10 November, 2015

7 Ways to Find Serenity Now

7 Ways To Find Serenity Now - Callaloo Soup Creative Simplicity

There’s something about the last few months of the year that gets us in a panic isn’t there? Maybe because we’re thinking about all the goals and plans that we have yet to accomplish before December 31st. Add to that the impending holiday season, and people simply lose their minds! Here are a few ways I’ve found that help me to calm the heck down, and re-center myself.

Make a “Did it” List

Forget all the things you didn’t do. Take a look at all you’ve accomplished so far this year! Sit and make a list of everything you’ve done this year. You’ll probably be amazed, plus more motivated to finish up a few more things. It will also help you gain perspective on how much you actually can accomplish, before you start goal setting for the new year.

Go For a Walk

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There’s nothing like getting out in nature with some fresh air to clear your head and gain some perspective. Because most days I walk to pick up Kieran from school, I have this built in. It’s a fantastic way for me to reflect on what I’ve done that day, plus clear out my head. By the time I get to the school I am ready to be in mama mode! On the days, I don\t make this walk, I try to get out if even for 10 minutes after I have my lunch. *Weather permitting of course!)

Doodle or Colour

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When I need a moment of zen a spot of doodling or colouring really works. Colouring books for adults are all the rage now, and for good reason! Our kids have it right, colouring is fun, artistic and relaxing.

Grab a Good Book & a Beverage

Books and Magazines - & Ways to Find Serenity Now - Callaloo Soup

Do I need to say more? Yes? Okay. Nothing beats a good book and a hot beverage. Oh and if you’re me make mine a paper book please. A magazine, especially one that doesn’t require deep thinking, works well too.


Do a Brain Dump

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If it really feels like my thoughts are taking over my head, I sit and do a good brain dump, where I furiously write everything I’m thinking of on a piece of paper, then go through and schedule all my to-dos in my planners. Not sure how to do a brain dump? I can help!

Work on a Craft Project – Just Cuz

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Making something just for the sake of making it, not because you need said item, or it’s a project to post on your blog, can have such a calming effect. The simple act of making, especially if you’re just playing with ideas, leads to instant serenity.

Cook Something from Scratch

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Even a simple omelette qualifies. Take a real break for lunch, and in about 20 minutes you’ll have a delicious and healthy meal. We tend to keep ours simple, adding in some grated Comte cheese for a bit of a savoury kick.

De-clutter a surface, corner or closet

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Clutter is visual noise to me. When it feels like objects are screaming at me. I take 10 minutes to clear off the most offensive surface (usually my desk). I’m not a naturally neat person, it’s a real struggle for me to stay on top of messes. But I always feel a million times better when I do! it’s like clearing the visual space around me, also clears now mind.

What are some ways you use to get serenity now?



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  • Grace Howes

    Great list …most of those I actually do use. Just need to do it more regularly. As a journaler a brain dump of thoughts or lists is my go to tho.

    • So true, consistently working these in to everyday life is a must for me.

  • I really needed a post like that! I finished decluttering my desk yesterday and today is great working from a clean and empty space!

    • Isn’t it? I cleared tons of stuff out of my office yesterday, and I am motivated to get rid of even more now.

  • sara

    I love these ideas. For me, getting in bed with a good book makes me feel calm and centered. I will try a few of your other ideas as well!

    • We are kindred spirits! I always end my day in bed with a good book 🙂

  • This is a very cute post Francine! I love the idea of a “Did it!” list as opposed to the endless to-do lists I make every day. 🙂

    • Thanks Liza. I can’t fault a good to-do list, but the did it list sure makes me feel good! 🙂

  • First of all, I love the photos in your post. They’re so bright and happy. I may pick up that Big Magic book, too. Just for the cover! (aside: my grad school dissertation was on the value of book covers in book buying decisions)

    But more importantly, this post resonated with me. Right now, I’m definitely in that reflective mood, trying to ensure I’ve grown as a person adequately this year. I love the idea of a Did It List. I am going to do one this year, and I know it’s going to be a good one! I saw something similar last year on Buzzfeed, and they called it Rememberlutions–you make a jar at the beginning of the year and write down all the cool things you’ve done and accomplished, from travel to concerts to overcoming fears. At the end of the year, you dump it out and read them.

    • Thank you Holly! I’m a tiny bit jealous of your area of study. 🙂 Big Magic lives up to its cover, you should definitely pick up a copy. I like that Rememberlutions idea. I’ll have to remember (ha ha!) to get that going in January. Sometimes I also make a Did It List at the end of a very trying day just to remind myself that I did get stuff done.

  • Kellie MacMillan

    I love it. I’ve done them all except a craft, just cause. Cause I suck at crafts but I’ve been exercising my creativity in other ways. I cherish serenity. I love how you wrote so clearly and gave such fantastic examples. Beautiful job.
    Kellie from Princess and the Yard Ape.

    • Thanks Kellie! The good thing about doing a craft just cause, is you won’t care if it comes out or not. Here’s a secret: that leather pouch in my photo is still not finished because it kinda sucks. lol But I still enjoyed working on it. 🙂

  • Lexie

    This is such a great post. At a time in my life where I’m trying to calm my brain and anxiety…this was perfect. Thank you. LifeAsLex

    • I’m so glad it was helpful Lexie 🙂

  • Aarika

    Love all the ideas! This is a beautiful insightful post. Being in nature is a great way for me to feel balanced and find serenity. Thanks for the wonderful post!

  • Jessica Jones

    REALLY LOVE ALL 7 of THESE IDEAS! I will definitely start implementing them into my lifestyle. Especially #1. I think it will definitely keep me motivated if I had a list of all the stuff I’ve done. Especially as the holidays roll in, seeing that I’m done with holiday shopping would definitely be a relief 😉 Thanks again!

    • Thank you Jessica! And yes, the did it list is really motivating.

  • Great ideas! I love going for a walk – just wish the weather in Chicago would stay fall a little longer!

    • The weather thing is a big deal for me to, I so understand 🙂

  • I love these crisp and always-helpful tips!