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20 ways to find calm when life is busy

I think life is busy for most people at the moment and we've become used to juggling multiple balls at once - our jobs, our relationships, our friendships, our hobbies (and many of us know what a demanding hobby blogging itself can be) and sometimes the weight of multiple to-do lists, errands and all of those other things that bounce around our brain and wake us up in the middle of the night when we realise that something has dropped off our radar. Sometimes life can get so busy that it feels impossible just to stop even for a few moments, take stock and find a few moments of calm.  I've been learning lately just how important doing that is, and I thought I'd share with you my favourite ways to find a little peace when life gets chaotic.

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001. Do a ten minute yoga video.  Try Beginner Yoga with Tara Stiles.
002. Try meditation - the Headspace or Calm iPhone apps are great for talking you through meditation and helping you find peace after, or during, a busy day.
003. Go for a walk.  Try and clear your mind of the anxieties and worries of the day and focus on the walk itself - the smells, sounds and sights of the neighbourhood or wherever you choose to meander.
004. Sort something out - restore order to a pile of books, clothes or magazines.  (I find this really cathartic when things feel chaotic, even sorting something small makes me feel like I can tackle the bigger things).
005. Tick a 'quick win' off your to-do list, then put a big red line through it and enjoy the sense of achievement.
006. Take a bath or shower with your favourite bath bomb, shower gel or treatment.  Give yourself time to completely immerse yourself and relax.
007. Make a cup of tea - preferably a warming, nourishing herbal tea like camomile or peppermint.  Allow yourself to really enjoy it - no gulping it down now!
008. Make something with your hands - draw a picture, bake a cake, sew something, knit something, write a poem, take a picture - whatever your chosen creative outlet is, find a little time to create something.
009. Get your diary out and schedule in some 'you time'.  Think about what you'll do on that day.  Commit to it.
010. Phone a friend or relative you haven't spoken to in a while.
011. Or better still, write them a letter.
012. Go on a scavenger hunt.  Find interesting items, scraps, pieces of nature.  Stick them into a scrapbook or collage.
013. Read a book.  If you're not currently reading one, read a chapter of an old favourite, or a poem you enjoy.
014. Get in your pajamas and slippers, even if it's 3pm.
015. Learn something new - try HowStuffWorks, Instructables, or try the YouTube Education channel.
016. Perform a Random Act of Kindness.  Some ideas for acts of kindness here.
017. Listen to some calming music.  Try the Workday Zen playlist on Spotify.
018. Lock the door, turn off your phone and have a Netflix/Lovefilm/box set marathon.
019. Plan an adventure - something as small as a day trip or as big as your next holiday.  Read a travel blog, buy a travel magazine or pick up a Lonely Planet and allow yourself to dream about what it will be like to visit your chosen destination.
020. Light a candle, lower the lights and drift away...

My favourite candle to burn to help me find peace and calm at the moment is the wonderful Neom Tranquillity Candle*.  It certainly does what it says on the tin!  With scents of lavender, basil and jasmine it is utterly heavenly and not only is it instantly relaxing it's also perfect to burn before bedtime to help you drift off to sleep.  The best thing about this candle is that it really fills the room completely with its divine scent and it lingers for days after you've burned it.  I've never known a candle with such a strong, lasting fragrance before and it's such a unique scent and difficult to describe just how gorgeous it is, it's so soothing and definitely very, very calming.

Neom Tranquility Candle Neom Tranquility Candle Neom Tranquility Candle

It is the perfect accompaniment to planning our next adventure...
  Neom Tranquility Candle

What's your favourite way to find calm when you're going through a busy period?

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26 comments

  1. This is such a fabulous list love!
    xx

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  2. Thank you for this! I seem to get easily wound up at the moment, so I will be bookmarking it for the sake of my blood pressure. My favourite way to wind down is with a cup of tea and a crossword. I'm 25 going on 85, clearly!

    Hannah

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  3. I definitely needed this post, I feel so rushed off my feet lately and it's not been good for me, I really need to find time to de-stress x

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  4. This is such a wonderful post, thank You! All the tips are great and today I had quite a tough day so some of them will help me a lot :)

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  5. This is a super list Rosie, and I definitely need to be reminded to take some time out for myself and relax and calm down. Will be bookmarking this! xx

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  6. Great list! I'm so glad I found the calm app through you.
    Going through a pretty hard time at the moment and needed to read a post like this so thank you!

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  7. Such a great list, I definitely have tried all of these at some point in time. My most favourite is organising little things around me, and ticking off the small things off my to-do list for that sense of satisfaction :) And, if I've got a bit of time, or after I've had a busy day, I love putting all my stress and frustration into a tin of brownies or some cookies! xxxx

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  8. loved this post ♥ ! I´m having a very stressful time now so I´m definitely going to try as many tips as I can! :)

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  9. I find myself stressed out quite a lot at the moment due to work, uni and all sorts of other things piled on top! Thanks you this list, I think everyone gets quite stressed at this time of year so you've helped out a lot of people I'm expecting :) x

    Megan / pixiecrop.com

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  10. Is it weird that just reading through this list calmed me down? I'm off to plan my dream vacation now <3

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  11. This is just lovely and so so much more productive/socially acceptable than nodding off for four minutes in the loo at work (which I absolutely did not do.....) Maybe I should give yoga a go.
    Random acts of kindness is my fave, it's so therapeutic to spread a little joy. Although hiding away and knitting something is always relaxing too, I always feel like I'm winning at life if I can make something.
    M x Life Outside London

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  12. I love this post, it's so important to take some time out and actually use it to relax, rather than winding yourself up more :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  13. I keep spotting that Wanderlust magazine and now I'm magazine lusting! I really need to learn to switch off sometimes, will have to bookmark this list!

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  14. it's a great list, I love to sew to find my calm, or read a book - I always have a few on the go, or catch up on my letter writing, or even just write a bit in my diary to clear my head.

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  15. Lovely blog post, I suffer from anxiety and these are exactly the sorts of things that help! I've found at the moment that taking a bath by candle light is the best way to calm myself! x

    jassyfizzle.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Such great ideas. I really want to rearrange my shoe storage, and think that could be just what I need to feel a bit more accomplished this week.
    Rosie x
    Every Word Handwritten

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  17. Thanks Rosie, I felt a wave of tranquility washing over me just reading the list!! (Perhaps that could be number 21- "read a list about ways to find calm when life is busy!")
    Rachel
    ramblingrock.blogspot.com

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  18. Really needed to read this, thank you for all the tips :) x

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  19. I really love this post and those are amazing ideas!

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  20. What a great post. I think finding calm and seeking quiet meditation to slow down is becoming so important. We can get so caught up in the hectic day-to-day, can't we? Sometimes we need to stop and take a breath to re-center. Love your tips, but love the overall message of the post even more. Thanks - I needed this today!

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  21. I rule my life by multiple to-do lists and it does feel good to keep things organized, but sometimes I do get overwhelmed by it. This is a great list, I really want to try those apps you mentioned. :) x

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  22. They're all great ideas. I am having a spring clean today.. hoping it will make me feel better!

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  23. These are some awesome ideas, I may try one or two of them! I wish I could use one of my favourite bath bombs but I'm allergic to them! Rubbish :( x

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  24. This is such a great list! I can't believe I haven't come across your blog sooner, I love it :) Newest follower right here! Really looking forward to reading your future posts.
    Eilidh x | http://letsgetwonderfullylost.blogspot.co.uk

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