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100 distractions for when you’re having a bad day

This is a list of distractions for anyone, whether that’s because you are feeling anxious, stressed, alone…anything or nothing, this is for you <3

  1. Do a jigsaw puzzle
  2. Read a book
  3. Rewatch one of your favourite series/films
  4. Do some journalling
  5. Bake a cake
  6. Facetime a friend
  7. Listen to a podcast
  8. Water your plants
  9. Do some painting
  10. Make your room cosy
One of my favourite podcasts <3
  1. Do some (online) window shopping
  2. Have breakfast for dinner
  3. Start a bullet journal
  4. Do some colouring
  5. Plan your next holiday
  6. Declutter your wardrobe
  7. Text a friend
  8. Put on your favourite outfit
  9. Watch a new series
  10. Read a blog post
  1. Watch a TED talk
  2. Go on a walk
  3. Paint your nails
  4. Try out a new make-up look
  5. Play an instrument
  6. Do a crossword
  7. Watch the sunset
  8. Play a board game
  9. Do some creative writing
  10. Play a computer game
  1. Organise your shelves
  2. Take some photos
  3. Play a card game
  4. Plan what you’re going to buy your friends/family for their birthdays
  5. Cook your favourite meal
  6. Watch a nature documentary
  7. Tidy your room
  8. Do some yoga
  9. Write a poem
  10. Revise
  1. Cuddle your pet
  2. Do some Instagram templates
  3. Make a cup of tea
  4. Watch a game show
  5. Learn a new language
  6. Play chess
  7. Read a magazine
  8. Practice drawing
  9. Do a word search
  10. Play Mario kart
  1. Organise your photos
  2. Unfollow negative accounts
  3. Do a photoshoot
  4. Listen to a new album
  5. Do an online zoom event
  6. Sort out all your stationary
  7. Have a bubble bath
  8. Start doing cross-stitch
  9. Learn the words to a song
  10. Make an Instagram reel
  1. Put on a sheet face mask
  2. Start a blog
  3. Listen to an audiobook
  4. Start a book club with some friends
  5. Take a virtual tour at a museum
  6. Read/watch all of the Harry Potter saga
  7. Host a Netflix party
  8. Do a DIY project
  9. Do some BuzzFeed quizzes
  10. Organise your email subscriptions
  1. Create a bucket list
  2. Straighten/curl your hair
  3. Write a letter to your future self
  4. Take a nap
  5. Go 24 hours without your phone
  6. Do a random act of kindness
  7. Write a song
  8. Put together a photo album
  9. Learn origami
  10. Stretch
When I last straightened my hair…
  1. Do some birdwatching
  2. Plant some seeds
  3. Have a solo dance party
  4. Write a gratitude list
  5. Learn how to juggle
  6. Make a candle
  7. Donate some money to charity
  8. Do a virtual escape room – I found a great Hogwarts one
  9. Create a time capsule
  10. Start a Youtube channel
My handmade floating candles
  1. Watch a film in another language
  2. Look through an old photo album
  3. Learn a TikTok dance
  4. Take a breath
  5. Learn the lines to a Shakespeare play
  6. Sit in your garden
  7. Do some cloud watching
  8. Watch the sunrise
  9. Squeeze a stress ball
  10. Write a letter to someone you miss

I hope you’ve found something on this list to do when you need a distraction or even something to do in lockdown.

What is your favourite distraction?

Best wishes, Cx

52 thoughts on “100 distractions for when you’re having a bad day”

  1. Love these Caroline! Journalling, writing poems and listening podcasts really distract me! And I love Dianne’s podcasts too!😊x Penny /

  2. I painted my nails yesterday and cooked and today I was doing laundry and cleaning. My anxiety and depression has decreased because I find that I feel according to how my environment looks. I also love wriring poetry . Lockdown can get really boring when you dont constantly keep yourself busy.
    So I’m doing to try other ideas that you mentioned as well 😍😍. I loved your post. I also loved your floating candle

  3. holy crap, must’ve been hard having to come up with 100 things to put on this list (but then again, I get distracted by literally anything, even a bug that flies across my face). this is so handy for me, esp since i have to stay at home :((( great suggestions!

  4. I found knitting very soothing for my mind – mostly because as a newbie I had to fully concentrate on it and stop thinking about all the bad I had around. Will give a shot to this list next time I need, bookmarking it now x

  5. Its great that you shared these ideas. I think its important to have plenty of distraction Techniques xx

  6. What a great detailed list of things you can do to distract yourself. This is great if you are feeling anxious and need a distraction, or bored due to this pandemic if you are furloughed. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Love this! I have anxiety and with everything going on it’s been even worse and distractions definitely help. I already do some of these but will definitely do some more of your suggestions, if my kids let me lol

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