Healthy Mind Self Care

Comfort box

August 29, 2017

We all have those days where it seems like to much. Our anxiety has taken hold. Depression has us feeling like we are spiraling down and cannot get back up to the surface. Your boss is mean to you. You’re fighting with a close friend or family member. You’re exhausted from a long hard week and feeling overwhelmed.

Whatever it is, I imagine all of us can connect with feeling lost, overwhelmed, and wanting to hide away.

Discovering your Happiness created a blog post about making a comfort box. A comfort box is a box full of items to use when you need to comfort, nurture and love for yourself, by yourself. This would be a great box to pull out on those days discussed above. Today I am going to share with you what I would put in my comfort box.

Kylee’s Comfort Box Items:

1. Super Dark Chocolate. I LOVE CHOCOLATE. Also, dark chocolate is full of magnesium which can be helpful in calming anxiety.

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVDs. This is one of my all time favorite TV shows. When I am feeling down I like to watch shows where I already know what is happening. Already knowing the characters and plot is comforting to me; like coming home.

3. Lavender Scented Candle. As a child, I hated Lavender. I’m not sure if I actually hated it or if I hated it because my mom loved it so much. But, as an adult I have learned to appreciate the calming effects of the scent. I also enjoy watching candles burn.

4. Tea. If I had of created this blog post a month ago, this line would be coffee. However, these past few weeks I have come to enjoy multiple cups of herbal or low caffeine tea daily. Hot beverages are inherently calming to me. The herbal and low caffeine teas provide the calming effect without increasing anxiety as coffee can sometimes do.

5. Harry Potter Books. I LOVE reading the Harry Potter books. It would be impractical to fit all of the books into the comfort box, however I could switch them out periodically. I have read each of the books multiple times (the oldest ones at least 10 times each) so they are books that I can literally open on any page and start reading. Similar to watching TV shows I’ve already seen, reading books I’ve already read and love is comforting.

6. My Teddy Bear. When I was really young my sister gifted me with a brown teddy bear who I astutely named “teddy”. I would be lying to you if I said he wasn’t in my bed right now. This bear is the perfect pillow, the perfect thing to home and an item I have had the majority of my life. He cannot live in the box as currently I use him as a pillow or cuddle item most nights, but he can definitely be grabbed off the bed on those days and brought to wherever I am using the comfort box.

7. A Cozy Blanket. One of the things I love to do most days, especially days when I am feeling down, is cuddle up in a cozy blanket on the couch or on the chaise lounge and enjoy reading or watching TV or snuggle up for a mid day nap.

8. Yoga Pants/Comfortable Clothing. Nothing is worse than a stiff tag on your neck, too tight fitting pants or clothes that are scratchy and uncomfortable. Comfortable clothes are a must when you are comforting yourself. Whether that is underwear and a T shirt, a robe, comfortable yoga pants and a tank; for me, I would pick a robe or yoga pants and a tank.

What items would you put in your box? Are they items you already have in your home or is something you need to purchase? I found that all of these items already exist within my home and get used often, with the exception of the lavender candle.

Take the time this week to identify the items you would put in your box. If you are feeling really motivated, go ahead and create that box and keep it somewhere handy.

Best Wishes,

Kylee Alyse

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        1. Chocolate is my favorite! Recently I have given up soy and have had to go on a search for chocolate I can eat. But I’ve thankfully found some!

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