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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The 52 Lists Project // Week 42

Happy Hump Day gang, it will be the weekend before we know it now! I'm writing this on Tuesday evening and am feeling a bit sorry for myself because I've just had three jabs for travelling in my right arm and the aching is really not the one. As a complete digression I just want to share that I had the *loveliest* nurse sorting them out for me and as someone who hates needles it made all the difference. It just reminded me that the NHS is bloody brilliant and I feel so grateful to live in a country which has one.

Anyway, now that that tangent's over, this week's prompt is: "List the things that make you feel peaceful." 


Sitting down and having a little think about what makes me peaceful was such a great exercise to do because over the past couple of weeks I haven't been feeling all that peaceful tbh. I've been super busy (doing all fun things so I can't complain) but also I've been feeling quite angry at things going on in the world: Brexit, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court, need I go on...

Because of that I haven't taken enough time to make sure that I do the things which help me to relax and I'm definitely going to carve out some time this weekend for them. I know self-care comes with some mixed connotations at the moment but I personally think that when the world is full of so much uncertainty you can't beat taking some time out to make sure that you're ok; that you have inner peace despite anything that may be going on. There's absolutely a time and a place for anger, outrage and action (more on that in my next post in a few days' time) but you still have to make sure that your own oxygen mask is on first before you tackle those things and taking the time to do the things which calm your mind a little are perfect for doing just that.

So, with that said, here are the things which make me feel peaceful:


  • Being by the sea - This one is the ultimate cliche but it's a cliche for a reason. The sea itself, the sea air and the sound of the waves never fail to make me feel calm, contemplative and at peace. I need to spend more time by the sea this year for sure.
  • Listening to a podcast - It's no secret that I'm obsessed with podcasts and listening to particularly good ones while getting ready for my day ahead really relaxes me as I tune out of my brain and into whatever's being discussed. 
  • Chamomile tea - This is a very specific one but I love a cup of chamomile tea before bed, if I've got an upset tummy or if I just feel like I need to chill. It always relaxes me - it's honestly a herb with magical powers. 
  • Headspace - I have a subscription to the Headspace app and find that taking ten minutes to do the guided mindfulness sessions really refreshes/resets me and makes me feel like a brand new person if I'm having a hectic day.
  • Yoga - Much along the same lines as Headspace, doing some yoga or pilates is the perfect level of intensity for me while completely resetting me if I'm in a bad mood or stressed. I always leave the mat feeling better than when I came to it, no matter my mood beforehand.
  • Lavender - The smell of lavender completely relaxes me, especially before bed. I used to have lavender bags which I put in my bed and now I have a sleepy spray which smells of it which I use if I can't sleep. The smell always calms me. 
  • Reading a book - Much like listening to podcasts, reading books takes me to another world and allows me to really switch off and chill out. Reading with a cup of chamomile tea before bed is the ultimate way for me to feel at peace.
  • Going for a walk - If I'm feeling stressed, taking myself outside and just walking always gives me perspective and makes me feel better. It's so so good for you and I need to do this more often!

So those are the things that sprung to mind for me. It's funny that none of them are 'scrolling through Instagram and the like', which I stupidly spend so much time doing and which never calm me down at all - just an observation I had! What things make you feel peaceful?
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