit as I messed that up and haven’t found a rubber yet. I haven’t filled the tracker out completely yet as I’m a bit picky and like it to be in date order. I don’t know the date for when our internet goes out yet as it’s not going live until next week (missed having wifi so much!) so I’m waiting until then so I can be sure.

bullet journal setup - bill tracker

As I’m planning on diversifying my income this year, I thought it would be good to have one place to round up how much I’ve made each month. I kinda messed it up so ended up with an extra column I didn’t need (biggest earner) so just came up with something random to fill it.

When it comes to my weight loss, since I’ve been using bullet journals I’ve been going with a graph spread. But overall I’ve found it demotivating so I’m trying this approach of colouring in a block when I lose half a pound. Let’s see if it works. That’s the fun thing about bullet journals, it’s all trial and error and you end up with something that’s perfect for you.

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Since I love a good list, I figured it would be a good idea to dedicate pages to my different businesses to have a running to do list for each.

bullet journal setup - blog & shop to do lists

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So now it’s time to set up January. I started with goals of course but instead of the usual 10 I used to do, I’ve narrowed it down to 5 so it’s more realistic to achieve.

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And then of course the month at a glance. I’ve only just started filling it out but I always find these handy so I avoid double booking myself.

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Then I started with my usual weekly goals and daily to do lists.

Below are some other useful pages I have in my book but there was no need to migrate them forwards. 

My 101 in 1001 progress:

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This is at the front of my bullet journal and still applies!

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House Projects

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Birthday Tracker:

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House Cleaning Schedule

I didn’t end up using this though I liked the idea. Again I just found it to be too much pressure to tick off all the time.

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Master Meal List (and snack list)

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Do you have a bullet journal and how did you set it up for 2018?

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