15 Things That Will Instantly Fix You


You’ve had a shitty day. Your card got declined. You read a mean comment about yourself online. You ordered pizza instead of eating the bag of wilting salad in the fridge drawer. And then, to top it all off, you didn’t go to the gym because you were in a food coma, drowning in a sea of blankets, sofa cushions and Netflix.


We ALL hate those days and we all have those days.

Here’s how to fix it and make yourself feel like the glittering version of yourself – y’know the one you see strutting past in shop reflections and you’re all ‘oh hello, you sassy mumma’. Yeah, that one.



Just trust me on this one, it has all sorts of magical healing powers.


Or a sweatshirt, if you’re hip and happening and sporting sweatshirts for fashion purposes. There’s something very weird about the way I pick my jumper of choice during a bad mood, it’s normally an old classic, maybe something with sentimental value (like my Grand Canyon sweater or Kingston University hoodie) rather than the cheap Primark one I picked up to wear to the gym.

Moral of the story: You should always have a GOOD sweatshirt or hoodie ready for when you need fixing. Like a special one.


Sometimes you don’t want to concentrate on being an adult or anything associated with being an adult because y’know what? Being an adult doesn’t involve nearly half as many slides and dens as you’d kinda hoped.

There’s something about Disney films (and HP, obvs) that transports you to a whole other place, away from your own life. A fantasy world that’ll let you escape your own dramas if only for an hour or two, and that’s pretty damn ace.


You can blog about whatever’s weighing your mind down, sure, or you can write just for yourself.

I rarely write for my own eyes anymore, but I have a diary which has an entry every few months when I don’t want anyone else to see my inner thoughts, my fears, my sometimes irrational beliefs. I want to get the words, feelings and emotions out on paper so that I can make sense of them and start to understand myself, away from the prying eyes of the internet, and boy, does it feel good.

If I’m having one of those hearty cries, I feel like the writing down of my emotions is the thing that makes me stop and slowly pull myself together to move forward with my life. I hugely recommend it. Plus, it’s a great excuse to snap up a new Paperchase notebook.


If there’s one thing you should learn to cook in your life – it’s this (or y’know, buy some chicken soup from the shop, but we both know it’s not the same).

Chicken broth with those reaaaaally thin noodles was something my grandmother used to make me a lot and so it reminds me of being little. For best results, leave your broth (essentially chicken thighs/legs OR a whole chicken and hot water and celery and onion and seasoning) gently brewing on a low heat over several hours.

Life: Instantly better. Especially good if that’s thing’s happened where you can’t breathe out of your nose. Sob.


This one’s actually one of my most important ones because there’s nothing that says relax and repair your brain the way a flickering candle or good side lamp does. Or fairy lights, they’re good too. Either way, dim the lights and set yourself a soothing atmosphere.


Well, duh.

Except not the ones that talk about themselves and how much harder their lives are compared to yours, ain’t nobody got time for that.


A classic Hannah Gale favourite from back in the day when I actually lived next to the sea. In the summer, in the winter, in the morning or at night, there’s nothing that helps settle your mind and piece together your thoughts the way the sea can.

It just reminds you of how small you are in the world and of how small your problems are. And somehow it always gives you an answer, an obvious route to take to move forward.


Hear me out, alright.

You know when you pick something up, maybe a jumper or a scarf or blanket or summin that’s just been through the wash and it smells really strongly of fabric conditioner and it makes your insides all happy? Well, just that. It’s heavenly and instantly pleases the soul.

I wish I was well practiced enough in the art of clothes washing that I could recommend a stellar fabric conditioner to you, but alas not. Maybe ask your mum or nan, it’s such a mum-nan thing to know which fabric conditioners smell better than a field of flowers.


Unless the destination is McDonald’s for a McFlurry, that’s A-OK.

These were my absolute favourite when I was 18/19. Those drives with friends that didn’t necessary lead anywhere. The ones that could take up an entire evening, the ones full of gossip and LOLZ and parking up in random car parks.

Except if you’re feeling really emotional and all over the place then maybe, y’know, don’t be the designated driving-for-no-reason driver.


No, but for real. Unless it’s like 30 degrees outside (hello UK right now), a good pair of socks will help take the edge off. I often find I can’t get comfy on the sofa or in bed if I’m in that lazy CANNOT-DO-ANYTHING mood that actually it’s because I’m just a teeny tiny bit colder than optimal nap/chilling on the sofa temperature and socks sort me out a real treat. Or, go one step sexier and go for slippers. Nothing says comfort and done for the day than slippers, nope.


But like, real butter, not margarine. Or crumpets, actually YES, definitely crumpets. There’s something that seriously takes the edge off the world and all the feels about warm, soft carbs and butter.


Any of them. A manicure, a face mask, a friendly massage. Do it at home in front of the TV or treat yo self and get pampered.


All I’m saying is ‘Style’ is one of the only songs in the world that can make me continue running when I feel like giving up. When in doubt: listen to Taylor Swift, Instagram stalk Taylor Swift’s cats and pretend you’re Taylor Swift. Easy.

