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TUESDAY  •  MARCH 24, 2020
 
sleep mantra
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"Empathy, and the ability to use your imagination, should have no limits."
 
~ Emma Watson
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🛋️ Learning how to share our space. Working from home is hard enough without having to do so with your partner. Make sure to get good headphones, communicate your schedules, and most of all
embrace this window into your partner's work world.

📚 Narrowing down our to-be-read pile. Books immerse us into new worlds, and
Josie Silver's The Two Lives of Lydia Bird gives us double to be a part of. Love, loss, and crossroads collide in this smart and fun read.

🏃‍♀️ Finding a new workout routine. Not feeling that motivated these days? No problem,
try adding simple exercises like leg-lifts in between Netflix binge seshes on the days you just can't be bothered to get out of bed (or your PJ's).

💆‍♀️ Putting ourselves first. Tbh self-care doesn't have to be a big ordeal.
Creating small amounts of 'me time' everyday is as easy as meditating while your coffee is brewing or even scheduling some time to goof-off. #youdoyou
mood: skyPinterest
bedtime stories

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

 CAREER  For when you need to give yourself a break ~ We're living in strange times right now and may be quick to feel guilty about not doing enough. At same time, it's important to let yourself relax. "The idea of writing, of probing my mind for content and thinking deeply about structure and voice and emotion and so much more, feels so tiring these days that I just can’t bring myself to do it. So I close my laptop, put my notes away. And the moment I do, I feel infinitely better — not like I’m letting myself down, but like I’m letting myself off the hook. Like I’m giving myself permission to take a break, to not try. I need this relaxation time, I know I do — we all do, during this unprecedented era when we’re anxious and antsy and indefinitely stuck in our homes. But it’s challenging. So many of us, myself included, are used to constantly moving. We feel restless and bad when we pause, so we don’t pause. We push forward even when we don’t have any energy left because we feel like we’re supposed to, even if the only people expecting that of us are ourselves ... I’m also realizing, as the days go on and this worldwide crisis continues, that right now I would rather be calm than creative."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when etiquette is thrown out the window ~ Connecting with friends through the internet is making us shadier, especially when you can so easily bail on plans or double book video calls. "Zoom has brought out the best ('touch up my appearance' filter, anyone?) and worst of us in a short period of time, and we’ll either have to figure out how not to be assh*les or accept the fact that when we’re allowed to hang out with people in person again, we may not have anyone to hang out with. It’s Zoom that gave me the false confidence in double-booking virtual happy hour, ultimately having to tell someone, 'I can only stay for one drink!' And it’s Zoom that pushed a friend to DM me about another friend’s 'dungeon-style lighting' during a group wine night. I know what you’re thinking: 'Maybe you’re just friends with bad people?' Let’s talk when you subconsciously judge a friend’s book selection in the background or ask someone to go on mute because 'their dog won’t stop barking.' Zoom is the wild, wild, west of social norms, and we’re basically living in a Black Mirror episode in which people only exist on screen."

 HEALTH  For when you need a little extra support ~ Literally. We're getting older and we feel you with the aches and pains that come with it. Don't ignore them, no matter how much we wish they weren't happening. "It’s a well-established fact that the human back is garbage. On top of that, we make the situation even worse by sitting like earthbound legumes at desks, on couches, increasing our collective risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and early death ... Anyone could tell you they have a 'bad back' and they’d be right. The lumbar pillow is about as low-tech and low-risk as it gets, any somewhat pliable, narrow cushion you can place behind your low back will do. You don’t even need a pillow specifically designated back-supportive. All you’re looking for is basically a wedge to fill the space between the seat and the natural curvature of your lower back. One of those cheap airport neck pillows could work, too."

 FUN  For when we're shouting out to the creator of @dogsworkingfromhome ~ Thanks for the smiles. Hard times show us the best and worst of humanity, but choose to focus on the good. "It’s easy to look around and see how the Covid-19 crisis has brought out the worst in some people — from hoarding thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer to crowding bars and restaurants despite public-health guidelines. But such irresponsible behavior, I believe, is more the exception than the rule. Time and again, individuals and communities have demonstrated that the worst situations tend to bring out the best in people and the organizations to which they belong. In every moment of darkness, it seems, there are countless moments of light — small gestures of compassion and connection that allow people to show who they are, how they want to live, and what matters to them ... Look for ways for you and your colleagues to do something to make things a little better."
sounds for sweet dreams
Passenger ~ The Way That I Love You
last stop to dreamland

👌 THIS WEEK'S LIFE PRO TIP 👌
You've got some spare time right now, probably. Use some of this time to post glowing Yelp/Google/etc reviews of restaurants and small businesses that are going out of their way to accommodate you during all this. It could make a huge difference for them.

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☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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