Little things that help me through the bad days

If you live with a chronic illness, you’ll know that you have ‘good’/not quite as bad days and bad days. On the bad days there’s nothing that offers relief to the multitude of symptoms you suffer with but there are the things that can help make those days a little brighter. Below are the things I have in my ‘bad day toolkit’ to help…


I can’t get enough of Hannah Maggs & her husband Steff’s weekly vlogs. I have only recently discovered them so I’ve been catching up on all of their old vlogs. They have a little baby called Grayson who is the cutest baby in the world and watching him always makes me smile :) Their vlogs document their daily lives in such a beautiful way – the shots and editing are out of this world. I am blown away each week as they keep getting better and better! These videos allow me to step into someone else’s shoes for their duration, and experience things I am unable to experience at the moment, like going to the park, or visiting family! It’s lovely!

Some other Youtubers I’d recommend are Tanya Burr, Zoella Niomi Smart & IntheFro (I want her purple hair SO much!!!)

Cups of tea

I’ve never liked tea, but a couple of weeks ago someone recommended I try Pukka Three Ginger Tea as ginger is great for relieving inflammation and pain and for combatting nausea. Both which I suffer from. I really really liked it, and now I have at least two cups a day! Always with a big dollop of manuka honey in to add some sweetness. There’s something very comforting about a big mug of tea!!


Relaxing music

I’ve been listening to Rhodes a lot on bad days. Their music is incredibly relaxing and uplifting!

I also love listening to Nieves and James Bay.


Sometimes on really bad days I get upset and anxious as it all gets too much. Mindfulness meditation helps me a lot when that happens – it gives me with a much needed coping mechanism, and gives my body the opportunity to rest and recharge. If you’re interested to learn more, check out my post on how mindfulness has helped me cope with chronic illness related anxiety.

My favourite TV programmes 

I’m not ashamed to say I am pretty addicted to Made In Chelsea, it never fails to entertain me!! I don’t actually like any of the characters apart from Lucy Watson, but I love watching their overindulged lives unfold. I’m also a big Hollyoaks fan and save the episodes up to watch back-to-back on bad days.

Talking to others spoonies/chronic illness sufferers 

Since being ill, I have met (virtually) some amazing people in the similar situations to me. It is such a comfort knowing I am not alone and that there are people out there that completely understand. If I’m struggling I often make contact with other spoonies to ask questions and seek reassurance. We have a lovely little community on twitter/Instagram that I don’t know what I’d do without now :)

Online shopping  

You can’t beat a bit of retail therapy to make you feel better?! As I can’t go shopping, I love browsing all of the high street shops online from my bed! I particularly like ZARA, H&M and Holland & Barrett (to get all of my healthy foodie bits).

Write a Gratitude list

I try and focus on the good things in my life when I’m having a bad day, e.g. my family, friends and boyfriend. Gratitude practice can be revolutionary and shift your whole way of thinking. I write down three things I am grateful for on that day such as sunshine, candles and my comfy bed.

Blankets, hot water bottles & snuggley PJs

When I’m feeling really poorly, I love getting snuggled up with a blanket or cosy pyjamas. The pic below is of my new fluffy bear jumper from Primark, how cute is it?! I also have to have hot water bottles on my back and hips to ease the pain.


I really hope this has given you some ideas of things you could use to make those particularly tough days just a little bit more bearable. What helps you when you’re having a bad day??


  1. Hayley-Eszti October 22, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    You’ve hit the nail on the head with this post! Everything you’ve mentioned are what help me too. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like tea before though! At least you’ve now been introduced to the bright side (the bright, warm in your belly side) that is the land of the tea drinkers!

  2. berrystylegirl October 23, 2014 / 6:36 am

    Sophia, I so appreciated this post! It’s so wonderful that you are always ready to share whatever help you and can possibly helps others. Thank you for your generousity.

  3. healthyglobetrotting October 23, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    Lovely post Sophia, I didn’t know you had a cronic illness-it’s so hard isn’t it! I am a big fan of ginger have a ‘shot’ of it from my juicer each morning and love feeling the burn!

  4. lennae87 October 24, 2014 / 10:15 am

    I love all of these tips! Nice job! I think I may need to start watching Made in Chelsea!

  5. abodyofhope October 24, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing this list! I think mindfulness is my #1 for sure since many days I’m unable to read, write, or tolerate sound/video. So visualization and inner coping tools have become very important and I’m sure are for many other Spoonies like myself.
    You are sweet to think of others and help think of how to give us a boost! :) <3

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