2019 is the year for UPGRADES! In relationships, business, content, feeds, BLANKETS, plants, all of it. This year for Christmas my two beautiful older cousins bought me a weighted blanket. Now you’re probably thinking “a weighted what?”
When it first arrived, I had no idea what it was. I was like “Wow this box is heavy” and I know my cousins are low key boujee so I was very excited. I open it up and the box says it feels like you are being hugged. So I go “Omg, I love hugs” (my cancer self) and I open it up and there she was. I did some research of the benefits of a weighted blanket and here’s what I found.
I’ve been dealing with anxiety and depression all throughout high school and up until now. Once I found out the crazy benefits of weighted blankets, I was so excited to add it to my room. In 2017 and 2018, I made a commitment to make myself feel good. I was in a deep trough of depression and my space became a safe haven. It became a place where I protected it from bad energy. I made so many changes to make my environment a place where I was rid of judgment, harm, and toxicity. Hence, plants and crystals.
A weighted blanket is a blanket with sand or filler that distributes pressure onto your body to help you decompress. It feels like you’re being hugged, I’m serious. It’s like the adult version of being swaddled. At first, it was weird to sleep under it and to be honest I felt like I was being trapped since I’m a tad claustrophobic but once I got to know her a little more (her: my weighted blanket), we became best friends and I can’t imagine ever sleeping without it. Sometimes while I work I drape it over my shoulders to help keep my shoulders down and to make me feel less stressed. You just feel like you’re being pushed into the surface underneath you and that everything is going to be okay.
The additional weight keeps you calm, reduces anxiety, can help you stay focused. It also helps with any circulation issues and a whole bunch of other things. If you struggle with anxiety or depression I recommend stepping up your blanket came because seriously you guys, I am obsessed It’s helped me sleep better and I notice a difference when I don’t sleep under it. Think of it as a compression sock for your whole body. If I ever feel a little achy at the end of the day, I take a hot shower, go through my entire skincare regime, and crawl into bed. It helps my entire body to relax.
I love to feel cozy so I sleep under my weighted blanket and have my comforter on top. It doesn’t make me feel super constrained. On the first night it did but we’ve grown since then.
I think it’s important to invest in things that make you feel good. If you have a friend or a family member who struggles with anxiety or mental health issues consider buying one of these. They come in different weights. I don’t know the brand my cousins got me but here are some options I found on Amazon that I thought you might enjoy. They come in different weights, I believe mine is 10 pounds. It feels heavy when you pick it up but when its distributed across your body the weight doesn’t feel as intense. They can be expensive but I promise you, it’s worth it.
My room is a place where I recharge. I have my crystals and now 7 plant children there. I pride myself on keeping my room a sacred place because, for a very long time, it wasn’t. No matter where I am or who I am around, I know that I have my space to retreat to. Make a room or an area in your house a place where you can regroup. Keep books, blankets, candles, crystals, plants — whatever it is that makes you feel cozy around you because it can make a difference. I think we get so busy sometimes and neglect to take care of ourselves. Since I work from home most of the time my area is really important to me. I try not to work from my bed because I associate my bed to sleep so I am not productive whatsoever.