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7 Ways to survive those 'Grey Days'

Sometimes we all have what I like to call 'Grey Days.' They pop up when you least expect them and to put it plainly... they absolutely suck. 
It's a mixture of everything for me, school stress, friend troubles and even insecurities of mine that wouldn't usually bother me day-to-day will feel 100x worse. It's those days where your best friends can't seem to cheer you up, your favourite hobby (even blogging!) isn't fun and you lack motivation to do anything other than hide under the duvet, sniffling, all day. It's also a day when your self-esteem just...plummets. I'm the kind of person that over-analyses everything, from a look someone gives me in the street to if I sense one of my friends are slightly 'off' with me. This is getting hella deep now, but I've always had a fear at the back of my mind that I'm too boring for people, average and unapproachable, and on grey days it really makes me panic about how I should act or what I'm saying even if it's just a casual conversation to one of my best friends. It's silly and pointless worrying about but feeling like this from time to time is pretty inevitable, and I know other people go through the same thing. So here's another post in my positivity series: '7 Ways to survive those Grey Days.'


1. Just Breathe.
Take lots deep breaths and clear your mind even if it's just for a second. Your not going to feel like this forever, it's just a temporary state of mind and the sooner you can break out of it the better. Most of these negative thoughts floating around your head won't even be bothering you by tomorrow. Just remember it will pass, after all, even the most horrible day is only made up of 24 hours.

2. Panicking
If you're panicking about something happening later in the day, then try and find ways to distract yourself. Have a bath, watch a movie, read a book (or even better, read a blog!) but just do whatever possible to take your mind off those worries for a few hours. What harm can it do? Lots of these things are just out of your control and it's no use panicking; a quote one of my best friends told me: 'If it's not going to matter in 5 years, don't spend more than 5 minutes upset about it.'

3. Take a Break from Social Media
It's Grey Days like this that absolutely drain you, and that's before you check your phone. After that, your screen will most likely be flooded with gorgeous pictures and people posting snaps of their amazing, enviable day and it will only make your feel worse. Trust me. By switching off you'll also be able to catch a few extra zzz's which is always good for your mood.

4. Crank up the Rock Tunes
Music always helps me when I'm at my lowest, and so if you're like me sometimes the best thing to do is shut your bedroom door, throw on your headphones and take to spotify for your favourite bands. What a teenager. A few of my favourites are Halsey, Melanie Martinez or rock bands like The Hot Melts. These aren't exactly your typical upbeat pop tunes but that's why I like them and they really speak to me on days like this.

5. Look after yourself
Treat yourself gently and don't get cross with yourself if you forget something that day or do something wrong. Instead, treat yourself for the little things you accomplish that day rather than pushing yourself to complete every single task. It's a grey day for you, so don't set your expectations too high because you'll only end up feeling worse.

6. Don't shut people out.
This one is really important, but ask for help if you need it. I tend to shut everyone out and avoid surfacing from my bedroom at all sometimes but I think you and I both know that's not the way to go. It's hard to explain how you're feeling on a grey day without simply bursting into tears like I do, but talking to family and friends about it can make you feel 100x better just for getting it out there. If I don't feel I can talk to my family about it, I will talk online to my blogging friends or as cheesy as it sounds, write it down.

7.  Accept you can't control it

Accept that you can't control everything, and you may not be able to turn the day around. None of these tips I've written are for preventing days like this, because truly, I don't think it's possible. You can only learn how to survive days like this and make them easier to get through. There's no escaping a 'Grey Day'  and so sometimes the best thing to do is just accept it and realise that it's a day, 24 miserable hours, and it's over. YOU ARE GOING TO BE OKAY.


I really do hope this post helped you or it's something you'll come back to on a bad day. I tried my hardest to give you real, personal tips that even I use but let me know if you have any in the comments below. Also, what music do you tend to listen to on these sorts of days - hey, maybe you're a fan of Melanie Martinez too hehe! I'll speak to you next week lovelies and you can find all my other '7 Ways' posts here. Just remember you can always drop me an email or message if you ever want to talk to someone, since I know sometimes it's easier to talk to someone online rather than family and friends. I'm always here x


QOTD: WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A 'GREY DAY?'

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    1. Thank you! It's one I've been meaning to write for a while x

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  2. Chums this post is sooooooo good! I think a lot of people will find the tips useful because they are so easy to apply to real life situations. Amazing work as always!
    -Olivia Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Tysm chummayyyyyy!! That's a heck of a lotta kisses this time hahaha I love you xxxx

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  3. I love that 4th tip haha! :)
    Kayla

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    1. Rock music is the best hahaha! x

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  4. I love your blog and I LOVE these tips!

    Ive just started a blog and would love it if you could check it out!!

