My personality type is one that I just can’t switch off. I often wake up at 3 in the morning with ideas, and it can take ages and ages to relax enough to fall asleep most nights. Because of this, what ends up happening is that every couple of months I get run down. The headaches start and that’s it; I’m lost for a couple of days needing to lie down as the room spins and my eyes hurt with the light.

North Norfolk Coat - #betterplace with Syndol

Syndol Headache Relief, an over-the-counter paracetamol-based pain killer is fantastic. It’s fast-acting and with the new formula including codiene and caffine it works quickly and effectively to relieve the headaches.

North Norfolk Coat - #betterplace with Syndol

But like many I don’t like taking tablets too often and one of the ways that I have discovered to mimise the number I take is by taking a trip to a calming place, a relaxing place and somewhere that frees the mind of everything else my #Betterplaces, the North Norfolk Coast.

Growing up in East Anglia I’ve never lived too far from the sea, and where-ever I’ve lived I’ve tried to keep the sea as close as possible to my house (including living in a tent on a beach for over a month in Greece!), but in the UK there is one place that refreshes and frees the mind: the North Norfolk Coast. The sound of the sea whether it’s mill pond smooth or roaring, raging storm seas, the water relaxes and refreshes the mind.

North Norfolk Coat - #betterplace with Syndol

From Hunstanton to Cromer the beaches that stretch the length are freeing, they are wide open spaces backed with sand dunes, pine forests, cliff and marsh-land, and although a popular tourist destination, even in the height of summer, with just a short walk, you can find peace and quite.

North Norfolk Coat - #betterplace with Syndol

You’d think as a mum of two young children that my better place would be away from them, but with such wide spaces they are part of the space, they can run, splash in tidal pools in the summer and watch the wildlife and explore the shore all within view.

North Norfolk Coat - #betterplace with Syndol

The beaches aren’t just for summer though. Hunstanton with easy parking or one of the many nature reserves along the coast are accessible year-round, and a winter walk along the shore, wrapped up warm, is a beautifu,l refreshing walk that will clear those cobwebs and remove the headache as well as tire the kids out which means more sleep for me.

North Norfolk Coat - #betterplace with Syndol

Whether I am wrapped up with wellington boots, hat, scarf and mittens, not wanting to remove my gloves to take a picture of the seals as they play in the sea, or bare feet and walking in the gentle, lapping waves, the North Norfolk Coast is my better place to relax, refresh and relieve headaches and the stresses of life.

This #BetterPlaces post is in support of the Syndol Headache Relief Find Your Better Place campaign with BritMums. Syndol Headache Relief is now formulated for headaches. Visit for online resources with information about headaches and how to restore calm in your life.

When your head is pounding and you need to restore calm in your life, where are your favourite places to go?

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


  1. I love this- your photos are amazing, as I sit here buried in snow 🙂 I, too, have difficulty shutting my mind off. Insomnia plus night wakings from my son (due to construction happening at our house) have really run me down this winter. Recently, we started up some mindfulness activities with my son. We have a worry basket and meditation and bedtime stories. It’s been amazing and I’m working on a post about it all in my mind (my very, extremely, unbelievably sleep-deprived mind)…. but, I’ve been thinking- perhaps *I* should try the mindfulness, too! 🙂

  2. YOU are right it doesn’t matter whether the sea is roaring or a millpond it is always claming and beautiful to see. I love the power of the sea and the calm beauty of the coast too.

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