Things To Do When You’re Having A Bad Day

Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to throw everything in the air and scream ‘f**k it all’? It’s usually the same day that you forgot something important, the bus was late, the shop ran out of your favourite sandwich at lunch and then you remember that it’s only Monday and you have a whole week to go. These days happen (whether it’s a Monday or not) and we have to pick ourselves up and keep going.

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Since we all have those bad days, I created a little list of things to do when you’re having a bad day. So, let’s get into it.

1. Journal. Write, write and just keep writing until you’ve spilled out all your emotions and frustrations onto the page in front of you. Whether you write a sentence or a whole 20 pages, sometimes just writing down how you feel can be a great way to help you relax more. Personally, I find that lists help me a lot on a bad day. I like to write down all the bad things and try to turn them into a positive.

2. Go outside. It sounds kind of simple but it really works. If you’re having a moment of stress, drop what you’re doing, walk outside and take a deep breath. It works wonders for me each time I do it.

3. Read inspirational quotes. So you’re feeling down and needing a little bit of an uplift..?! Maybe words from some of the best writers in the world will help. One of my all time favourite quotes is ‘An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming’.

4. Binge watch a TV show with a cup of tea. Maybe tea isn’t your thing but I’m pretty sure that binge watching a TV show is definitely everyone’s thing. I’m currently binge watching The 100 and whenever I feel like poop, I just plonk myself with a cup of tea in front of the TV and sit there for a few hours. Always works.

5. Take a nap. This probably isn’t the best way to deal with things but it’s definitely my favourite!

I would love to know what you do when you’re having a bad day..

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My Experience with Psychotherapy After Two Weeks

Talking about my mental health problems is something that I really struggle to do. I don’t like to feel like I’m annoying people or making people feel like I’m trying to get sympathy. I much prefer to stay quiet and just hope that things will get better by themselves.

But what I’m learning is that it’s good to talk about how you feel. Actually, scrap that, it’s GREAT to talk about how you feel. I’ve always heard the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ and I never truly understood it… until now.

I’ve suffered from depression for quite a few years but over the past couple of years, things have just been very bad for me. I started hearing voices in my head and having hallucinations. I didn’t even notice that these things were happening at first. I took imaginary friends to a whole new level!

My boyfriend, Simon was the one who encouraged me to get help. He didn’t force me but he explained that just a little trip to the GP would make me feel a lot better and it would send me on the road to recovery.

My GP was lovely and referred me to the hospital for psychotherapy. After a long wait on a very long waiting list, I finally got in.


Heading to my first psychotherapy appointment was a horrific moment. It didn’t help that we had to get three different busses just to get there. I was having panic attacks all the way there and all my head could think about was ways to get out of going. I remember being terrified that the psychotherapist would laugh at me or think that I was stupid if I told her how I felt.

When we finally arrived at the hospital, we had a long wait in an empty waiting room. The only thing was that it wasn’t empty to me. Thanks to my funny brain, I could see people sat everywhere looking at me and giggling to each other about how ugly and annoying I was.

Simon had let me bring my favourite teddy with my to my appointment which made the wait a lot easier. I sat with my teddy on my knee and just cuddled it until it was my turn to be seen.

When the psychotherapist first came out to get me, I panicked. I buried my face into Simon and tried to turn invisible. I have no idea now why I thought that would work but I was scared so I probably wasn’t thinking straight.

With a little encouragement, I finally went into a room with my psychotherapist. And from there, things got a lot easier.

My psychotherapist was so incredibly lovely. We spent the whole hour just getting to know each other and talking about my childhood.

Usually I struggle to trust people and I don’t often open up but my psychotherapist made me feel as though it was okay to tell her how I felt and I knew that she wouldn’t laugh at me. Of course, I had my teddy in my arms the whole time.

The appointment ended pretty quickly and we made an agreement that when I went back for my second appointment, I would come without a teddy.

I left the building feeling so much more at ease and I knew that I wasn’t going to be harmed. I really hoped that I wouldn’t be as scared to go the next week.

When my next appointment came around, I felt a lot less anxious than I did the first time. I secretly popped a little teddy into my backpack and headed on my long journey to the hospital. I decided not to tell the psychotherapist about my teddy in my bag because the teddy was there for me and as long as I didn’t get her out, there wouldn’t be a problem.

