5 Ways to Turn Your Day Around | Wellbeing

how to turn your day around when you're in a bad mood, on francescasophia.co.uk; a bunch of flowers in their wrapping; the flowers are pink, and are cabbage roses
So, it's been a weird few months. I lost my job just before my 25th birthday (the second job I've lost this year), and was unemployed for a while (I've since started a new job, which I really like, thankfully), and keeping on top of my weird mood swings has been probably the most challenging aspect of that.

Now, before I start this post, I'd like to just say one thing, by way of disclaimer; this post is in no way targeted at depression. As someone who's been on anti-depressants for most of my adult life, and someone who studied depression and worked with mental health sufferers at university, I am in no way suggesting that you can 'turn around' your depression. This post is entirely about turning around a bad day. If you're worried about your mood in general, please go to your GP.
That being said, if you are having bad day, these are my top tips for turning that around - or at least, how I handle mine!

1. GET OUT
Whether you're at your desk and need a walk, or in a room full of people and need 15 minutes on your own, just get out. Personally, I've taken to getting off the tube a stop early and walking the last 10-15 minutes to work in the morning, and repeating the process on my way home - having this time to myself first and last thing really helps me reset, and get out of a negative mindset.

2. DISTRACT YOURSELF
If I really can't get myself out of a funk, I tend to pick up a book or do a little yoga (although, given that I live in a tiny box room, yoga isn't as easy as it used to be); you'll be focusing so much on your activity of choice that you won't have time to let those negative thoughts spiral, or at least won't get as much attention for a while. Sometimes, that's all you need to reset.

3. EAT
If you're anything like me, you tend to let your own health go out of the window when you're not feeling 100%; either by not eating enough, not eating anything at all, or eating foods that make you feel sluggish and low-energy. For me, the best way to get past this is sitting down, eating a decent, healthy, meal, and resetting. You can't run on no energy, and it's important to try and make sure your body has what it needs to get by.

4. MAKE AN EFFORT
This, for me, comes in many shapes and forms; if I've been stuck at home in my own bad energy for a couple of days, I might force myself to get up, put some make up on, and do some housework. If I've been running on auto-pilot because I'm stressed out, I'll reach out to some friends and arrange a mate date.

5. BE HONEST
You're having a bad day. You're not on your a-game, you're distracted, you're irritable, or you just don't feel like it. Just let the people around you know - whether it's your colleagues, your family, your SO, whoever it may be. Chances are, they'll understand, cut you some slack, or at least just give you some space. And then you won't be spending two hours the next day wondering whether you offended anyone (just me?). 
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How I Maintain my Rose Gold Hair (and keep it healthy!) | Haircare

blogger francesca sophia smiles at the camera, whilst shaking out her rose gold hair and looking straight down the lens; girl with pink hair smiles at the camera
As any of you who've been following me on social media for more than about 3 days probably already know, I have major commitment issues when it comes to relationships my hair colour (we can probably chat about the other thing some other time); I've been ginger, I've been blonde, I've been eight different shades of brunette; I've been purple, red, and, for one very disturbing period, I had what can only be described as tiger stripes.
And, what's worse is, throughout most of that time, I paid about zero attention to the damage any of the bleaching, dying, straightening, and curling was doing to my hair...in fact, until very recently, as I was removing what might have been the world's first self-aware tangle from my hair, my haircare routine mostly consisted of 'whatever shampoo my housemate/parent/boyfriend buys'. Yeah, I'm regretting it now.
aussie miraculously moist shampoo and aussie miraculously moist leave in conditioner, with aussie three minute miracle reconstructor, alongside a green dye bowl and brush, on a faux fur throw; a teal cushion and gold star wreath sit beside them, along with l'oreal colorista washout pink hair dye
In the past few months, I've tried it all: keratin-replacing shampoos and hair masks, coconut oil, hair 'elixir', hot oil treatments, and home remedies (hello, smelling like olive oil for a week!), and eventually, I found the three products that work for me: Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo & Leave In Conditioner, and their '3 Minute Miracle' Reconstructor. I'm hooked! My hair is shiny, soft, and tangle-free, for probably the first time in about a decade.
aussie three minute miracle reconstructor, alongside a green dye bowl and brush, with an intense pink cream solution in the bowl, on a faux fur throw; a teal cushion and gold star wreath sit beside them, along with l'oreal colorista washout pink hair dye
Keeping the pink tones in my rose gold locks? Well, that's a different matter altogether, especially now I've promised myself no bleach or permanent hair dye for at least 6 months - finding an intense, semi-permanent pink that doesn't go streaky is difficult, to say the least. Luckily, I've managed to create a bit of a DIY solution: 2 parts L'Oreal Colorista washout hair colour in pink to 1 part Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor, mixed thoroughly, and left to sit on the hair for half an hour; it leaves a gentle, multi-tonal pink on my bleached locks, whilst leaving them soft, silky, and tangle-free.
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