Let’s face it. Everyone has their own activities/items that make them feel at home. I’m eagerly awaiting the day my own mother will pass along her alma mater blanket (which just happens to be mine too!).
Living abroad, I had to make sure that I took the time to indulge myself in a few of these feel-good things for whenever I’m occasionally homesick or down (which is usually a result of the latter). Over the years, I’ve realized it’s necessary to take time for myself to stay grounded – even if in the past I considered such an act to be “selfish.” We must realize that we all deserve a little R & R, and in my experience, a couple of your favorite comfort items in the mix make the time even more enjoyable.
1. Cozy sweaters. I’m personally a fan of the oversized, ironic and/or Gatsby-related pullover. Either way, it’s your go-to for chilly weather – physically or metaphorically.
2. Hot tea. Green tea with jasmine is my absolute favorite though I’m looking to expand my horizons.
3. Candles. It’s all about that ambiance. Fun fact: The scent of lavender has a calming effect which may aid in relaxation and the reduction of anxiety and stress.
4. A few episodes of that TV show you can always watch over and over. Old seasons of The Office or Gilmore Girls never fails to put a smile on my face.
5. Savory soup. Or mac ‘n’ cheese. But mostly mac ‘n’ cheese.
6. The “off button.” So long, iPhone messages, emails, Twitter, social media explosions, etc. You can be dealt with later.
7. A warm shower.
Although a long soak in a bath is perfectly acceptable too.
8. Books, book, and more books. No matter what kind of reader you are, or how often you read, it’s always practical to have a good book by your side.
9. Your favorite scent or lotion. Lavender (see # 3) + eucalyptus? Donzo. After choosing those scents for my first ever massage, my brain hit the snooze button about halfway through the sublime, mind-numbing experience.
10. A trusted friend who can turn your day around with just one phone call*.
*Or thanks to this age of continous communication we live in, this can even be furnished by a silly SnapChat, thoughtful Facebook message or spontaneous “cat text.” Friends reading this, you know who you are.
11. Music. Like Almost Famous’ Penny Lane said, “And if you ever get lonely, you can just go to the record store and visit your friends.”
What’s on your comfort list?
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