Book review: Calm by Fearne Cotton

Hello,

Happy Wednesday! How are you? I am super exhausted because I was woken up at silly o’clock this morning and I have been in and out of sleep since.

Tonight I thought I would review a book I have been reading recently. This book was a gift from my mum on my birthday, I’ll leave my birthday post here if you want to check it out (don’t worry if you haven’t seen it, my birthday was back in February!)

I haven’t read this book front to back, page by page because to me, this book isn’t designed for that. Fearne Cotton dives in and explores what calm is and how to bring it back into our very chaotic lives. In 10 different chapters, Fearne explores what calm means and how we can work it into our lives from family to the future, the body and the environment, Fearne has put together a book that really brings you some clarity.

I wont lie to you, I haven’t read all of the book, I have read certain sections over and over again while others I have just quickly skimmed through. That’s what I love about this book. I am going through a lot of mental things at the moment in order to find who I really am and what I am meant to be doing, I have felt uneasy and I haven’t felt calm in a long time, that is until I started reading this.

I am sure at some point I will read the whole book but right now I pick out sections that I feel I need to find my calm in. I have read the section about the mind a few times, I feel this is my biggest place that I need to work on. It’s definitely my favourite section so far. My favourite part is the interview with Yvonne. I suffer from PTSD after I was sexually assaulted 5 years ago (don’t worry I wont go into detail) and I must admit, it’s lonely! Not many people know the signs or know how to help people who are suffering. I had seen councillors but I don’t feel anything was resolved.

Reading Yvonne’s interview, I felt like she really understood me without knowing me and my circumstances. The whole section has helped me open up my mind and allow myself to seek help/help myself without feeling guilty. I also love doing the activities that are jotted throughout the entire book. I am like a kid with crayons, I get overly excited when I find an activity.

My second favourite section is the body. I have learnt so much about what your body does without you realising, what your body needs during certain times of the day and how to let your body be in control instead of fighting against it. I learnt this in the interview Fearne did with Gerad Kite. I just want to share this section from the book.

Disclaimer: I do not own the content about to be shared. All rights are reserved to Fearne Cotton and the book Calm

  • 3 – 5am – your lungs appreciate a surge of energy that awakens all the cells in your body and refreshes your mind.
  • 5 – 7am – the flow of energy moves to the large intestine, making it the ideal time to wake up and have that bowel movement. This clears out, not just the physical, but also the mental waste leftover from yesterday.
  • 7 – 9am – During these two hours, the prioritization moves to our stomach. Always keep the phrase “nature abhors a vacuum” in your mind: you’ve emptied the lower part of your digestive system and now you need to refill so that you have enough energy to get you through the day.
  • 9 – 11am – The spleen is the focus during these two hours and it transforms what you’ve taken in and delivers that energy to nourish and move your body and mind.
  • 11am – 1pm – Your heart benefits from a surge in energy during these two hours, so take the opportunity to relax and spend time with other people – socializing, yes, but also the ideal time for friendly, constructive work meetings.
  • 1 – 3pm – As the small intestine takes its prime time to work, it begins sorting and filtering, so mirror this in your day: use it to focus and organise.
  • 3 – 5pm – Now the bladder takes over. Most of us see the bladder as being just a sack for urine, but in Chinese medicine your bladder is in charge of your energy reserves, like a reservoir. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day, so that when you get to the time of the day most known for that midday slump, you’ll have enough energy to keep going.
  • 5 – 7pm – The energy flows through to your kidneys at this time, cleaning out the mind and body: a real opportunity to feel calm and settle from within.
  • 7 – 9pm – This is the time for your “heart protector”: your circulation and sex facilitators – the optimum time for socializing, relaxing and sex. Avoid that big evening meal and enjoy yourself – this is the stomach’s resting time.
  • 9 – 11pm – The energy now travels to your “three heater”, which adjusts all parts of your body and mind to the correct physical and emotional temperature for winding down after the long day so that you’re “chilled” and in the best state for sleep.
  • 11pm – 1am – As we reach the end of the day, the gall bladder comes to the fore. This organ excels in “judgement” and directs the regeneration of your body and mind, the perfect time to rest and sleep.
  • 1 – 3am – During this time, the energy shifts to the liver, cleansing our bodies and minds to help us sleep deeply ready for the next day.

I have learnt a lot about myself, body and mind. I definitely recommend this book whether you read it front to back or you read it in sections like I do. It’s definitely something that you will feel benefit from, even if you add it to your self-care routine.

I’m sure I’ll review this book again in the future, thank you so much for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. If you did, leave a like and comment your favourite self-care book below.

I hope you have a wonderful evening, don’t forget to check out last night’s and Monday’s post. I will be back on Friday with my skin care favourites.

Sending you all my love,

A x

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