Once again, the wait in the waiting room was horrible. I kept looking at the exit just wishing that I could walk out and head home. Whenever anyone else walked past or sat near me, I absolutely freaked out. Why is it that waiting rooms are such a cause for anxiety??

I was called into the same room as the last week and I sat in the exact same chair. That was good for me because I don’t enjoy change all that much. My psychotherapist started by asking how I was and what I’d been up to. This made me remember how nice she was and I became a lot less anxious.

For the rest of the appointment we started working on a huge timeline of my life. I think that the aim of it was to see what was good and what was bad. The hour went by so fast and we didn’t even manage to get half way through my life. We agreed that we would continue it in my next appointment.

Even though I’ve only been to two psychotherapy appointments, they have been really positive for me. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and I’m learning to manage the voices in my head. I actually look forward to my next appointment now and fingers crossed, I won’t be anxious at all.

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The ‘Boyfriend Explains What Makeup is’ Tag

Tomorrow is mine and Simon’s 1 year anniversary so of course, today’s blog post had to feature him.

I recently read a tag post by Kly Talks. You should check out her blog and read the post because it’s so funny! After reading her boyfriend’s answers, I just had to ask my own boyfriend. He has no idea at all about make up so his answers were pretty funny.

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BB Cream – It sounds like cream that they use in the Big Brother house.

Primer – AMAZON PRIME!

Foundation – The stuff that you rub in your face like this *makes a fist and rubs it all over his face*

Concealer – Conceals your face.

Powder – DRUGS

Brow gel – Jelly for your eyebrows….. in case you get hungry.

Eye Shadow – It’s colour for your eyes to make your eyes stand out.

Eyeliner – The thing where you have to pull up your eye and draw a line and your eyes go all swingy and ugh, yucky.

Mascara – *after a long pause* A mask for Cara? I’m not even trying to be funny. I just have no idea.

Corrector – If you get something wrong, you can do it right again. Like tipex for your face.

Contour – You always do this. Blending in different types of make up.

Blusher – When you see a boy that you like. (Bless him for thinking this)

Bronzer – Make your face more bronze.

Highlighter – Highlight your face.

Setting Spray – So it doesn’t run? Was I right?

Lip Liner – To line your lips together (this makes no sense but oh well..)

So after asking my boyfriend what he thought these make up products were, I truly understood that he pays absolutely no attention to me when I do my make up.

Feel free to do this tag and let me know so that I can read your post.

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I Got A Pet Bunny

I have always been in love with rabbits. When I was a little girl, I had pet rabbits but as I grew up, my parents refused to let me get more. Now that I’ve move out of my parents house and in with my boyfriend, I can finally get a pet bunny.

It took a lot of persuasion but my boyfriend, Simon finally decided that I could have a bunny. It wasn’t too hard to pursued him after dragging him into Pets At Home to look at adopting a rabbit.

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As soon as I saw Lucy in Pets At Home, I fell in love with her. I gave Simon the cutest look that I could possibly muster and he gave in. I’m so spoilt!

Lucy settled in so well. We adopted her yesterday evening and as I type this, she is currently jumping around the living room. She adapted to Simon and I within an hour and she already feels like a huge part of the family.

She is our spoilt Princess.

If you’re looking to get yourself a lovely little friend like Lucy then please do try to adopt a bunny rather than buying one. There’s so many adorable rabbits in the world waiting for a loving home.

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SpreePicky Wishlist | June 2016

I mentioned on Twitter that I haven’t posted a wishlist recently so I thought I would show you all what I’ve been wishing for from SpreePicky. As always, if you’re interested in buying any of the things that I talk about then you can click on the little ‘x’ and it will take you to the item.

Blue/Pink Kawaii Heart Hallow Cross Body Bag SP167066 [x]

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This bag is absolutely adorable. I feel like it would look great with just a few bits in like a coin purse and your phone. The only problem with this bag is that it’s £53.72 which I feel is a little pricey considering I found a very similar one on Amazon only in backpack form for less than half the price.

4 Colours Kawaii Neko Cat Cushion SP165887 [x]

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I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like cats! These adorable cushions come in pink, brown, grey and white. Personally, I am desperate for the white one. The pink one is also one of my favourites but I highly doubt that my boyfriend would let me have a pink cushion on the sofa. These only cost £20.93 which I didn’t think was too bad.

