‘Step outside your comfort zone.’ It’s is a phrase we’ve all undoubtedly heard or said before. In many cases it’s used as a motivational phrase to get us to take a chance on something new. One quick Google search later and I’m bombarded with quotes that criticize comfort as being a killer of creativity and courage. It’s viewed as the opposite to living life fully, it’s playing things safe, which I personally believe is often untrue. I’ve done many things that pushed me to try something different that I found nerve-wracking but I also see necessity and value in finding comfort and routine in my daily experiences.
I think we underestimate the value of comfort, of feeling at home with ourselves and our surroundings. Many of my best thoughts and ideas were conceived out of routine and repeated, every day actions. Simple movements, like lemon water in the morning, or reading before bed, they don’t trap me, they free me. They give my mind the power to wander, to imagine and the ability to devote my whole being to actions like observation and reflection. I’m reminded of the lyrics from the Beatles song, ‘I’m Only Sleeping’.
Everybody seems to think I’m lazy
I don’t mind, I think they’re crazzy
Running everywhere at such a speed
Till they find there’s no need (There’s no need)
To me, not all happiness arises out of the new. Some of my most joyful moments are the ones I repeat daily, the small minutes that go unnoticed, so finely ingrained into the everyday. But I’m positive, that if they disappeared, I would most definitely notice.
One situation I’m sure we can all agree when we want comfort is when we’re sick. I know for me being ill as a child meant chicken noodle soup, ginger ale and sitcoms. Even today those are the things I associate with being unwell, they make me feel cared for and yes, a sense of comfort.
Now that we’ve officially entered cold and flu season I’m taking preventative measures to stay healthy this winter. When I feel even the slightest tickle in my throat, I make sure to get extra rest and break out these 4 favourites.
Pukka Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey Tea – I have so many memories surrounding tea; my grandmothers milky english breakfast, a pot of Rooibos kept hot by my parents fish patterned cozy. This Pukka blend is my ultimate comfort; Warming, soothing and just the slightest bit spicy from the ginger.
Fresh Juice – When I felt myself getting sick back in September, I got myself down to Belmonte Raw and immediately downed two bottles of juice. I went from feeling run down to energized and gave my body a very much needed boost.
A. Vogel Echinacea Tablets – Echinacea is an herb from the daisy flower family used to fight infections naturally. I take a few of these tablets if I have any signs of a developing cold and I can often catch it before it gets too bad.
CV Skinlabs Restorative Balm – I swear I mention this stuff every other week, but it’s just that good. When I’m getting sick, my skin immediately becomes dry. A light coat of this on my face and hands and problem solved.
Stay well my friends!
Till next week,