Take two minutes to sit and enjoy being in the moment

Chloe Pavely's Fishcombe Cove Café won bronze in South West England Tourism Awards' Cafe of the Year category

Chloe Pavely's Fishcombe Cove Café won bronze in South West England Tourism Awards' Cafe of the Year category - Credit: Amy Stanford

After a long and quiet lockdown I can’t help but feel as if time is just flying past us. We’re now in May!

Anyone else wondering where March and April went? I seem to have lost track of time.  

Last week was somewhat crazy at the Cove. We had the pleasure of being a finalist in the South West England Tourism Awards, where I am so very proud to say Fishcombe Cove Café won bronze award for Cafe of the Year in South West England!

It seems that the past week has presented new opportunities for us too.

After the awards ceremony, ITV Westcountry visited and filmed us discussing the importance of businesses reducing their water consumption and the link with climate change for their campaign in May.

For such a tranquil, peaceful and calm cove there is certainly a lot of excitement and energy behind the scenes.

Some of those things we can’t talk about too much – yet, but let’s just say, it involves a TV crew on our decking.

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I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by Anita from the English Riviera Magazine of which the spring/summer issue will be available on May 28. 

So with all the above, along with some out-of-the-blue situations such as needing to recruit a new team member - vacancy is open until May 10, please email fishcombecovecafe@gmail.com if interested - along with the admin, interviews and training behind it all, let alone pressure of general day-to-day life, it can really feel like a lot to deal with.

Whether you believe in energies and if the moon has certain influences on our moods or not, you cannot argue with the fact that the Super Moon has been spectacular to see the last week. I have certainly felt the shift and heaviness of its presence.

I feel like it affects us all in our own day-to-day lives. It varies from person to person and on different scales.

Life presents you with such random opportunities, often positive, sometimes negative, and occasionally neither – just another item to add to the ‘to-do’ list. 

But do you ever feel like you have so much to juggle? I know I do. 

Which is why it’s so valuable to understand when to take time out to ground yourself.

For some, it comes naturally. Others feel they are too busy to take a moment out of their day. 

A good way of looking at it is if you have no fuel in your vehicle, but you need to drive somewhere, you are not going to get very far, and if you tried to make the journey, it would be filled with worry about whether you get there. 

It’s time to realise we need fuel, as humans, to get to the places we need to be. I do not mean fuel as in petrol - please don’t try that at home - it’s about being present.

If you’re not sure how to do this, it’s worth having a think, what makes you feel calm? Is there a special place you like to sit and relax? Possibly a song? For me, I use breathing techniques... and I write notes.

Sometimes, making a cup of tea and enjoying it away from your phone can be enough to bring you back into the room and present.

It is basic self-care. Something we all take for granted in our busy lives. So, if you are still reading this, I ask that you take two minutes of your day to sit and enjoy being in the moment.

Have a cup of tea, listen to your favourite song, maybe have a little stretch. I can almost guarantee you will feel better for it. 

Speaking to customers at the café, people are still wary about lockdown being lifted.

We have been cooped up in the comfort of our own homes for a long time, it’s OK to feel apprehensive about the world starting up again. 

Keep yourself safe, wear your mask when out and about, take small steps to get back out there.

Life is exciting again, we can eat outside now, we can meet friends for a drink in the sunshine, we can go to the shops and have a look around.

It is time for us to enjoy spring and the beauty that goes with it.

Don’t forget if you’re struggling, we have so much help out there, here are just a few if you need them - Samaritans: 116 123; Andysmenclub: info@andysmanclub.co.uk or text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258.

Fishcombe Cove Café is also safe space for people to enjoy peace and quiet, and a chat if needed. 

Look after yourselves.