Comfort Items You Didn’t Know You Needed Thursday, May 6 2021 

By Jacob Maslow–Branded Content

Everyone deserves to be comfortable, so treat yourself to these luxuriously comfortable items this year. When life feels like a drag, sometimes you need a bit of a pick-me-up, whether it’s from a high-quality seat cushion, a lovely essential oil diffuser, or a super comfy sweatshirt blanket. 

A High-Quality Seat Cushion 

A good seat cushion can make all the difference in someone’s life. If you have lower back pain, pain in your tailbone, or pressure in your hips, hamstrings, or legs, then you might want to consider investing in a comfortable seat cushion. 

You don’t have to break the bank to be able to sit comfortably at work, at home, or in the car. If your current chairs aren’t doing it for you, a good seat cushion will cost you less than $100. There are some great ones on the market in the $30 to $60 range that will change your life. 

The Best Essential Oil Diffuser 

If you experience headaches, anxiety, or trouble sleeping, an essential oil diffuser is the product for you. You can diffuse so many different scents that will help you with many other ailments. 

There are so many different options when it comes to oil diffusers. You can choose between different patterns, wood grains, and even more expensive materials like porcelain. There’s an essential oil diffuser to fit the vibe of any aesthetic. 

You can also get diffusers with settings for the length of diffusing time and diffusers that have LED lights to give your room a little more ambiance. 

A Nice Humidifier 

A humidifier can step up the comfort levels in your home, especially around the wintertime. If you’re experiencing dry skin, dull hair, irritated nasal passages, trouble sleeping, and other symptoms, you may want to invest in a humidifier for your home. 

Having a humidifier can be life-changing, offering you ultimate comfort. No matter your budget, there’s a humidifier that fits your needs, whether you’re looking to humidify a large or small space. 

A humidifier from Everlasting Comfort is a great option, allowing for optimal humidification throughout one’s home as well as the ability to use essential oils within your humidifier for extra comfort. 

A Comfy Blanket Hoodie

Are you still uncomfortable? What about a comfortable hooded sweatshirt that’s made out of blanket material? If your apartment is cold, or you’re just looking to relax in a blanket puddle, the Comfy is an excellent option. It comes in various colors and will keep you feeling warm and relaxed throughout the winter (and in the summer, if you’re a homebody who likes to live with their thermostat as cold as possible). 

The Comfy comes in multiple patterns and options, made with lighter blankets as well as sherpa lining. You can get them for your whole family, that way you can watch movies in style and comfort. 

Treat Yourself to Comfort

Comfort is such an essential part of life. You need to remember to treat yourself every once and a while. Whether you get your favorite meal, watch your favorite movie, or listen to your favorite song, your comfort is essential. 

Comfort also makes great gifts, so if you’re looking to give someone the gift of comfort, maybe you should try out one of these items. Better yet, buy one for yourself and a friend so that you can relax in comfort together. 

Comfort goes beyond this list, as there are so many other options you could choose from, including fluffy slippers, a nice robe, or even your favorite bottle of wine. Give yourself comfort by allowing yourself to enjoy your favorite things while snuggled up in a nice blanket. You deserve it.

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Maslow // Cosmic Press

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How to spend your rainy day this spring Monday, Feb 8 2021 

By Grace Welsh- 

With spring right around the corner, spring showers and gloomy days may hinder us from doing the things we love, but you don’t have to be bored if you use the time to your advantage. Here are some things you can do in the comfort of your own home to pass the time on a rainy day.

 

Get creative.

Building a puzzle is a great way to exercise your mind. Puzzles have been proven to increase short term memory, visual-spatial awareness, and mental speed.  They are also a great tool to practice mindfulness, patience and relieve stress. 

If you don’t have any puzzles on standby, consider making your own using a picture from a magazine and a pair of scissors.

Baking is another great way to pass the time. Because of quarantines and lockdowns, many have already picked up learning how to bake.

With no one to tell you not to, why not use your free day to make that dream cake you’ve been wanting to bake? One thing you can do is make an iconic dessert from a movie or show. For example, Miss Trunchbull’s chocolate cake from Matilda, Tiana’s honey-glazed baguettes from The Princess and the Frog, or Alice’s shape-shifting cookies as seen in Alice in Wonderland. Invite a friend to come share with you or enjoy your delicacy on your own.

