Some days, when I’m not feeling my best or I am in a funk, I find it best to have what I call a ‘cozy day.’ This is different than a lazy day, and I try to turn what could be a lazy day into a cozy day. On days when I feel down or like being lazy (which especially happens in the winter when its cold and wet), I have realized that creating a productive space where I can project my feelings into something else helps me a lot. I do suffer from anxiety, depression and some other ailments that can get me down, so the more I channel that negativity into something that calms me, the better.
Usually, on these groggy days when I wake up the first thing I try and do is get myself up and cook some oatmeal and make a hot coffee or tea. I’ve been told by many professionals that (if you’re not pregnant or taking special medication) one cup of coffee or caffeinated tea can help your mood immensely (so long as you don’t over do it). I also find that a hot breakfast and some coffee in bed as I scroll through my socials and such can warm more than just your body. I also find that surrounding myself with my favorite things helps, whether its a warm blanket or some fuzzy Harry Potter socks (only 3 euros at Primark!!!).
I also tend to find that getting your creative juices flowing is a great way to channel negative energy into positive. I love to write in my journal and sketch beautiful architecture. As someone with actual OCD, planning is so relaxing for me. There is nothing quite like sitting down to a fresh page and planning your life away (even if you know it won’t always go to plan). I turn on some relaxing music (some of my favorite playlists on spotify: 1, 2, 3) and just put whatever comes to my mind on paper.
Its important to make yourself go out even on days when you don’t feel like it. For me, just walking to the grocery store or the market is therapeutic. I try and buy myself some greenery to liven up whatever space I am in. Today I went to the market at got some lovely silver dollar eucalyptus.
And the number one thing I love to do on ‘cozy days’ is reading. There is something about delving into a life that isn’t yours for a bit that is completely soothing. Preoccupy yourself with the lives of characters or the great adventures in someones biography. Or even pick up an inspirational book. I just finished Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith and the other day I started Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman.
I hope you enjoyed this post, now excuse me while I sip some tea in my fuzzy socks and continue the adventure of Neverwhere…