    Happy blogging !! xx

    coffeeandcoatsblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Aw thanks so much! You too lovely

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  5. When I'm having a grey day I like to have a good pamper session, seems to cheer me up and clear my mind as I feel a lot more relaxed. Grey days do make you appreciate the good days

    Tasha x

    https://itsatashathing.blogspot.com

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    1. That's such a lovely way of thinking about it! I'll remember that, thanks Natasha! xx

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  6. Taking a deep breath and doing things to distract myself such as having a bath or writing a blog really does help me too!

    Natasha x

    www.natashabolgermedia.com

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    1. Yep writing my blog is the best rememdy for me 100%! x

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  7. Great tips, I love blasting out my music out loud...but i'm sure that my neighbours don't haha☺ Leonie x
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    1. Haha, I'm exactly the same! x

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  8. Absolutely adored this post, its always so refreshing to hear someone feels the same as you! These are some really great tips which I need to take on board. One of my recent faves was from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, where she said that all you have to do is count to ten and make it through those ten seconds, then start on a new ten seconds and so on until you feel better! Probably meant as silliness but I've found use for it

    Pandora xo
    http://curiouslilpandora.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much this means a lot to me! ooo I've seen that too, sounds odd I guess but it really does work xx

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  9. I really needed this post right now Morgan; I suffer from anxiety and an eating disorder and have some depression symptoms so dark days come quite often for me unfortunately. These tips are wonderful xx
    www.britishmermaid.com

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    1. I'm really, really glad you liked them Cara! If you ever wanna talk I'm here, you're so strong for being able to battle all these things though xxx

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  10. I think it's so important to remember that you're not alone and that you can ask for help when you're feeling down... that's a piece of advice I need to tell myself more often as well to be honest!
    Aleeha xXx
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  11. Loved this post, and great tips too. Listening to music is definitely how I get through those grey days!
    Grace xx
    http://gracexkate.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. This post couldn't be just publishes at any better time! TYSM for posting this me and my friend needed it! 💓
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw I'm so glad, you're welcome lovely! xx

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  13. Great ideas! I love just relaxing, having a good old rant to the people closest to me and having a sing song to cheer me up haha xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I have a weird obsession to singing to disney songs when I'm down too hahaha x

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  14. Such a great post, Morgs! I love Halsey too :) What's your favorite song by her?

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Yasss finally someone hehe! Current faves would have to be Young God and Gasoline but I love all of her songs to be honest xx

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  15. So interesting post! Like it so much :)
    Love,
    Valeria

    valerianest.blogspot.com

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  16. Great advice. Another way I do to survive any kind of "grey day" would be to play some of those good-old sing-alongs and dance away! The benefit talks for itself!

    PS: Thank you for the comment on my blog.

    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Your welcome lovely! Thanks x

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  17. Awww I love posts like this, I hate grey days... but love cheering myself up :) Love your blog, now following on BL :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. That's so sweet of youuuu! x

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  18. Great Post :) Blogging is definitely my mood lifter. Unfortunately the cold weather that is yet to come doesn't help grey days. But I can't wait for all things Autumnal this year :) Xx

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    1. Ikr! The weather seems to match my mood most of the time haha x

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  19. couldn't have read this at a better time! Thanks for all the tips
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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    1. I'm really glad, thank you x

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  20. This is lovely ❤️ I've been all about getting out of ruts lately ��

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    1. Aw thanks Rebecca! Hope it helped then!

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  21. This was one of my favourite posts of yours, Morgan - just what I needed on a Monday!

    Mind checking out my latest? - it's a Seventeen brand collab ft. some exciting new releases!

    Alice x
    girlabroadblogs.blogspot.com

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    1. Yayyy! That makes me so happy, Monday's are so depressing haha xx

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  22. Damn morgs this is very very helpful! I actually had one of these days yesterday lol wish I had read this earlier oh well <3
    very very nice post congrats xx
    Sofia

    www.lifefromsofia.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you Sofia! At least you can back to this post then xx

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  23. Really good post, Morgan! I do number 4 almost every day even if I'm not on those grey days, haha!

    I hope you are having a good day!

    Jeff. x | NAMELESSJEFF

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    1. Haha it's my remedy for most things! I'm sure the neighbours don't appreciate me blaring my music out though! x

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  24. I love your '7 ways' posts. They are always amazing. We all have those gray days and thank you so much for sharing your tips to survive them. :-)
    Also, I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award, check out my latest post for more details :-)
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    1. Aw thanks so Barbara! They're one of my favourite things to write too xx

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  25. I'm scrolling through your blog absolutely loving EVERYTHING! This post is something I've just pinned to my internet page so i can look at this and remember these tips. I live in a small place so I have grey days a lot of the time, as there's nothing to do here, so it does get me down! 100% agree with rock tunes, as i'm obsessed with rock music! Not heard of the bands you've mentioned though, so will check them out! GREAT post!


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    1. Ahhh THANK YOUUU! This made my day lovely <3 x

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