Self-Care Challenge (Day 257): Getting New Socks

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On day 257 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I bought new socks.

How many times have you sifted through your overflowing sock drawer, only to find not one single match?

(Okay, I’m glad I’m not the only one.)

While I’ve gotten pretty good at organizing my closet and most of my other dresser drawers, my sock drawer is out of control. There are light and heavy wool socks, trouser socks, cotton socks, hose, boot socks, and tights. And when I opened the drawer yesterday, it looked like there was an outright melee going on in there.

No matter how many times I reorganize it, it seems to fall right back into a state of chaos in a matter of days. As a result, I’m reorganizing it constantly. In a way, I guess this exercise in self-care does give me a chance to conduct a periodic sock audit. And this time around I noticed some of my socks were in pretty bad shape.

Clearly, it was time to restock. (Or, is that resock?)

Socks come in all shapes and sizes, so choosing the right kind depends on your personal preferences, lifestyle, and health status. Functionally, socks serve to keep our feet dry in warm weather and warm in cold weather, but they also have therapeutic uses.

JOBST stockings and TED hose are used in health care settings when swelling (edema) or clotting (embolism) is a concern. Compression stockings are also used by athletes who want to speed recovery time after strenuous activities. While these specialty stockings aren’t necessarily helpful for everyone, they can be vital for managing certain conditions.

For most of us, though, socks are a simple creature comfort. I mean, who doesn’t love a soft, plush new pair of socks, right?

Once again this proves that self-care doesn’t have to be complicated or lavish. It’s the little things that sometimes make the biggest difference.

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