A moment of calm

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I’ve had this week off before starting my new job and I must say it has been bliss. We spent Monday and Tuesday in St Andrews before Rob went back to work yesterday and I had the most epic pyjama day, which involved eating lots and watching more Gossip Girl than anyone should ever allow themselves to watch in one day. Did I mention it was bliss?

I figured that since yesterday was so unproductive, I should make an effort to be more active today. So I got up at a reasonable hour did some yoga and dragged myself out for a run. I have run for the past few years and for a while there I was one of those annoying people who championed running, spreading the gospel of feeling the wind in your hair and that sense of euphoria that comes with knocking minutes off your personal best. But at the moment, these feelings have completely disappeared. And the worst thing is, I need them now more than ever, as I’ve signed up to do a half marathon at the end of May. Whilst I was out running this morning – I managed a slow and fairly measly 6k – I couldn’t help but question how on earth I’ll be able to run in excess of 20k in a matter of weeks. Seriously, how?

So, as a lover of a plan, I decided to take a moment to sit and think it through rationally. I poured myself a cup of tea, lit the most beautiful honey scented candle that the lovely people at Urban Apothecary sent me, and decided to set some realistic goals. I’m not looking to run a really fast half marathon or compete against anyone, I simply want to finish it. A respectable time would be an added bonus, but for now, the goal is simply to make it across the finish line.

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Sometimes you just need a moment to yourself with a nice cup of tea and a beautiful candle to help you see more clearly. If you haven’t seen Urban Apothecary candles before, they are simply stunning and the vintage inspired glasses they come in make for really pretty storage solutions.

What do you find helps when you start to panic about things?


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  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    I love honey scented candles. My favorite is Tokyo Milk Honey and the Moon.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’ll need to check that one out, thanks!x

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    A cup of tea solves everything! (a lovely candle always helps too!) I always find a hot bath and some classical music helps me to calm down and focus again. Good luck with the run – I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly! xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      A bath and classical music … I wish I’d thought of that! Throw a cocktail into the mix and that would definitely make all wrongs right. I hope you are well lovely lady!x

  • http://littleturkishgirl.blogspot.com Ashley J

    Good for you for signing up for a run (I can’t be bothered, haha). Like you, when I am frazzled, I take a day off. Candles, face mask, bath, watching Netflix. Only for a day, but good for a refresh!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I love the sound of your relaxing day! I’m planning to do all of that on Saturday and I cannot wait!x

  • http://somethingshavehappened.blogspot.co.uk/ Siobhan

    When I start to panic a cup of tea helps, as can a long bath or spending some time with a good book. Glad you made time to get yourself in order – and good luck with the run!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Siobhan! Hopefully my next run will be more successful and I’ll get more in the rhythm of it. I hope you’re well x

  • http://prettythingandco.com/ Madaline

    If I’m stressed or worried I just go outside – I find I can never think about anything but the now when I’m outside. That candle looks amazing.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      That’s great advice Madaline, I’ll bear that in mind xxx

  • http://www.dearskim.com/ Sara // Dear Skim

    Oh gosh, you had me at honey scented candle. That sounds delicious! When I’m panicky, it always helps me to make a list. And then to cross things out like nobody’s business. Some people say that you should only write down what you can’t accomplish immediately, but I say list everything — cross things out. There’s something so satisfying about seeing a completed list, no matter how insignificant the items are.

    Sara // dearskim.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re so right Sara, it’s so satisfying seeing a list of things ticked off. Definitely makes me feel better and more on top of things x

  • http://www.wildruffle.com/ Cate @ Wild Ruffle

    I don’t often get panicky, but when I do I take a nice long hot bath. That always works for me!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Great advice Cate! So many people have said a bath helps them relax so I’m definitely going to do that next time I need to seriously chill out x

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    That candle sounds amazing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Melanie! It did smell truly amazing x

  • http://www.thelifestylediaries.com/ Lauren Hudson

    I LOVE scented candles – I’m a massive White Company fan, especially Winter and Pomegranate. Amazing that you’re doing a half marathon – good on you!!

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Ooh I love the sound of that White Company candle – I’ll definitely check that out, thanks for the recommendation x

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    Sounds wonderful…a cup of tea and a beautifully scented candle is definitely perfect!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Great minds think alike Valerie x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    Incense helps when I start to panic (Not so far away from candles! :D). A great scent really can work wonders. I want to try more scented oils — do you use those? Don’t stress about that half marathon; you’ll rock it! :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I don’t use scented oils Gianni, I must give them a try though as I hear they have so many different benefits. And thanks for your words of encouragement on the half marathon … I wish I had your faith :-) x

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    20k, wowzer! I miss running. Before I used to race I would always spend the night before preparing and always with a candle, they help me to visualise the end goal. It is funny because I still do that now – stare into candles with 1 vision in mind.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It really does help, doesn’t it Holly? I have candles all over my home, partly because they smell so lovely but largely because I find them really soothing. Have a great weekend x