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Lifestyle 10 Things To Do When Feeling Sad

Hello lovelies!

I wrote a post back in March called 10 Things To Do When Feeling Anxious, and you all loved it! So I thought that today I would do something similar, but 10 Things To Do When Feeling Sad instead. Sadness and Anxiety often go hand in hand, making both lists very similar and pretty much mix and match, feel free to use any technique that works for you!

These are just a few of the things I like to do, on those days when I just don’t feel myself. 

Lifestyle 10 Things To Do When Feeling Sad Busy B Weekly Planner Pad

Keeping Busy and Being Productive

Now I don’t know about you, but when I am sad, I just DO NOT want to leave my bed at all. I feel like wallowing and feeling grumpy, even though it doesn’t help at all. What really helps, is getting up, and getting on with a few things on your to do list. You may not feel up to doing the things on your list (which is where the other things in this post come in) but I like keeping my mind busy from the sad thoughts PLUS I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel happy and proud when they can tick lots off of their list! This Busy B Desk Pad* is super super cute!

Lifestyle 10 Things To Do When Feeling Sad Mr Candle Jasmine Green Tea

Light A Candle

There is something about lighting a candle or few, that just changes the ambience of an entire room, plus scented candles make the room smell DIVINE. I am currently burning the brand new scent, Jasmine Green Tea* by Mr CandleThis scent is really fresh, and I think perfect for calming and relieving sadness. PLUS Mr Candle, Candles have a ring inside them worth between Β£10 – Β£500, need I say no more?!  

Lifestyle 10 Things To Do When Feeling Sad Spotify Happy Sad Playlist

Listen To A Happy Playlist

There is nothing like playing a happy, feel good playlist, blasting it up to full volume then having a good sing-a-long and a dance! You can either create your own, and fill it with all your favourite songs, that make you just feel amazing, or there are many playlists to choose from on Spotify!

Listen To A Sad Playlist

Listening to a happy playlist is great, but I feel a combination between listening to a happy playlist, and a sad playlist is really important. Sometimes you NEED to have that little cry. Let it all out, I think it is healthy to cry every so often. Pick out those songs that really mean something to you, and hit that little sad spot.

Lifestyle 10 Things To Do When Feeling Sad Enchanted Forest Colouring Book

Get Creative 

Being the creative person that I am, I just love getting creative, it cheers me up. Johanna Basford has produced some really gorgeous adult colouring books. I was lucky to receive the Enchanted Forest*, and it is truly WONDERFUL, seriously so so detailed and the perfect tool for distracting those sad thoughts.

Lifestyle 10 Things To Do When Feeling Sad Food

Buy Your Favourite Food

My favourite foods never fail to make me smile. Treat yourself. Buy the food you love the most. 
I adore Walkers Sensations, Thai Sweet Chilli Crisps, plus Pret Cranberries in Coats are my FAVOURITE. The important thing about eating these foods on your ‘sad day’ is to NOT feel guilty. It is totally fine to treat yourself every so often, particularly on those poopy days. Or have some balance, healthy foods can be delicious too, I have an obsession with berries at the moment…. suitable for my blog name don’t you think. 

Get Some Fresh Air 

Fresh air is amazing. The days I stay inside for the entire day are always the days I usually feel my most down. Like today actually…. Go for a walk, even if you have no idea where you are going. Sit in your garden. Admire the scenery, breathe in the fresh air.  

Lifestyle 10 Things To Do When Feeling Sad Loreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Luminiser

Wash Your Hair 

There is something amazing about the ‘I just washed my hair’ sensation. Whenever I am feeling rubbish, I will wash my hair, even if it doesn’t really need it. It ALWAYS makes me feel better. I am really enjoying the NEW Loreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Luminous. The range is half price in Boots at the moment! 

Lifestyle 10 Things To Do When Feeling Sad Mac Lipstick Girl About Town Essie Nail Polish Naughty Nautical

Put On Your Favourite Lippy And Paint Your Nails

Do you have that lipstick that just gives you that little bit of extra confidence? So what if you are staying in the house all day, doing chores or what not. You put that lipstick on! Likewise with painting your nails. 

Spend Time With People You Love 

This one is important. The people you love will always want you to be happy, they don’t want you to feel sad. Thus spending time with them when you are sad, they are bound to make their effort to cheer you up! 

Hope you enjoyed reading this post lovelies! I really like writing these ones for you, plus I love helping people out – so I hope some of these help at least one person!

Lots of Love,

Kayleigh xoxo

*I also like to Read, Watch Netflix, and Have a Pamper, but I didn’t want this post to be TOO repetitive! Check out my 10 Things To Do When Feeling Anxious Post Here


  1. May 23, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    Great post and tips! For me it has to be listening to my favourite music with a big bag of Doritos lol! Gets me in a good mood all the time! Xxx Great Post! Xxx

    Anisha β™₯ All You Need Is Red Lipstick

  2. May 23, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Great tips. Just what I needed at the moment actually! Thanks!

    Renee | Lose The Road

  3. May 23, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Such a great post! Thank you! Quick beauty-related question: what mac lipstick is that? It's gorgeous!


  4. May 24, 2015 / 7:52 am

    Such good points. I always like to listen to some of my favourite music and eat my favourite foods x

    Amanda / Amanda's Escape

  5. May 24, 2015 / 8:46 am

    I have never really thought much about the effect that washing my hair has on my mental state. But you are so right, it always makes me feel better!

  6. May 24, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    I love this post =] I love the busy b desk pad, shame i dont have a desk though. And the colouring book is amazing, i really need to add that one to my collection =]

  7. May 25, 2015 / 12:03 am

    Burning a candle, putting on a singing in the shower playlist and having a bit of a boogie in my room always perks me up. πŸ™‚

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

  8. May 25, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    What a lovely list, I want to get one of those colouring books SO bad!

    Em xx

  9. May 27, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    I love this post Kayleigh! I totally agree about not wallowing in bed even if it is the only thing you feel like doing. I have really learned that this just becomes a vicious cycle and you just feel worse! I find that just going and being with people always makes me feel better, even if at the time it feels like the last thing I want to do. Also, candles always make me feel better! I definitely have way too many…

    Sarah xxx ||

  10. May 28, 2015 / 10:21 am

    Love posts like this – such perfect ideas! When I'm feeling sad I love to have a little chat with my Mum as she always cheers me up!
    Rachel Coco

  11. June 2, 2015 / 9:55 am

    Sweet list, reminds me I need to buy a candle πŸ™‚

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  12. June 6, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Kayleigh this is a great post! I am sat in bed reading this in the middle of the day as I've had 2 weeks from hell with Vodafone & although my depression hasn't reared its ugly head for over a year this experience really broke me. I do already do a couple of the things you mentioned but you've given me some new ideas to try. Thank you xxx

  13. June 21, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    What a great list. I agree that the best thing we can do when we are sad is not to wallow. Doing something even as simple yet beautifying as painting our nails can have a wonderful affect on our mood. Thanks for sharing Kayleigh!

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