How to Lift Your Mood on a Down Day


Hello everyone!

How are you doing?! I just want to begin this post by saying thank you all so much for all of your support! Over 100 people are now subscribed to my blog, and I’m so pleased that you are enjoying my posts and that they are helping you guys.

So, returning back to the focus topic of today – lifting your mood when you’re feeling down. Have you ever woken up one morning feeling a little flat? Your mood is low and your mind is clouded by thoughts. Something is chipping away at the positivity in you, and you just can’t explain why. We’ve all been there, and that’s completely okay. But being able to tackle these down days and pick yourself back up is crucial for our well being, and it’s also a great way of practicing self care. So, I thought I would share with you a few simple strategies which can be used in order to uplift your mood during times you are feeling a little blue.

1) Spend time away from social media

It’s very tempting to fulfil your down days with time spent on social media, because it barely requires much effort and it’s an easy habit. However, this can have an adverse effect and actually make you feel worse. Spending time away from social media allows you to detach from the digital world and focus on the present. Spend your time by immersing yourself in other engaging activities which can be rewarding and refreshing, such as reading a book, writing or going for a walk.

2) Meditate

This is great for an instant mood change. It sounds cliché, but I can’t express enough how effective I find meditation! Taking just five minutes out of your day to close your eyes, let go of your worries and untie the knots in your mind can feel so invigorating. It allows you to focus on your breathing and forget about the external stresses which have been on your mind all day. If you don’t know where to start, simply type up ‘meditation for beginners’ on YouTube – there’s plenty of clips to use!

3) Arrange to meet a friend

On a down day, the thought of seeing or speaking to somebody can feel draining and can feel like a lot of effort. But the thought is always worse than the reality, and actually having company can boost your mood as well as successfully distracting yourself from your worries. My friends and I love to have a cup of tea and a good chat, especially when we are feeling down – it’s such a good form of therapy!

So, those are a few tips I thought I would share with you which help me when I’m having a down day. It’s so normal to experience these kinds of days, but being able to pick yourself up when you’re feeling down so important and is also a great habit to fall into.

Let me know how you get on, and I hope they help! Thanks so much for reading. I hope you have a lovely rest of your day.

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Starting the Academic Year


Hey guys!

Currently sat by my desk drinking a cup of tea with some fluffy socks on. Looking outside the sky is a grey shield, and it’s been raining all morning, but I kind of like it because it means Autumn is definitely creeping on us! It’s just such a cosy time of year: lighting the fire, hot chocolates, watching the green leaves turn pleasantly crisp and beautifully orange.

I thought I would write a blog post today because it’s also the time of year where people head back to school and back to University. Being a Uni student myself, I know that the thought of starting a new academic year can be daunting but also refreshing. It’s a time where you can set yourself goals – academic or not and grow as independent individuals. I’m going to focus this blog entry on going back to school, and I’ll write another entry in a couple of days’ about going back to University, as for me, both routines are quite different so it’s just easier to write about them separately!

The thought of going back to school after such a long break made me feel a little uneasy on the days approaching the new academic year. I’d find myself asking ‘What if the work is too difficult for me?’ or ‘What if I can’t handle the work load.’ Everyone has their own worries about school, but the trick of mastering these worries is to try and enjoy it. I know that really sounds crazy, but the more you try to accept things, the easier they become. An example I can talk about is the dreaded ongoing battle I had with Maths during my GCSE period. I’m sure you guys can relate – maybe you struggle with English? Or you struggle with History? Everyone has their own struggles, and that’s totally ok!

Here’s a story for you. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with natural mathematical ability. I really, really struggled with it. I once got a practice exam mark back and was so disheartened to see ‘29%’ written on the front page. It’s a very discouraging feeling, getting knocked back after working so hard. So that night, my Dad sat me down and said “This sounds bizarre, but you just need to make friends (metaphorically) with Maths. Enjoy it for what it is.” I contemplated on this saying for a while, but I realised that the route of my struggle with maths was because I kept fighting against it. Instead of accepting and focusing on what needed to be done, I was very quick to turn to negative feelings towards it because I knew I wasn’t naturally the most talented at it. After thinking about what my Dad told me, I made a promise to myself. I set myself a reasonable goal, which was to attend extra Maths sessions once a week, and to work on past papers for 30 minutes every night after school. I wasn’t harsh on myself and I rewarded myself every time I went to the extra sessions and whenever I completed a past paper. My mindset towards Maths changed, because I began focussing on the present and what I was achieving presently, rather than thinking ‘I could be so much better than this.’ I gradually saw my marks increased, and I’m not saying they increased to 100% because of course they didn’t – and I didn’t mind that, because I was content and proud with the hard work I put in and just the fact my marks were improving was making me pleased. I ended up achieving a B which I was unbelievably proud of, and it made everything worthwhile.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is, if you feel like you are struggling, don’t give up! Fight the battle with whatever seems to not be going in your favour. Whether it’s having difficulty with a subject, or not getting along with a teacher. The power of your mind will win the battle, and holding a more positive, believable attitude will make things a lot easier.

I hope this little bit of advice helps, if you have any questions please contact! Don’t hesitate to comment below to share your stories or give any feedback!

Lots of love, Somewhat Perfect xxx