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MONDAY  •  OCTOBER 26, 2020
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"I want to stop transforming and just start being."
~ Ursula Burns
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🙅‍♀️ Avoiding burnout. WFH is shaping up as the new future, but some of us are experiencing the same exhaustion as going to the office. Keep the burnout at bay by adding more joy to your daily routine and taking time to focus on the things you love doing.

💄 Minimizing our shelfie. If we're being honest, we could probably stand to tidy up our stash of beauty products.
Try this editor's tips to pare down to a 5-product, 5-minute routine.

📚 Creeping ourselves out. October is the best time to cozy up with a scary book, especially
those picked by authors who know what they're talking about. Open up Pretty Things and Home Before Dark just in time for Halloween.

🌌 Welcoming the new season.
Scorpio season that is. This astro sign is bringing the rest of us some chill vibes and meaningful connections (yay!), but be aware of feeling a little more sensitive and overthinking everything.

P.S. No need to explain "I'm a mouse, duh" thanks to
Zoom-friendly Halloween costumes 🦄
mood: tricksvia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

For when you're feeling the beat ~ Get into work mode with playlist must-haves that are guaranteed to boost your productivity: "Without the background noise of the traditional office setting, many people have implemented music into their work days to fill the sound void and break up the monotony. Others have turned to music to help drown out the chaos of their home lives while they work. Music can help stimulate the senses and get the creative juices flowing. A 2005 study linked listening to music while working with quicker and higher-quality results. But research has also shown that some kinds are better for different work contexts than others ... 'Music can help with workflow, provided it’s the right kind of music to help with the task at hand.' Keeping things instrumental is best for cognitive work like writing a report. But if you’re doing a more repetitive task like data entry, upbeat music with lyrics can help you stay alert and motivated. You can also look to noninstrumental options to shift the mood while moving from one kind of task to another."

 WELLNESS  For when you enjoy your quiet time ~ Eating in silence isn't usually the norm, but lately many have been enjoying silent breakfasts as a wellness practice to cope with the pandemic: "The concept for silent breakfast is simple enough: focus on your food, quietly, and deal with whatever thoughts come up. But it’s more difficult than it seems. When I first encountered silent breakfast, in 2019, it was easier for many of us to avoid ourselves by running through our own lives. In 2020, with nowhere to go and much less to do, I refocused on silent breakfasts. I made a date with myself every morning and guarded my time against the inevitable digital intrusions. I worked on being my own company, on treating myself like I’d treat a guest, on asking myself questions. I focused on what was in front of me, which allowed me to face each tumultuous day with a stronger sense of calmness and acceptance, relatively speaking. I started to crave my quiet reconfiguration every morning. As quarantine dragged on and loneliness became a real concern, I realized that silent breakfast unexpectedly helped me navigate that, as well."

 CULTURE  For when you're feeling over the moon ~ The emotion AND the new Netflix animated film, starring Phillipa Soo: "In Over the Moon, Hamilton star Phillipa Soo plays Chang’e, the mythical Chinese moon goddess, and she is truly out of this world. The beautiful story, directed by Glen Keane, features spritely and often moving songs by Chris Curtis, Majorie Duffield and Helen Park, and a luminescent score by Oscar-winner Steven Price. For Soo, who is Chinese-American, the story of Chang’e was familiar – up to a point. 'We've never seen Chang’e like this before. We know what happens until she gets to the moon, but we don't really know what happens after that,' she says. 'With this version, there’s elements of science-fiction in it, elements of the myth, elements of the Chinese culture, and that all culminates into this wonderful version of how we see her now' ... There's a message there in reaching out to someone who you may not agree with, who you may not know, in order to find healing. That love and community might come in some very surprising places."

 SELF  For when you're thinking your way to a better life ~ Tbh manifesting is more about the practice and less about the results: "Manifesting, or the practice of thinking aspirational thoughts with the purpose of making them real, has never been more popular: From late March to mid-July, Google searches for the term have skyrocketed 669 percent; 'shut up I’m manifesting' is among the defining memes of 2020. Yet even pre-pandemic, interest had been gradually rising since around 2017, alongside burgeoning conversations around wellness and self-care ... it’s no wonder the practice of manifesting has exploded. Like so many other quarantine trends — homemaking, bread baking, tie-dyeing, or learning TikTok dances — manifesting feels like a way to accomplish something we have control over in a time when we’re mostly powerless to effect any real change. All you need are your dreams, and to think about how nice it would be if they all came true."
sounds for sweet dreams
Arlo Parks ~ Green Eyes

🎶 Listen to more on our Spotify playlist 📻
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Spreading joy with asks, gives, shout-outs, and suggestions from within our community. All submissions welcomed!

  • 🕹️ "+1 to Among Us! Jackbox is also a favorite with my friends and the new party pack just came out" ~ Kellie A.

last stop to dreamland

🧘‍♀️ Try Channel-Cleaning Breathing to bring more focus and oxygen to your brain 🧘‍♀️
  1. Sit in a chair or cross-legged on the floor.
  2. Get comfortable, take two or three deep breaths in through your nose, and exhale through your mouth.
  3. Use your right thumb to close your right nostril.
  4. Inhale through your left nostril.
  5. Switch sides and repeat this pattern for several breaths.
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

Reminder to: 
Have a virtual coffee date with your work wife.

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