15. BATH

Eurgh, I know – so obvious, but a winner. There’s something so nice about soaking the day and all its stresses off your skin and starting again. Just make sure you don’t do that thing where you make the bath a teeny tiny bit too cold, that’s horrible.

  • Hot Ribena is the best thing ever! Everyone I know says they won’t drink it because it doesn’t do anything. But it just instantly makes me better, even more so when I have a cold or something!

    Love this list, one of my faves!

    Jess xoxo

  • Eve

    Great post, I totally agree!

    Eve xo

  • Fran

    Love this list!

  • Disney films and a hoodie! Yes.

    Jenna // Beauty And The Style

  • Totally agree with a disney film and a hoodie! They can make any day better x

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  • Yes! The sea for sure, it always does well to cheer me up. I also love the mindless drives, or just any kind of drives, they always chill me out! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Lauren

    So relatable. And I’m definitely with you on the warm carbs and butter! x


  • Warm butter toast, fairy lights, tea, and Netflix are my poison of choice. Fairy lights always make me feel immediately better, I love the way that the warm small lights just set the most wonderful atmosphere 🙂



  • Hoodies and disney, you just can’t beat it! I seriously need a HP marathon it’s been too long since I watched Philosopher’s Stone

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • I’ve got that ‘can’t breath through my nose’ thing going on right now, I’m so into all of these fixes! Brilliant remedies for those shit days. Thanks again x

  • All the candles, jumpers and Disney films. Spot on as usual Hannah x


  • I can really relate to this! Definitely needed to see this list today! It’s just one of “those days”! Nothing cheers me up more than a good cuppa and HP marathon!

    Nicole xx


  • I always have a nice relaxing bath when I’m feeling stressed/down. It’s my perfect pick me up!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  • Hot vimto and soup, YES! The best ever. And nice smelling clothes are the yummiest, it’s always other people’s clothes though


  • 7 – yes friends sometimes do, but F.R.I.E.N.D.S. does all the time!

    I’m not one for aimless driving though, I’m quite an anxious driver unless it’s a route I know. Walking relaxes me though. Plug in some good music and aimlessly amble about.

    Real butter is so much better than marg. Nothing beats real butter on toast.

    Debbie x http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk

  • Ugh, yes. Absolutely agree with this. Writing it out, taking a lovely bath and singing along to some T Swift is the perfect cure to a bad day.

    Rachel | http://www.currentlyrachel.com

  • I haven’t had hot Ribena in YEARS. God, I miss that. I now feel like I need to pop to the shops to grab a bottle to make some.

  • Amy

    Thank you for these, today is ‘one of those days’ & I’ll be following your advice this evening!! x

    Enough said really, I agree with almost all of these (although I’m swapping hot Ribena for hot orange).

  • Polly

    Toast with real butter is just bloody sensational haha!! It’s such a staple at my parents’ house. Totally agree with you on the hoody thing too – I love my cosy school leavers hoody 🙂 Great post!! x

    Polly Cat Contemplates

  • Heather

    Seriously I hope you see this comment, but I feel like I can’t not say anything now. I’ve never been the ‘bloggery’ type until I came across yours. I’m yet to read one of your posts and think ‘I can’t relate to this’. Your posts literally make me feel like every thing is okay again the minute when life starts to get too much. I especially just wanted to thank you, as your posts truly contributed to helping me escape from a dark dark patch and realise it’s okay to feel a bit shit sometimes. So thank you!

  • Disney films are definitely a winner for me — love this list Hannah! 🙂


  • Yes yes and yes! And scented candles. Scented candles make everything better. xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

  • The whole beginning of this post sounds like my everyday life! Haha
    I love the toast one…I find myself going into automatic when I’m feeling crap and always reach for the bread bin.
    Thanks for the other tips…Mmmmmm Fabric Conditioner!! 😀

    Becky @ BKYStewart ~ Eclectic Lifestyle Blog

  • Jo

    Great post Han. Makes me want slightly colder weather??!
    As for the fabric conditioner, as an old hand at doing my washing (been living with the hubs since I was 17, I’m now 32) my ult faves are the original purple Lenor, sleep sensations, and a newer release also by Lenor called Gold Orchid.

  • 3, 7 and 13 are definitely my go to when I’ve had a crappy day! Even better, online shopping!! That always fixes almost everything 🙂 loved this post! xx


  • Great list! When the kids are driving me mad, the beach is always my first place to go to fix it. They normally fall asleep in the car and I can watch the waves… Bliss.

  • Another bloody excellent post! xx

  • I love this list. Disney makes me feel a whole lot better when I’m not feeling 100% it’s just so nice to stop being an adult for a little while 🙂

  • Nat

    These are definitely all things that make me feel better. ^_^

    I love your posts like this. Always good to look back on when I’m having a bad day.


  • Toast ALWAYS makes me feel better!

    Sophie Loves Food | Recipes & Reviews

  • kc

    thanks for this! it helps a lot…. sometimes i feel like i desperately need to try anything that will improve your day :):)
    if you want to watch the sea … try calm.com
    *love it*

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