The very act of reading is a comfort to book lovers, regardless of what is being read. Reading itself reduces stress quickly and reliably, but sometimes we need to go straight to our old favourites for ultimate comfort. Jane Eyre, of course, is a beloved happy place, whether in book or film/television form, and many classics act in the same way. Re-reading can be very comforting, for children and adults, so don’t be afraid to revisit childhood favourites. Perhaps an afternoon of childhood games would be just the ticket.
Nigella Lawson finds cooking itself comforting, and has many recipes for bolstering food. Jamie Oliver also understands the power of food to comfort. If cooking is more a chore than a hobby for you, you may like to knit a scarf, some socks or something from Star Wars.
In times of grief we have an especial need for comfort, and books about grief, such as those by C.S. Lewis and Joan Didion, can help. Books filled with beautiful photography can also soothe without the need for text, or you could go for feel good stories, films or games – mood boosting books, perhaps.
Be comfortable while you read with these gorgeous ideas for reading nooks, or you could read about making your home cosy with interior decorating. Binge watch Grand Designs, or borrow stacks of gardening/building/crafting books and videos to spur you on with your hobbies.
Don’t let anyone tell you what you ought to be reading; you know what you enjoy and you can read it guilt free! You could also try getting out of your comfort zone; read a genre you usually don’t like. Let your reading, watching and playing bring you comfort this month.
While you are reading, playing or watching your #comfortread this month, you might like to tweet about it using hashtags #comfortread #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you about it. You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too. You might like to post your photographs to Instagram or Flickr and use #comfortread #rwpchat so others can share in your reading, watching and playing.
The Twitter discussion takes place on 26 September, starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. 9.00pm New Zealand Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am GMT. Note this is a staggered discussion.