Monday 30 March 2020

5 Ways To Get Through A Stressful Day

**Collaborative Post**

We all have days we would rather restart, crawl back into bed and forget they ever happened right? You know those days where you can feel your stress levels rising by the minute? Where it feels like whatever you do is wrong or impossible? Yep we have all been there whether it be at home, work or another situation entirely. With the current situation going on across the world right now too, a lot of us are feeling extra pressure, stress and worry in our day to day lives.  

Whilst it might feel rubbish at the time, there are things we can all do to try and help ourselves or to help others through a bad or stressful day. So here are some of my top tips for getting through a stressful day. 

Write Things Down

Writing things down, especially things that are bothering you or making you sad, angry or frustrated is a great way to vent if you can't vent to others. It allows you to get all of your feelings out in the open and it can often by the case that once you start writing, the emotions just flow out onto the paper. 

Once you have written everything down its up to you what yo do with the paper, through it, keep it, read it aloud or never to be seen again. The important thing is getting your feelings down so they aren't only trapped inside your own head.


I think lots of adults will agree when we say that coffee solves many problems. In fact for many coffee is the best way to start the day, to get going and ready for whatever the day ahead may bring. But coffee can also help if you are feeling down or stressful day. It can provide that boost of energy if you are feeling low, or just a warm comforting feeling if you are stressed out. It has the ability to bring friends together over a coffee, cake a natter and with so many coffee varieties to choose from, there is something for most tastes too. 

There are many different types of coffee and if you are looking to find out a little more about coffee or what might be the perfect coffee for you, Marco from The Coffee Buzz has a great website. It can help you find the best coffee equipment, give you tips on a better tasting coffee and much more, ensuring when you really need a good coffee after a stressful day, you will have the very best to hand.  

Take a Break

If your day allows you to, there is no harm in admitting that you need a break. Especially if you are trapped in a busy work environment, noisy confined office or just a house full of very excitable children. Grab a coffee, read a chapter of a good book or just step outside for some fresh air and quiet. 

Whether its 5 minutes or an hour, taking a break is really important for your own health and wellbeing so be sure to factor these into your day where possible. If you can't for in any "extra" breaks why not consider taking your lunch break out of the office or away from the space causing you stress? Just being able to step away for a short time to gather your thoughts can really help.

Make Time To Switch Off & Move on

As tempting as it can be, going home and going straight to bed can actually be counter productive to a bad day. After a bad day give yourself time to yourself, to relax, unwind and switch off. To process what has happened that day and move on from it or find a resolution. Maybe its a relaxing bath, calling a friend for a good chat or just getting into your comfy pjs and finding a good film or box set to watch in bed. 

Whatever helps you to unwind, try to find time for it every day but even more so after a stressful day. Try not to carry one bad day onto the next, instead choosing to start a refresh the following day can help you stay positive and not turn one negative day into a positive day. If you struggle to switch off there are some fantastic meditation or breathing techniques out there that can really help. 

Get Organised and Break Things Down

The feeling of being overwhelmed often goes hand in hand with feeling stressed. When we become overwhelmed our stress levels quickly rise and before we know it, those tasks all seem so hard and we start to shut down. 

If you can, take some time to get organised. Wipe the slate clean and start again. Organise your jobs or things that need doing, prioritise them into things that are urgent, things that need doing and things that can definitely wait. It means you will know what you need to focus on which will hopefully be a much smaller list than the one that was overwhelming you before. Make a list and then tick things off as you go, it sounds so simple but it can be so satisfying ticking things off as you get them done, a visual representation that you are getting things done! 

And of course most importantly...

Don't ever feel ashamed of reaching out for help whether that be from family, friends or colleagues. You are not alone and we all have stressful, overwhelming days. We all reach a point where we need to ask for help or share the load and there really is no shame in that. 

Ultimately your health, both physical and mental has to come first, don't let the stress consume you. Take one day at a time, one hour at a time if you need to and remember to always make time for you. 


**This is a collaborative post**


  1. I know things are bad when I don't choose coffee, instead I reach straight for the teabags and a sugar... plus a dunky biscuit or two! :) Some really handy tips and certtainly much needed at the moment. There are going to be many peaks and troughs over the coming weeks... but we can do this! Hope you are well! Sim x

  2. I find that when I organise and plan things a day in advance I tend to get stressed less like what to cook the next day or what activities we will be doing or even chores to complete.

  3. I start most days with a cup of coffee and 15 minutes alone with myself. It's a great time to try to clear things that might be stuck in my head, which helps me start the day feeling more positive.

  4. I love going for a walk or picking up my latest sewing project, that definitely helps me get through a stressful day.

  5. I am more of a tea drinker personally. I do like to off load my thoughts into a journal to get them out of my head. I like to meditate too :)

  6. I used to work nights as a nurse and I could not have managed without coffee. I think some people are going through unimaginable stress at present.

  7. Thanks so much for these tips, with the kids at home, juggling work and the house I can feel my stress levels rising!

  8. I am not a coffee drinker but I do love a lovely cuppa and a couple of biscuits to dunk

  9. Breathing is so important when feeling anxious. I practice square breathing (In - 2 - 3 - 4, hold 2-3-4, out 2-3-4, hold 2-3-4) and it makes all the difference!
    C x

  10. I'm not a coffee drinker as I find it gives me migraines, so for me it will always be tea with milk and two. These are some great tips.

  11. There is a lot of stress points at the moment as everything is different, it's improtant to just stop and breath and then whatever works for you. I like lists to help me kee things in check. Mich x

  12. Writing things down really helps. Often I have so many thoughts running through my head I just cant concentrate, so i do a brain dump. I just write everything down. Then go for a nice bath then come back to what I have written and try and organise things a little.