Every so often, I find myself in need of comfort. Maybe something major happened, or maybe it’s just a bad day. Maybe there’s nothing wrong at all, but I just feel the need for something that comforts me and feels safe. Either way, we all have those moments, and here are my “Favorites” for various items I look to for comfort. Hopefully some of these will spark something for you all, or maybe you have some of your own you’d like to share!
1. Comfort Food.
I have so many different foods that I think of as comfort foods. But, of all of them, my favorite is macaroni and cheese. Carbs + cheese = match made in heaven (unless you’re a lactose intolerant celiac’s disease sufferer. In that case, I imagine it’s closer to hell). I don’t really discriminate against kinds of macaroni and cheese…my favorite is one I haven’t had to make myself. Annie’s Organics has a great box mix one, but homemade is better nearly every time. One of my favorite recipes is from Ina Garten’s Grown Up Mac and Cheese. It’s creamy and full of flavor, and really easy to make. It’s great for cold evenings when all you want to do is curl up on the couch and watch a movie!
2. Comfort Clothes.
I love sweaters. In fact, I wait for fall and winter each year, just so I get the opportunity to drag out my box of sweaters. There’s something so warm and snuggly about them. I recently bought a new tunic sweater, and I am in love! It’s soft and warm, and perfect for lying around the house or running errands. I pair it with warm leggings and some boots, and I’m good to go. Plus, the color goes with darn near anything, so it’s a great “Grab and Go” option for if you’re headed out and won’t know whether you’ll need an extra layer to stay warm. I picked it up from The LOFT, which is one of my favorite places to shop, and I am considering getting another one because I love it so much!
3. Comfort Smells.
Ahh…it’s amazing how a certain smell can bring back so many memories (both good and bad). There’s been studies done that show smells being one of the biggest links to memories for people, and that is definitely true for me. I have a very small sense of smell, due to way too many sinus issues as a child. My mother can’t smell at all, so I’m happy to have what small sense of smell I do have, even if it’s limited and faulty at times. One of my favorite smells that brings such comfort to me is hot apple cider. It reminds me of fall back home, pumpkin patches and apple orchards, and freshly baked cinnamon sugar donuts. The only downside is that it’s hard to find if it’s not fall, so it’s not really something I can get a whole lot outside the fall months. Sometimes you can find a few small jugs at the grocery store, but it’s rare. However, I keep the mulling spices in a jar at home (I make my own) that I can use to put in black tea, and that is a good substitute in a pinch. Here are 15 Cider Recipes (I’ve only used two, but they were good) from Martha Stewart. I have a plan to try a few more now that fall is upon us!
4. Comfort Movies.
This was an easy one, primarily because I have one (exactly one) comfort movie. When I am sick, there is a movie that I will watch, regardless of what is wrong with me. Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island movie has been a favorite of mine ever since childhood. Whenever I was sick and at home from school, my mom would stuff me in bed and put that movie on to watch. 9 times out of 10, I’d fall asleep before the movie was half over, but since sleep is best for a sick body, it was a win/win. It’s funny how, even now that I’m in my 30s, it’s still a go-to for me whenever I don’t feel well. J has even joined me a few times to watch it, and agrees that it’s a great cartoon (and agreement is agreement, regardless of coercion), so I think this one is a winner. In fact, when J realized how much I loved this movie, he took my beat up VHS tape that was falling apart (and really, who uses VHS anymore) and had a DVD made of it, so that I’d have it longer. Now, if that isn’t true love, I don’t know what is!
5. Comfort Places.
This one has two answers, both equally important to me. I think that everyone has a spot that always brings about comfort. For some, it’s the beach, others it’s the mountains. One of mine, thankfully, is a place I can find just about anywhere I am. Whenever I’m down, or just needing a feeling of home, I find a library. There’s something about the smell of aged paper, combined with the quiet peacefulness of the stacks of books that puts me instantly at ease. I’ve worked in a few different libraries, and would love to move back into librarianship, and they were always my most favorite jobs. I enjoyed being surrounded by so much knowledge, and the feeling of having the answer to just about anything at my fingertips was incredible. Even when I was overwhelmed with school work or life, stopping in to a library, just to find a corner to myself, brought back an amazing amount of perspective for me.
Another comfort place for me is church. Much like libraries, the quiet calmness of churches help bring about peace and tranquility for me. J and I were in DC a few months back, and we had been racing around trying to see different things, and we took a moment to pop into a cathedral there. I took a minute to step into a prayer room, and it was as though all my worries melted away. God has such a calming presence in my life, that just stepping foot into a church is usually enough to release the tension. I’m so thankful for that, especially when I think about how stressed I get in my job, and how I’m usually always close to a church of some sort, that I can walk into and gather my thoughts.
There are my favorites in the way of finding comfort. I hope you enjoyed them, and that this post inspires you to go out and seek comfort for yourself. Also, if you have some truly favorite comforts, feel free to share, as I’d love to hear them!