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THURSDAY  •  JANUARY 7, 2021
 
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"Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep sleeping."
 
~ Unknown
tonight's pick-me-ups

Things we're doing to unwind and get cozy before bed tonight: 

💃🏻 Crafting through 2021. Painting, knitting, cooking — they were all such calming and sanity-checking activities. For the new year, explore new hobbies from getting creative with juices to taking a virtual dance class.

📺 Binge-watching the latest. Here's what we've been waiting for:
the best TV shows to stream in 2021. Start with the return of Dickinson, then Batwoman and Season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale. You'll definitely have your eyes full this Winter.

🎲 Partying adult-style. Take your favorite childhoods games, add a little grown-up fun, and gather the friends (virtually, of course) for a night they won't forget.
Play some good ole games online like Pictionary, Outburst, or Catan.

🥂 Keeping spirits bright.
Cheers to sparkling cocktails for a sparkling new year. From blackberry lavender spritzes to pear and cranberry champagne, toast with a new drink for every happy hour.

P.S.
Nothing but soothing vibes coming your way 💅🏾
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bedtime stories

Reads when you're up late anyway. Here are tonight's round-up for every occasion:

 LIFESTYLE  For when the clock strikes boredom-o'clock ~ If the thought of making sourdough makes you cringe now, here's how to deal with boredom while staying in: "Is boredom good — a spark that ignites the creative spirit? Or bad, a pressure that we can break from, and violate public health guidelines, endangering our communities? The latest research understands boredom as a signal that what you're currently doing isn't meaningful to you and doesn't grasp your attention — it’s a neutral signal. Boredom doesn't directly cause good or bad things to happen, though there are certain personality traits or environments that might make a person more prone to boredom, and to riskier responses to boredom. Understanding boredom as a benign signal can better help us resist the urge to run from feeling it. We might best know how to be bored once we understand what boredom really is."

 SELF  For when hugging isn't everyone's cup of tea ~ Many of us miss the warm embrace of friends and family, but we're also relieved that the pressure to hug is off: "I’m not against hugs. I’m against hugs as a social expectation, a default greeting option as ubiquitous as handshakes. Hugging is a meaningful way of showing all kinds of affection. Hugging is also upright cuddling. Not everyone wants to do it with you, and they shouldn’t have to. If I survive a pandemic, I don't want to continue to submit to the unspoken rule that if anyone puts their arms around you, it’s not socially acceptable to say, 'No thank you.' Hugging is something a lot of people love, and that’s great ... It shouldn’t be your assumption that every person who comes in your path is okay with being clutched to your chest."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when you don't have to 'get over it' ~ Breakups are tough at any time, but the pandemic can unsurprisingly make things more difficult. So don't be hard on yourself: "'I would encourage people to be extra gentle with themselves during this time. The uncertainty and isolation sap our energy, and our baseline level of stress is higher. Whatever we find painful under normal circumstances, we might feel more intensely right now — both the desire to check in with an ex and the rumbling of old feelings' ... In the end, I realized it was pointless to fight these feelings. I allowed myself to just be: to miss him, to be angry that he left, to be disappointed that I hadn’t moved on, to hate friends who couldn’t understand. Ultimately, surrendering to those emotions would help me make peace with myself."

 SLEEP  For when this is what dreams are made of ~ Scientists lend their explanations and how you can try to analyze yours (from bed, of course): "Do dreams serve a purpose besides making us wonder what the universe could possibly be signaling? 'There are two types of theories,' says [Philip Gehrman, Ph.D.], 'some are about the function of dreaming and other theories are about the function of REM sleep, where the idea is that there is something happening in the brain during REM sleep that's really important.' So what exactly are our minds trying to achieve in middle of the night? Gehrman explains that it's during the REM stage when all the new information we learned during the day gets incorporated into our memory network."
sounds for sweet dreams
Yellow Days ~ Keep Yourself Alive

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Spreading joy with asks, gives, shout-outs, and suggestions from within our community. All submissions welcomed!

  • 💯 "I like the yoga tips/videos and wanted to share a resource for a fat yoga instructor who I’ve found helpful! Maybe we could rotate her (or others like her) in to help people of all body types in their yoga?" ~ Sarah
    • 💤 Note from HQ: Hi Sarah, thank you so much for this suggestion! We will absolutely do better to choose more content that is representative and inclusive of our readers. We appreciate the feedback and welcome any more so that everyone here continues to have a positive experience. ~ The Snoozeletter Team

last stop to dreamland

🧚‍♀️ THING TO DIY 🎄
Fairy light branches that are the perfect excuse to keep your Christmas lights up.
Materials: a branch, faux eucalyptus garlands, LED string light, florist wire, wire cutters, adhesive hooks, florist tape, string/twine, pencil, and tape measure

Directions: grab your branch, prep your branch, cut, wrap with light, and repeat along the branch. Measure the space where you'll hang it up, then stay merry all year 'round
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☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

Reminder to: 
Look forward to what's to come.
 
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