5 Things That Help Me Maintain My Calm

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Raise your hand if you’ve been having a hectic week. 
Me too! My first mail campaign at work hit a bit of a snag when our package from the printer got lost in the mail. We have a fundraiser event coming up on Saturday. My parents, who usually keep Flora days she doesn’t have school, have been out of town on a well-deserved holiday. William has had a lot of extra activity between school and trying to secure a position with a company that he really likes. On top of all of that, I’m working to be more consistent and provide better content for you here at Full Belly Bungalow.

Things have been GO, GO, GO for the past little while. Usually I enjoy staying busy, but there is a trick to doing so without losing one’s mind. What is that trick? Making some time for calm. Sometimes that’s just a brief five minutes in the morning before rushing out the door. Once in a while you get lucky and can make a whole hour or so for yourself.

Here are five things that help me to maintain my calm.

  1. Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach
    This book was written over 20 years ago and the advice within still holds true. A self care manual in it’s own right; there are 366 short essays, one for each day of the year, on topics ranging from finances to home decor. I don’t get a chance to read it every morning, but when I do it sets the tone for a pleasant day.
  2. Journaling
    I tend to ruminate. By “ruminate” I mean that feelings and events will just churn over and over again in my mind, making me insufferable until I process them somehow. Journaling is a great way to get all of that junk out of my mind so that I’m not a complete shrew. I am a big fan of the journals from Peter Pauper Press. They aren’t too expensive, they are good quality, and they always have fun designs. I especially like the constellation design on this one (big Astrology and Astronomy fan here).
  3. This Guided Meditation on YouTube
    Actually, I really like all of this guy’s guided meditations that I have tried. This particular meditation is on joy, which speaks to me on a deep level. Whenever I have 15 solid minutes of quiet time I try to sneak this one in. It really helps when I am overwhelmed or in a funk. Best of all, it’s free! Try it out.
  4. Calm Chamomile Tea by Tazo
    Disclaimer: I think that you already have to be a fan of herbal teas to truly appreciate this one. This tea is a blend of Chamomile, Lemongrass, Rose Petals, Hibiscus, Spearmint, Lavender, Lemon Balm, and other herbs. It has a distinct floral, lemony, minty flavor. I love the way it makes my nose tingle when I lift the cup to my lips to take a sip. I gave some to my mama to try and she was not a big fan. Can’t please everyone, right?
  5. Dr. Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salt
    I don’t know if you guys can tell, but I have a thing for flowers. Floral arrangements, floral scents, floral names for my child. I love all things lavender, but when it comes to soaking my delicate skin Dr. Teal’s beats everything else. It is so calming to take a nice hot bath with this relaxing epsom salt at the end of a long week (or month! Finding time to leisurely stew in a tub full of hot scented water is hard with a toddler).

There are, of course, way more than five ways that I enjoy some calm. I’m thinking about doing a newsletter series where I can expand upon topics like this. What do you think? Would you enjoy a monthly Full Belly Bungalow newsletter? (I’ve actually already linked to a sign up form in the header if you feel so inclined.) Sound off in the comments!

Here’s to a calm weekend.



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