Sometimes we all need a little comfort in our lives. Whether we just need a little pick me up from a bad day, or whether we have had a serious loss and need some warmth and care. A lot of times, we rely on others to provide the help and comfort we need. However, there are lots of little things you can to do make yourself feel better when you need to.
What follows is a list of things that you can do to make yourself feel better and smile more. . Fix a pot of your favorite tea, serve it to yourself in your best china, with a sprig of mint, and relax while drinking it. . Fix your favorite "comfort food" from when you were a child. Whether it was Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup, or grilled cheese sandwiches, it is amazing how much that special comfort food from our childhood can pick us up today! .
Turn off the telephone, lock the doors, run a hot bath with bubbles, add candles to the sides of your bath, and put on some soothing music (I recommend Enya!). Relax in your homemade "spa" for at least a half hour! . Call or write to a friend you haven't spoken to in a while! See what they are up to, and share with them what has been happening to you.
. Rediscover the lost art of letter writing (snail mail!). Yes, people do still write letters sometimes! If you don't have anyone to write to, find a penpal group online - there are tons of them, and you can find many new friends this way also! . Treat yourself to a manicure or a pedicure.
If you can't afford a professional one, do one for yourself at home! . Take a slow, deep calming breath, in through your nose and out through your mouth (It worked for the Karate Kid, it will work for you!). . Count backwards either in your mind or under your breath from 10 to 1. .
Tense up your entire body at once, make it as tense as you can, then relax . Smile! You would be amazed at how much tension and stress the simple act of smiling can relieve. And if you don't feel like smiling right then (which you probably won't!), fake it til you make it! These are only a few ideas that you can use for some extra comfort in your life.
Feel free to make up some of your own to add to the list as well! And of course, these aren't always for just when you need extra attention. You can also do these anytime you wish, just to smile about it!.
Stephanie Davies is a 27 year old Missourian with a loving husband and an 8 year old son. She currently owns her own business which sells handmade candles, incense, bath & body products and other handcrafted products at http://www.mystickalincense.com.