During this challenging time, where do we find comfort? It may be closer than you think. I read a powerful book last year about retraining your brain for happiness. The focus was on taking a few seconds to celebrate the small, positive moments throughout your day. It can be something very small, such as: the smell of your favorite shampoo in the shower, or feeling your body relax when you finally lay in bed at night. This practice not only helps your mind focus on gratitude, but it also helps you more easily see these joys in future days.
This current time period is filled with so many unknowns, and we can turn to the simple things for comfort. It's the familiar; when I enjoy coffee out of my favorite mug. It's from a work trip to Utah, and I love it because it's thick. This mug feels solid and secure, and I like how it feels when I hold it.
Another way I find comfort, is through my daily breakfast. I've been eating oat bran made with milk for the past several weeks. At first, I thought it would be too cumbersome to try to cook it on the stove. What if I burned the milk like I've done many times with oatmeal in the past? Could I find time to cook it while distracting my 1 year old? But, it turns out this hot breakfast is easy to make, and it's very soothing to me. I look forward to it when I wake up, and this daily ritual helps bring calm to my day.
At the end of the day, washing my face with a warm washcloth is one of the most comforting experiences. Do I always feel like getting ready for bed when I'm exhausted? No. But, when I'm washing my face, I can almost picture wiping away the dirt, grime, stress and other parts of the day. My face feels so clean, and I feel my body relax.
One of the coziest things I own is a shawl. It has become my most comforting piece of clothing. I love to put it over my pajamas when I read at night or if I get up to take care of the baby. It feels like I'm enveloped in a soft barrier.
All of these things have cozy in common. Where can you find cozy in your life? Another way to think of it is what can loop into your daily life that helps bring you peace or reminds you of peace. Is there something that instantly relaxes you or helps you reset for a moment? Maybe it's a cup of tea while you wear a cozy sweater or a few minutes of sunshine and fresh air in the middle the day?
Comfort comes in all shapes and sizes, and we can find in the smallest shapes. It does not need to be a grand gesture or anything out of the ordinary.
My favorite breakfast: oat bran with milk, flax and a little brown sugar.