Month: June 2016

Wisdom

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Take care,

N

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Comforts

As we go about our busy lives, it is helpful to have ways to enjoy ourselves and to soothe ourselves.

Soothing is an anti-dote to fear, upset, and general unsettledness.

We know negative emotions pass, but perhaps we can help them along their way…

Comfort inspiration

Favourite programmes – there’s nothing better than watching a programme you know inside out. A mini trip down memory lane, by the end hopefully your mood will have picked up. I highly recommend Dawson’s Creek, Sex and the City or Friends πŸ˜‰

Talking – a quick chat can work wonders. You don’t have to suffer alone; sometimes just having someone say “that must be hard” or “I understand where you’re coming from” can validate your emotions and lighten your load. Sometimes a chat completely unrelated to how you’re feeling helps too – it really is good to talk πŸ™‚

Hugs – they have been proven to release oxytocin in the brain; a chemical that makes us feel good and lowers our stress levels. So not only are they a comforting, sign of love and affection, they are good for our health too! #winwin

Home-cooked family meals – dinners or meals that remind you of happy times and shared memories; the smell wafting from the kitchen can chill you out in seconds πŸ™‚ One of the classics I remember is not a typical roast, it’s a Chinese chicken recipe. Delicious.

Music – you can find the soundtrack to any mood in this digital age. Have a cry with Adele, sing along to Taylor Swift or dance away to BeyoncΓ©. Certain songs throw me back to sixth form and university nights out. Good ol’ nostalgia – thanks to Fatman Scoop and Justin Timberlake πŸ˜‰

Places – I’m lucky to have several places I feel at home in, sometimes just seeing my hometown on a road sign is good. Often comforting places have comforting people who live there, or you have memories there. Sometimes it the “place” could be wherever a loved one is. My friends and I meet in all sorts of random places, but the fact we’re together is soothing πŸ™‚ Where is your happy place?

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Photographs – Photos of happy holidays, fun trips, nights out, beautiful scenery, and candid moments – very enjoyable! One of my favourite photos of my sister is in my grandma’s kitchen. Simply gorgeous & smiley πŸ’˜ Thank goodness for photos!

Extras – sugary goodness and the occasional spot of retail therapy can do the trick too. In moderation

What comforting things do you like to do?

Take care,

N