XL-4XL White Kitty Cat Print Plus Size Top SP166551 [x]

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The plus size clothing on spree picky is just so cute! This top has adorable little cats all over it and it looks like it would be very flattering. This top is only £24.42.

2XL-7XL Black/Blue Daisy Print Plus Size Dress SP166903 [x]

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I’m not the type of person who falls in love with clothes but this dress is just wow!! As soon as payday comes, I shall own this dress! I think that the blue in this dress is such a beautiful sky colour and the daisies all over it just look so feminine and delicate. This dress is £37.67 which I think is an absolute bargain for this beautiful dress.

Mint Green/Pink Kawaii Rabbit Judy Iphone Phone Case SP165703 [x]

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Have you seen Zootropolis/Zootopia yet? If not, then you totally should. Judy Hopps is one of the main characters of the show and she is totally adorable. Of course I would think that since I love bunnies! This phone case costs £10.46 which isn’t too bad considering how cute this case is.

Have you ever bought something from SpreePicky?

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My Favourite Bullet Journal Spreads

I really enjoyed writing my last post about my bullet journal so I decided to write another bullet journal post. I have been bullet journaling for two months now and I’ve definitely created some pages that I’m pretty proud of. You may look at them and find them silly or a waste of time but I like them and I had fun creating these spreads.

So, I thought it would be a nice idea to create a little post showing some of my favourite spreads.

Twitter Followers Tracker

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This page is used as a little motivator for me to grow my Twitter account and to create new online relationships. I know that I won’t be reaching 2400 followers any time soon but it still pushes me to promote myself more.

You see that weird black mark near the wash tape..? That is a horrible stamp that I used on the next page. It just decided that it wanted to be seen for many more pages. I won’t be using that stamp again!

Monthly Trackers

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Although I love the layout of these trackers, I’m pretty ashamed of their lack of colour. So let’s ignore that part! Last month, I did my tracker completely differently and I really didn’t like it. I just thought that it didn’t look organised and it didn’t motivate me at all. Doing my trackers this way is a little bit more motivating.

I wanted to track my daily habits and my housework. I think that next month I will also create a social media and blog tracker. I just find trackers so helpful.

Book Tracker

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When I see a book recommendation that I need to read, I always seem to forget it before I actually get around to reading it. This little list will help me to remember which books I need to borrow from the library or look out for in a charity shop. Of course, I could just buy them new but I’m a cheap skate so I won’t be doing that. Does anyone else refuse to buy books brand new?

Goals by 2017

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My idea with this page was to create a bucket list but then I decided to add a little twist to it and make it into things I need to do by 2017.  Hopefully, this list will help me stay motivated throughout the year.

At the end of 2016, I will look back at this page and see if I have accomplished all the goals or not. Hopefully I will have achieved them but we will see!

Japanese Learning Pages

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I love learning Japanese but I usually learn the same things over and over and then forget it again a few weeks later. My aim with these pages is to actually manage to keep track of what I’ve learnt and make sure that I continue to learn Japanese so that I can one day head off on an awesome holiday to Japan. I think I translated everything on this page correctly but if I didn’t then do feel free to correct me.

Weekly Spread

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This is the first weekly spread that I’m actually happy with. Usually I find my weekly a little messy but this one seems to work. This page isn’t the most colourful or decorative but it is the easiest for me to organise myself.

I hope that you like looking at pages in my bullet journal. Maybe you can gain inspiration for yours from these posts.

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Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Shampoo Review

Over the years, my hair has been through a lot! I’ve dyed it and bleached it so many times that it’s giving up on me. I was testing out shampoos as a way of fixing my hair. I wanted to see what would make it feel better and less prone to breakage. I think I found the one for me!

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I popped into Superdrug one day and noticed that the Garner Ultimate Belnds shampoo was on sale. I wouldn’t pass up this great opportunity to try and fix my hair.

I never knew that there were so many different types of shampoo. After about 5 minutes of debating on which blend I wanted to use, I settled for The Strength Restorer. I’m not going to lie, I mostly got this blend for the honey. I do love honey!

I have been using the shampoo and the conditioner and I love them both. The conditioner is thinner than usual which gives it a nice coverage over all my hair.

I have also noticed that my hair is not as greasy between washes. I now wash my hair every 3 days as I just don’t need to do it as much as I used to. I find that I don’t even need to use dry shampoo between the washes.

I will definitely be getting some more of this shampoo. What shampoo do you use?

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