One of my favorite things in the whole world is cozy, lounge around the house foot gear. I love love love comfy socks. And, all of my slippers are lined with soft material. I have a theory - happy feet = happy soul.
This theory is based on my personal experience with awfully uncomfortable shoes.
Yes, anyone who knew me years ago (and I mean many years ago!), knew I had a thing for shoes. While they were lovely to look at, and at that time in my life I didn't feel or notice the discomfort they caused, I am simply not the same person any longer. Don't get me wrong - I have some heels and a couple of pairs of wedge boots, but they are definitely not a staple, and if /when I wear them, it's only for short periods of time before they can impact my mood.
Case in Point: A couple of years ago I went to the Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World conference in NYC. I was so excited to go to see women I hadn't seen in awhile and meet new, amazing inspirista's! The mistake I made - I wore heels. And I didn't bring any alternatives. By the end of the day, while my heart was so excited, my body began to rebel. I learned my lesson, and ALWAYS bring shoe #2 "waiting in the wings".
Soft socks and fuzzy slippers help us bring some sparkle back to our soul through the healing power of our senses, in particular - ‘touch’. The research is clear – there are over 100 studies on how touch can lift our mood, provide comfort, peace of mind, solace, even boost the immune system…so today, try incorporating something soothing by way of touch.
We don’t always have time or money to have a massage, although it is very powerful for relieving stress. If you have a partner, make sure to hold hands and connect with him/her. Find your favorite furry four-legged friend and pet away! Flying solo? You can give yourself a temple massage, adding in an aromatic oil will amp it up a notch. For a simple soother, try warming a wet towel and wrapping it around your hands or neck.
The Blankie Effect
Remember “woobies” work for a reason! Touch can happen in many forms, it doesn’t have to be physical contact. Ever notice how a child clings to his/her teddy bears or favorite blankets, especially when they are tired or teary eyed? Cuddle up to a velvet pillow, or put your blanket in the dryer for a few minutes to warm it up, and wrap it around you while watching tv. Keep your sheets and bedding soft, too.
Comfy from Head to Toe
Wearing clothing that feels good – from fleece pajamas to a satin shirt- can work wonders on your mood. And don’t forget your feet as I mentioned! Use gel inserts for your heels, or even keep fuzzy, soft-lined slippers under your desk or around the house. Aching feet cause a lot of stress throughout our bodies. Remember, physical stress can lead to mental stress and vice versa.
How do you incorporate the healing power of ‘touch’ into your day?