Making it Not Such a Bad Day

Making it Not Such a Bad Day

Life can get on top of us so easily. Sometimes we need to just take a second to disconnect from the world and focus on ourselvcs. Sometimes we need to think of one positive thing we can do today. Join the Not Such a Bad Day campaign!

Let’s face it, 2016 has dished us more than our fair share of drama and stresses. Be it political, celebrity-based, or about exams – I’m sure there’s something that sticks out in each of our minds. For me there’s Brexit, it leaves so much uncertainty for the future. Then there’s living so far away from my family and close friends from back home. Irregular work shift patterns and the dark winter days leave me tired and unmotivated.

It’s so easy to let all of this get on top of you, and not just live day-by-day. Don’t get too caught up in the future, it will always be there. Start trying to enjoy the present a little more.

It’s because of this that I decided to set a day aside to dedicate to me. It wasn’t complicated, I just did a few things to help me enjoy my day rather than thinking too much. First of all, I set and lit my fire and then I tidied. My living room had got a little messy and it always helps clear your mind and make you feel more relaxed if it isn’t too cluttered. Then I did all the washing up that I had been putting off as our kitchen is usually so cold. Now so far it doesn’t sound all that great, but you know when you can’t relax because these things are on your mind?

Now comes the more fun part. I lit some candles, got all cosy under a blanket and started to read a book. It may not sound ground-breaking, but it’s been such a long time since I just sat down and read a book for fun. When I was at school I always had at least one book on the go. It is so nice to just escape into another world, even if only for half an hour.

There were more things I did with my day of course, but reading a book was the one simple thing I had pledged to do. I was inspired to do this by Ksenia over at The Life Degree (see her post here).


Not Such a Bad Day: The Campaign

Not such a bad day is a campaign to help you do something positive. You don’t have to run for parliament, you don’t have to build schools in foreign countries, you don’t have to shave your head. These are amazing and inspirational things to do but there are things you can do every day, or just now and then to make it not such a bad day.

The campaign goes like this:

1. Donate £2 to charity here.

(If you don’t have £2 to give, don’t worry, you can still do the other parts of the campaign.)

The charity Ksenia is raising money for  is War Child, a charity raising money to help children who have been a victim of war. You can easily donate through the page linked, and leave a statement of what you did regarding point 2:

2. Pledge to seize an opportunity. 

We should all try to do at least one positive thing a day. This could be visiting somewhere new, making someone a meal or taking a break from technology (says I, writing a blog post on my laptop, smart-phone buzzing beside me). See Ksenia’s post for a comprehensive list full of ideas if you’re seeking inspiration.

3. Encourage and help others to do the same.

Whether you tell your friends about this campaign, pledge to do something together or share this post, you could inspire someone else to make it not such a bad day.

I hope that I have encouraged you to do something positive, big or small – it all counts. If you do donate to War Child through the Just Giving page, please do leave a note with your donation, letting everybody know what it was you pledged to do! Aspire to inspire others.




  1. beautylifemom
    January 15, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    It looks awesome, really! I had a dumpy day yesterday so it’s funny that I found this post today. And I meant your not you’re lol. Hate when I do that! I’m really getting hooked on mindset and things like that so posts like this get me goin! Thanks again!

    • naomirowan
      January 15, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Yay! I’ve had a pretty bad winter, dunno if it’s because of the lack of daylight. But I’m reallt focused on feeling better and happy now!

      Haha don’t worry, it’s one of those things that really irritates me if I notice I’ve don’t it! It happens!

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

  2. beautylifemom
    January 15, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Naomi- I just want to say that your blog looks FABULOUS! I love how well you are doing! I love this post title because it is so realistic. Sometimes there’s too much “make you’re day amazing again” or “smile! Life is AWESOME” when sometimes you just have that bad day! But this post gives ideas to take that edge off. Keep on goin girl 🙂
    Your blogging friend Jen XX

    • naomirowan
      January 15, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      JEN! Aw thank you so much! I’m enjoying it so much, my little space on the Internet! I was contacted by Ksenia and thought it sounded like such a great thing to promote – so I can’t take complete credit for the idea! Sometimes we just manage to struggle through – no helping that, but we can try to make it at least a little better! Sitting and reading helped me so much, I think I had just been stuck in my own head too long! Lots of love xxx

  3. January 9, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Such a sweet and thoughtful blog post. Thank you so much for sharing it! My mind is always on the go and like you, I haven’t read a book in ages. I used to read a couple a week! Might have a go at this.

    Alicia x

    • naomirowan
      January 10, 2017 / 12:28 am

      It was great to just clear my mind for a day. Spend it not worrying, just enjoying life.

    • naomirowan
      December 11, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      I really enjoyed writing this post! It really is, and it lifts your spirits more thank you think!

  4. December 11, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    I love reading posts like this, I really enjoy them. Brexit scares me too and I hate the fact I was just too young to vote on something’s that’s going to largely impact my future!

    • naomirowan
      December 11, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      I was old enough, but it’s so frustrating that it was mostly over 60’s who decided the vote to exit! Thanks for reading lovely xx

    • naomirowan
      December 11, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks so much! They’re one of my favourites to write too – I’ve discovered. So glad you enjoyed it!

  5. December 8, 2016 / 1:11 am

    I’m always in my head and have recently promised myself to do this daily. I love listening to soothing music which instantly relaxes me and clears my head. Beautifully written post..Also I like your new logo!

    • naomirowan
      December 8, 2016 / 1:28 am

      I spend too much time in my own head so that’s why I think books are so good for me! It’s good to vow to do it daily, it’s almost like a form of meditation! Thank you so much! I love having a proper logo, I feel like I actually have a brand now.

  6. December 7, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    I agree. I always like to read before bed, but I get sucked into my phone, which brings all kinds of concerns. Today was kinda blah all around, so I am going to make myself shut the phone down and read tonight!

    • naomirowan
      December 8, 2016 / 12:26 am

      I need to get back into the habit! Even if you get yourself 20 mins where you just focus on you, it can do you the world of good!

  7. December 7, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Aww this is such a sweet positive post! It always helps doing something nice for someone else, but also taking care of yourself when you’re constantly busy 🙂 I really like your writing style! xx

    • naomirowan
      December 7, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      I hope it helps people stop and think, just for a second and do something that makes them feel good! Exactly, I just get so caught up and end up feeling constantly stressed. Thank you so much! xx

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