22 People Who Have Found Comfort Objects That Ease Fear And Anxiety


Blankets, stuffed animals, clothes, and other soft objects we
can’t live without.

Posted on November 01, 2017, 20:48 GMT

We recently asked members of the
BuzzFeed Community to
tell us about the blankets, stuffed animals, and other comfort
objects that they still rely on as adults.

We asked them to tell us how their object makes them feel and
what kind of comfort it provides. As a heads up, some of these
submissions mention suicidal feelings, self-harm, and mental

Here’s what they shared:

2. They keep you feeling safe during
in-patient mental health treatment.

“I have a stuffed bear named, quite creatively, Teddy, that
I’ve had since I was 2 or 3. The funny thing is that he came
from a flea market and was already well loved when I got him,
but he was (and is) the favorite of my multitude of stuffed
animals. Despite being a college student and ‘adult’ I still
sleep with him most nights.

I had a really rough time battling mental illnesses and
persistent suicidal thoughts during high school, which led to
several inpatient visits at behavioral health hospitals and a
six-month placement for residential treatment during high
school. My teddy bear provided me with comfort and a sense
of security.
I still sleep with him and several other
stuffed animals at night and I am so reluctant to part with any
of my stuffed animals, as they were such a big part of my
childhood and they all have names and personalities, so it
would be like saying goodbye forever to a close childhood


3. They can provide a perfect texture for

“I have Asperger’s syndrome, and though I am highly functioning
I still need stim objects. One of those includes my ‘fleecie’ a
fleece maroon blanket I’ve had since I was born. She is a
little worn now but that makes the texture even better! I use
her at night when my pills don’t always help with my anxiety.
On particularly bad days, I rub the fabric between my
fingers and start feeling immediately better.


4. They’re always there to cuddle up
after a hard day.

“I still sleep with my childhood stuffed animal, a dog named
Buckets. I don’t need to but he’s always laying in my bed in
case of a hard day or just when I need something tangible to
hold on to.”


6. They keep you company through a
diagnosis and hospital visits.

“I have a blanket I call Blankie. It was sunny yellow when I
was brought home from the hospital in it, and it used to be big
enough to cover my entire body until about 4 years old. Now,
it’s a tied-up ball of pieces of blanket and acrylic edging.
I’m 35 now, and I still sleep with it every night. When I’m
super stressed I hold and smell it and play with the edging.
I’ve recently been diagnosed with lupus and the last
year-and-a-half has been super hard. I’ve been holding and
smelling it more than in past years.
I’ve even taken it to
doc appointments and ER visits if I’m scared. My husband will
even bring it to me without asking because he knows it helps.
It brings me so much comfort. It reminds me of all that I’ve
been through and how strong I am, even for a 35-year-old mom
and wife with a blankie!”


8. They’re a sleep aid when you need
certain sensory objects to drift off.

“As an adult with ADHD, sensory objects have become very
necessary when trying to sleep every night. My object is a
blanket that I have to touch in order to sleep. Growing up, I
didn’t know why I needed this certain blanket, but as an adult,
it has become very clear!”


9. They can make chronic illness feel
more manageable somehow.

“I have a blanket I call Blankie, but it’s not so much about
security, but more that I feel cold without it even in the peak
of summer. I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and the
blanket makes the pain seem less severe. It feels more
manageable if I have my blanket.”


10. When you’re grieving, they can be
reminders of the person you lost.

“Kinda morbid, but my dad died four years ago and my nan saved
some of his ashes to put in teddy bears for me and my younger
brother. It took me a while to warm up to it but now I pull
out my dad bear when I need a hug (I’ve sprayed it with his
deodorant so it even smells like him), and it’s turned out to
be one of the most effective items when I’m feeling uneasy or
Sometimes I’ll even sit it on my windowsill so he
can hang out with me while I clean.”


11. They’re perfect for crying into when
you feel an anxiety or depression spiral coming on.

“I have a stuffed bear that is about the size of my torso. It’s
name is literally My Bear because I’m too lazy to have ever
thought of a name. It’s the only thing I own that has survived
three college dorms, countless road trips with my parents, and
eight moves, including two that were out of state/halfway
across the country. Every time I feel myself having an
anxiety attack or spiraling into a depressive episode, I cuddle
it and usually cry it out in a dark room. It’s the only way I
know how to get through anything.”


12. A weighted, scented stuffed animal
that you can also use as a heat pack can bring you to the peak
of serenity.

“I have a stuffed monkey named Murry. He smells like lavender,
and can be microwaved to become a heat pack. I have
generalized anxiety disorder, and he helps calm me down when
I’m anxious. I brought him with me the first time I donated
blood because I was afraid of needles (that experience helped
me conquer my fear of needles).
I also brought him to my
last day of phlebotomy school to bring me good luck and comfort
during my final. He’s weighted, so the pressure provides me
comfort at night if I’m having a tough time. I got him for
Christmas when I was 17 and I love him so much. ❤️”


13. And when they come into your life at
an important time, they’re basically forever prized.

“I was placed into foster care a few weeks before my 11th
birthday. For my birthday, my foster family (now adoptive
family 16 years later) bought me a stuffed horse. It’s all
black with this white diamond on its forehead. I haven’t
slept without it a day since I got it, even when I’ve gone to
professional conferences sharing hotels, sharing beds with
partners, staying in hospitals, etc. It’s just a part of who I
People have always made fun of me for it, especially as
I’ve gotten older, but I just let it go. The comfort I get from
it is far greater than the temporary annoyance of an adult
poking fun at me like a school child for a few minutes.”


14. They can help you calm down by
reminding you of calmer times.

“For as long as I can remember, I have had a stuffed bear and
blanket made for me by my godmother. They were given to my mom
as a baby shower gift and I have had them ever since! Now,
as an adult-ish person dealing with severe anxiety, these items
offer a sense of comfort nothing else could.
They are soft,
warm, familiar, and remind me of calmer times which, in
response, helps calm me down in moments of anxiety and panic.”


18. They’re a memento that belonged to
someone you lost.

“My security blanket is something I received in the last five
years. While I’ve always had a blanket with me, this one always
sat on my grandpa’s bed in the nursing home and then the
hospital, and when he passed, my aunt gave it to me and it
hasn’t left my side since. It’s starting to show it’s wear and
tear but it’ll always be my most used blanket.”


22. They can help you feel safe in your
gender presentation.

“I can’t go anywhere without wearing a jacket. More
specifically, a soft, plushy hoodie. It can be 90 degrees and
I’ll just tough through it. I’m transgender (FTM) and haven’t
started hormones or had top surgery, so it helps me feel like
you can’t see my chest. It makes me feel safe and passing.”


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