During stressful times and critical events, anxiety and nerves can get the best of any of us. When we are running on adrenaline for too long, it can take a toll on our mental and physical health. As well, it is tough to make decisions when we’re overstressed.
These are all reasons why it’s important to reduce our stress levels during a crisis. You can prep for this ahead of time by putting back items that bring you and your family members comfort and solace.
Some people are anxious by nature, and this tendency will escalate in an emergency. Certain items can be very important – and, well, comforting – in times when nothing else is certain. A favorite item, playlist, a favorite beverage, or a food can help ease your state of mind during a tense situation.
Lots of parents have horror stories about frantically trying to replace comfort items like a blanket or stuffed animal without their little ones noticing. Just having that familiar item can help children fall asleep, relax, and be a lot calmer in just about any situation.
But comfort items aren’t just for toddlers. Sure, as adults or teens, we probably won’t lay on the floor of Target and pitch a hairy canary fit, but grown-ups like things that give us a warm, fuzzy feeling too.
The things that comfort every person will be different, but here are a few ideas to get you started.