It’s the depth of the winter in Winnipeg (or Winterpeg, if you are being accurate), flus and colds are hitting hard, and the warmth and fun of the holidays has completely evaporated. While I don’t know that completely hibernating is the answer, I think that now is the time to dig into whatever comforts you love and enjoy the quiet and peace of the post-holiday lull.
Without being graphic, my stomach’s not so great right now due to a reaction to Excedrin. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time curled up while I figure out how to fix and balance my stomach, and as such, I’ve had to find ways to stay comfortable and happy. Sure, Netflix is always there but I try to not watch it nonstop. So, what have I been turning to?
Peppermint Amour Tea, or any other herbal tea
I find that herbal teas are particularly comforting. Although they have no caffeine, they keep you hydrated and can often help you tackle different health issues depending on the blend. Perhaps people in the Southern Hemisphere (and even those just in the Southern US) are less concerned with being warm, but up here above the 49th parallel staying warm is central to everything you do. Coffee will keep you wired and hot chocolate will fill you with sugar, but tea will keep you lovely!
Slippers, Warm Pants, and a Cozy Sweater
Along the track of staying warm, grab your comfy clothes and snuggle up! In the summer, it will be too hot to throw on those flannel PJs that you got for Christmas and wander around in the fluffiest slippers you own- take advantage of the rest of the winter to stay comfortable. If you are at home all day and want to stay in your PJs, I would recommend changing into a new pair. Even though you might be feeling the relaxation vibes, a fresh outfit can do wonders for your mental health. (It also gives you a chance to wash your pajamas. Washing them more can’t hurt, let’s be honest- we wear them a lot…)
The Royal We, or any other audiobook
I love my classic literature and fiction that makes me think, but sometimes I just love my chick lit. When I found out that someone had written the chick lit version of the meeting of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Wills and Kate), I was weirdly excited. Now, this is one of my favourite audiobooks to listen to; the narrator’s interpretation of different English accents can get to you if you pay too close attention, but it is an entertaining story that lets you escape for 10+ hours. Can’t sleep? Audiobook. A commute longer than 15 minutes? Audiobook. Running? Audiobook. Awake? AUDIOBOOK. It’s a nice way to escape and they are pretty easy to check out from the public library!
Cable-Knit Scarf Coal and Canary Candle, or any other candle
I adore my Coal and Canary Candle! If you aren’t familiar with them, they are a local Winnipeg company that make fantastic quality soy candles. They are $30 CAD but as it is a soy candle, you typically will get 50-70 hours of burning time out of them. This particular candle has notes of toasted hazlenuts, vanilla, and butter, and it has a stronger scent without being overwhelming. Also, if you were wondering if these are worth it, in 2015 they were included in the giftbags for the Oscars AND the Grammy’s. I cannot recommend Coal and Canary enough, this is for the ultimate pampering day!
So, I’ve got at least 3 months of winter left and I have some comfort days ahead of me- what is your go-to on stay at home, comfort days?