If you’d rather sit down and write, you can always follow a journal prompt.

To some people, writing in a journal may seem arbitrary and too open-ended, but using a prompt to aid what you write about can aid in your own journey of self-discovery. 

Moving your thoughts from your head to a page can help clear your mind and release pent-up emotions in a safe way. Ask yourself questions like: “How would someone who just met me describe me?” or, “when am I most in my element?”

A few minutes of self reflection everyday can make a big difference!

 

Practice self care through good cleaning habits.

The thought of cleaning isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s truly easier said than done. But a rainy day inside is the perfect excuse to crank up your music and deep clean all the nooks and crannies in your home that don’t get enough love. 

Vacuum under that couch, scrub out that microwave, wipe down those windows, and wash those sheets. Try working in 25 minute increments with 5 minute breaks, otherwise known as the Pomodoro method, and it can make time go by faster and increase your productivity. 

But you also need to focus on keeping your body in good condition.

Time spent on self care is never wasted. Your body is your home, and sometimes it can be easy to neglect certain pieces. If you have the opportunity on a rainy day at home, take the time to listen to what your body needs and cater to it. 

Light some candles and soak in an Epsom salt bath, play with some nail polish, try on outfits that make you feel awesome, stretch your bones or try a face mask

Take time to do something fun.

Find a nice movie to sit down and enjoy. Sometimes, all we really need is a day on the couch or snuggled up in bed to make us feel better. Giving yourself permission to release, relax, and consume a comforting film is a wonderful experience. Whether it be a critically acclaimed A24 film, or a Nicholas Sparks tearjerker, whatever you do with your day off is your business.

Dance like nobody’s watching! Getting up and moving your body is a great way to release endorphins and serotonin that boost your mood. Stretch your body, turn on that playlist, dim the lights, and dance like no one’s watching. Invite your roommates/friends to join, or partake in the cathartic experience by yourself. You won’t be disappointed by the results. 

Think of something you’ve been curious about for a while and take some time to learn more about it. 

Going down rabbit holes on Wikipedia or Youtube are fun ways to learn about a topic, but you could also watch a documentary or pick up a book from the library. Some interesting documentaries include Ancient Top 10 on Hulu and 13th, or, Have a Good Trip on Netflix.

Graphic by Alexis Simon // The Louisville Cardinal

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Finding time to take care of yourself over Spring Break Wednesday, Feb 19 2020 

By Alex Tompkins–

While some are soaking up the sun this coming spring break, others are taking the opportunity to stay in and relax. If it’s the latter, it’s important to not stress or dwell on staying in.

This can be a great chance to catch up on those things that haven’t had a chance to be done in the midst of scholarly demands.

Here are four self-care tips/activities to practice over the break.

It’s spring cleaning time.

It’s true that spring cleaning is soon to be in full effect. Take this time to get ahead of the game and invest in cleansing your space.

It can end up being a really fun activity to do with roommates or just doing it alone. Cleaning a bedroom, dorm or apartment can be great for mental health, too.

This promotes happiness and a stronger work ethic. A study published by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin showed that those with messy and cluttered spaces are more depressed, tired and stressed. So blast some music, throw on some comfy cleaning clothes and get to work.

Finish a book or binge-watch a show.

After your space is nice and clean, it’s time to relax.

Do some reading for at least an hour a day or watch a couple episodes of that new Netflix series.

Catch up.

Even the smartest people lag behind on schoolwork and general tasks needing to be done. There’s an entire week now to finish that assignment due the Monday after spring break, so do it.

There’s nothing worse than coming back from a relaxing holiday only to realize the assignments due for the following week.

Ekstrom Library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. all break, so if cleaning isn’t motivation enough, head on over.

Remember to forgive.

Laying in bed and watching TikToks seems like the best thing to do when recuperating from school. Of course, there’s still that long list of uncompleted chores, but this can be okay, too. It’s alright to forget about responsibilities for a while, as long as the grind keeps going until the last day of the semester.

 Don’t get beat up for taking time to relax. Do what needs to be done, and come back on March 16 ready to finish the semester like no other.

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