WELLBEING STORIES: MUSIC MAKES ME HAPPY

Wellbeing Stories: Music - Sometimes I think music is my church. It’s the place I go to, to feel that everything is connected and intertwined, a place to find and feel something outside of myself and a higher state of consciousness. It’s also a place to get reflective and have some space to think about what is happening in my life and to let the weekly/daily happenings settle. Finally, it’s something to turn to when things don’t make sense and I feel a little lost. 

Sometimes I think music is my church. It’s the place I go to, to feel that everything is connected and intertwined, a place to find and feel something outside of myself, a higher state of consciousness. It’s also a place to get reflective and have some space to think about what is happening in my life and to let the weekly/daily happenings settle. Finally, it’s something to turn to when things don’t make sense and I feel a little lost. 

Time and time again I have listened to music and found the answers to questions that weren’t even fully formed in my mind. Music has the ability to express things that words alone cannot.

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RELAXATION IS WHO YOU ARE

”Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." Chinese Proverb I wanted to unpick this concept a little more, and a good starting point is learning to recognise how we physically hold tension in our body. We can then turn our attention to acceptance of ourselves. Easier said than done... read on to find out more...

I shared this quote a while ago in my Facebook Group Seeking Slow and it seemed to resonate with lots of you…”Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb

I therefore thought it would be useful to unpick this concept a little more, and a good starting point is learning to recognise how we physically hold tension in our body.

We need to understand the difference between tension and relaxation and understand how to navigate from one to the other.

Lots of us walk about holding tension in our body without even realising it. Sometimes tension becomes so habitual that we always ‘hold’ our body that way, it then feels completely normal to us. It’s only when we give our bodies the space and time to deeply relax that we can realise what released feels like. And by comparison, we can know what tension is. They are at the opposite ends of the spectrum and in some ways one allows the other. 

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ATLIST THE ETHICAL WISHLISITING COMMUNITY: PROMOTING CONSCIOUS CONSUMERISM

More and more there is a shift towards conscious consumerism. Atlist is an Ethical Wishlisting Community that helps you find and buy ethical products. You can set up your own ethical wishlists and easily add products from your favourite online shops and share your lists with your friends and family. More and more there is a shift towards conscious consumerism.

It’s important what we surround ourselves with; the things we choose to have in our homes, the clothes we choose to wear, the products we choose to put on our bodies, and the food we choose to eat. Not just our personal choices but the choices we make for our children and families too.

Not just because these choices impact the planet (which is obviously super important) but they impact our health, wellbeing and lifestyle too.

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THE RENOVATION SO FAR: SIMPLE CHILDREN’S BEDROOM

It was just over a month ago that I shared our renovation plans for a Simple Children’s Bedroom. One of my favourite things is uncovering the layers of history that are present in this house. Even when doing something as simple as sanding back the paint on the fireplace, many layers of paint are revealed. I always feel a little torn about which bits to decorate - and by doing so cover up the beautiful decay - and which bits to leave bare and just as they are. 

It was just over a month ago that I shared our plans for a Simple Children’s Bedroom for Bailey (if you missed that post you can catch up with those plans here).

We are making really good progress with the renovation so far and I managed to get lots of the preparing and painting done over the Easter holidays. However, things are taking a little longer than I initially thought they would. I underestimated how much work would be involved in decorating a whole room by myself, plus of course I am juggling finishing the room, with work, and looking after Bailey too. It’s slowly coming together but there is still quite a bit to do…

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