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Some of my favorite small comforts are hugs from loved ones, trees and flowers, baking, reading, watching a comforting movie or TV show, snuggling up with a cup of hot cocoa or tea, meeting a friend for a chat at a favorite cafe, or enjoying a good meal or outing with my sons. But in order to be able to enjoy these small comforts, I need to practice self-care. Besides the basics like sleep, good hygiene, and moving my body, here's what I try to do daily:
~have a cup of tea (currently either green tea or cinnamon spice with a splash of milk)
~meditate (I use the Calm app)
~cook my own meals (and for my sons)
~practice compassion (especially self-compassion)
~do something creative (right now, writing, but it could be crafting, baking, cooking, or any number of things!)
~yoga and gratitude (I love Yoga with Adriene and Gratefulness)
Especially on this, World Mental Health Day, it's important to remember that we all have struggles, and sometimes these struggles will last a lifetime, but regular self-care, awareness, compassion, and keeping in mind your small comforts can help. If you're struggling, I hope you'll reach out to someone kind, know you're not alone, and that there are many resources for mental health out there that can be of support. Or, as Adriene of Yoga with Adriene says: "Hug yo'self!"
What are your favorite small comforts? Wishing you a comforting day!