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TUESDAY  •  MARCH 17, 2020
 
sleep mantra
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"Only do what your heart tells you."
 
~ Princess Diana
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

Serving up kindness. Compliments are critical for our mental and emotional health.
Work on executing genuine compliments by saying them as soon as you think it, reflecting happiness, and highlighting positive personality traits.

Filling up our cup. The best part of waking up is coffee, so why not make it even better
with these amazing gadgets? Invest in a milk frother, a chemex, or even a pour-over kettle to up your WFH coffee making game.

🛋️ Making space. Tiny apartment living shouldn't mean compromising on style or function.
Try these simple design tricks to fit your desk into even the smallest of spaces, like utilizing the empty spot behind your sofa with a clear desk that doesn't take up much space or attention.

📺 Learning to chill. We consume entertainment like candy, but now might be a good time to distance yourself from all the doom and gloom.
Choose to watch shows that are sprinkled with humor and happiness (ahem, NOT Contagion).

*BONUS REC: What we're drinking to support our hair, skin and nails whilst we sleep is
Fusspot Beauty Tea's "Cloud Nine" organic herbal collagen-infused tea. The lavender, chamomile, and passionflower will help you sleep whilst the collagen will help your skin glow when you wake up! 🍵
mood: pinchvia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

 WELLNESS  For when you need to calm your nerves ~ Baking once again fills our need for comfort with some sugar, spice, and meditative wonders. "Among the plethora of activities one could do with an abundance of free time at home, baking seems to be a no-brainer. Just scroll through Instagram, or do a quick Twitter search for 'anxiety baking' or 'stress baking,' and you’ll find all the cakes, pies, and cookies that momentary recluses are taking solace in these days. Baking in troubled times is nothing new: anxiety baking, as documented by The Atlantic’s Amanda Mull, and 'procrastibaking,' as covered by Julia Moskin at New York Times, are both phenomena that have gained new purchase in recent years, a response to present-day collective distress and working conditions. American millennials 'seem to have turned to weekend baking as a salve for the ambient anxiety of being alive,' Mull writes; as writer Kat Kinsman told her, baking is a form of self-care, one that’s cheap, easy, and visceral."

 TECHNOLOGY  For when going outside doesn't mean having to leave the house ~ Jump into the depths of virtual reality with the methodical and predictable life of The Sims to help soothe and heal your weary mind. "How many times have I wished for equally clean endings for the end of unsatisfying relationships, or jobs I drudged through, or the frustrating last day during visits to my family who I love unconditionally, but somehow always stay with one day too long? How nice would it be to try out children for just a little bit before becoming a mother? Of course, these are the unexceptional wishes of any person craving order and assurance — anyone aiming for stability, whether they’re depressed or not. But when my mental health is at its best, The Sims has less appeal. It’s when I’m feeling good that a steady drip of progression with clean endings sounds boring."

 INTERESTING  For when they fooled you twice ~ It's easy to fall into the conspiracy theory trap, especially when there's so much misinformation floating around on the internet. "Americans are surrounded by a rising tide of misinformation and fake science. Take climate change. Scientists are in almost complete agreement that people are the primary cause of global warming. Yet polls show that a third of the public disagrees with this conclusion. In my 30 years of studying and promoting scientific literacy, I’ve found that college-educated adults have large holes in their basic science knowledge and they’re disconcertingly susceptible to superstition and beliefs that aren’t based on any evidence. One way to counter this is to make it easier for people to detect pseudoscience online. To this end, my lab at the University of Arizona has developed an artificial intelligence-based pseudoscience detector that we plan to freely release as a web browser extension and smartphone app."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when we miss our BFFs ~ It's easy to feel lonely, even when you're surrounded by thousands of people. Now with social distancing, we're facing a new reality of being alone a lot more these days. "As human beings, we need community for support. And now, thanks to tools we have at our fingertips, we’re able to access that sense of community online with people we may have never gotten a chance to connect with otherwise. Bumble BFF has contributed to more meetups of females looking for friendship, while online networking communities like Girlboss help women navigate career and work waters. Even Reddit threads like this Girl Survival Guide are helping women feel less alone in the things they are going through. Nicole Sbordone, licensed therapist and author of Surviving Female Friendships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, says that the more we put in effort, the more it will alleviate feeling lonely and isolated. 'We need to re-define how we make friends.'"
sounds for sweet dreams
St. Vincent ~ Los Ageless (Acoustic)
last stop to dreamland

👌 THIS WEEK'S LIFE PRO TIP 👌
Self-care is anything that benefits your personal well-being, be that your immediate physical/mental health or long-term goals. No stranger on the internet can decide what that should be for you. Figuring out how to take care of yourself is part of self-care.

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☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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