So the rain or snow is falling, the cold evenings abound. Winter. It is here. And when we are chronically ill we may not be able to run out for evening get togethers with friends. We may not even be able to turn up the heater as much as we’d like since we are watching our budget. How do you create some sense of coziness in your life? Here are a few of our best tips.
Browse some blogs of your interests you rarely indulge
Whatever your interest is, there are multiple blogs about it. The other night I spent over an hour visiting blogs for vintage kitchen decorating. I’ve shared how I treasure my grandmother’s kitchen table in a blog and have decorated with antiques I have collected over the years. (I don’t really like to cook or clean, so I just pretend that is also part of the “vintage” attitude. I pretend a lot.) I didn’t buy a thing, spend any money, or even create a wish list. I just enjoyed looking at pictures and reading people’s stories. It’s like having your favorite personal magazine filled with images and stories.
Make a healthy seasonal snack
One of my favorite snacks is to boil up a bunch of sliced apples in water, Splenda, and pumpkin pie spices. I add lots of water and let it simmer in a big pot on the stove for about 90 minutes and then have a big mug of homemade cider. The apple slices are great warm by themselves, mixed in with yogurt or oatmeal, and a dessert with a bit of whip cream on them. The way the house smells is on of my favorite parts!
I just keep the skin on, but if you need to peel and core, consider the Starfrit 93013 Pro-Apple Peeler with bonus core slicer It is under $14 and has over 110 5 Star Reviews.
Sound too tough? Just a buy a sweet smelling apple pie candle and inhale!
Comfy lounge wear
Fuzzy socks in bright colors, cozy PJs or soft lounge pants, all make it possible to feel comforted regardless of the time of day. Soft robes, colorful blankets, and comfortable slippers.
We have a warm and cozy soft pink fleece robe that we are giving to one lucky winner here at Rest Ministries. It is 100% polyester and the size says, “One size fits most” — we’re thinking that means S, M and L. If you are interested in winning, leave a comment below with your favorite way to find comfort when chronically ill (get CREATIVE!). We will pick a winner on Friday and get the shipping address and send it right out!
Find warmth fast!
There is nothing like a wonderful heating pad during cold months. My personal favorite is the Sunbeam Health at Home King Size Heating Pad with HeatSense Technology. It is big enough you can roll over on it and not have to move it. But if you are looking for something to hold around a sore arm or against stomach cramps, you may opt for this much cuter stuffed animal such as Aroma Home Hot Hugs that have lavender and chamomile and a microwaveable insert.
Be nourished spiritually with this special blog
Would you like a little mini retreat? Want to put the rush aside? My favorite blog for spiritual nourishment is A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp, the author of 1000 Gifts (an amazing book by the way!) Ann’s blog will help you relax as well as open your eyes (grab a tissue).
There are times my feet are freezing and the circulation is suffering. I love my Anti-Stress Microwaveable Comfort Booties. They do say to consult a physician before using these inserts that contain flaxseed and natural herbal essences, and are heating briefly in the microwave. You can also put the inserts in the freezer if your feet are swollen and warm and need cooled down, so use them all year round.
What is your favorite comfy cozy secret for fall when you aren’t feeling all that wonderful?
Share it below and be entered to win a fleece robe!
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she lives in San Diego with her husband and son. She is gradually learning how to balance motherhood, family, illness, and ministry, but she still knows it will be a lifetime lesson. You can see the books she has written, including, Why Can’t I Make People Understand? at the Rest Ministries shop.