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Create a New Year’s Lullaby with me

by Emily Devonald 7 months ago in selfcare
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To lull yourself to sleep.

Create a New Year’s Lullaby with me
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When I was a child with tormented dreams about the walls closing in or the noseless zombie under my bed, I would calm myself by reciting famous lullabies to distract my mind.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was a particular lullaby favourite for my bed zombie. I’d often imagine him trying to bob his broken head along and falling asleep once I got to the fifth line.

Now that I’m older and have switched from tight-walled rooms to spaces that can manage double mattresses, nightmares no longer bounce around my bedroom walls. Instead, it is worries that wander their way through my walls at night.

You know, those everyday worries we all share about our finances, career moves, and future plans?

Since the pandemic, however, the claustrophobia fear has crawled its way back in. I worry about getting closed into a never-ending lockdown, about constant quarantines and new variants spreading across our countries.

So to soothe these fears that plague my sleep, I’ve curated a New Year’s Lullaby to say to myself, a sort of spoken remedy that I can share with you. Hopefully, it can help to calm your concerns and lull you back to a peaceful sleep state.

Traditionally, lullabies are written in a ‘’trochaic tetrameter’’ format, which is known to be a poem written with eight syllables per line- structured as stressed and unstressed pairs.

Many people add that lullabies have been around since prehistoric times. One of the earliest lullabies written down is from about 2000 BC. So there’s a method in these bedtime melodies if they’ve survived this long!

Despite having specific formats, I’ve chosen to freestyle mine. Whatever syllables soothe me most and help fulfil my eight-hour need for rest.

So here’s what my mind hums or sings along to whenever I feel my worries inflate:

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My worries may worsen,

My fears may close in,

But let them both burn away.

For our planet is small,

A pale blue dot,

Aimlessly surfing the Milky Way.

Must I never forget my freedom,

To move to another city,

To wake up with shelter, food, a phone.

For our planet is small,

A pale blue dot,

Which I have the privilege of calling home.

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When I think of how small we are down here, a pale blue dot nestled within a massive solar system, my worries seem to become even more minuscule.

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I start to focus on all the choices I have. Despite society around us dictating when and where we should be socialising, some of us are lucky enough to have options in our lives which many others don’t.

Such as choosing what breakfast you fancy in the morning, or deciding which favourite walk you should take tomorrow. Or which TV series you should binge-watch on Netflix at the weekend, or which book you should start reading next.

So, as I write this, I encourage you to write a lullaby of your own that will help you rest your mind and bring you back down to earth.

Perhaps it is using one from childhood and adapting it to your words. Or maybe it is something completely different, with a melody and phrases you’ve heard before.

Many of our favourite songs are just like lullabies if you think about it. We play them in our ears before we sleep to take us to a happier place or listen to them in unison to celebrate joyful occasions or reminisce on the past.

Let’s bring lullabies back in the new year and remind ourselves what we are thankful for before we sleep.

After all, the monsters under your bed might like to hear a lullaby or two before sleep to stop menacing your sleep patterns!

Here’s to a peaceful New Year for all, and a reminder of another famous lullaby we will all be traditionally sharing going into 2022:

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne

We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet

For days of auld lang syne

Auld Lang Syne- Robert Burns (1788)

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About the author

Emily Devonald

Sometimes I take a topic and a genre, and see where my words lead me :)

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