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THURSDAY  •  JUNE 18, 2020
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"Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance."
~ Anne Lamott
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🏳️‍🌈 Celebrating Pride no matter what. Coronavirus has made Pride Month look a bit different this year, but alas technology offers a second best option. From Black queer town halls to virtual concerts, here's your guide to all the virtual Pride events.

🎁 Shopping for dads. Tbh dads can be the hardest people to buy for. With Father's Day around the corner,
turn to these ideas for all types of dads and father-figures. Our personal picks: a waffle maker and a skateboard! #yesreally

🕹️ Hosting remote game night. Internet hangouts are fun and all, but we can only talk so much. If you're looking for new Zoom activities,
throw a family-style game night with some of our favorites like Heads Up and Cards Against Humanity.

🌌 Saying hello to the weekend. It's Friday eve, which means the weekend is basically here.
Let the stars guide your plans based on your zodiac sign. Cancers, celebrate your birthday early with a picnic. #cheers

You can now buy Panera's BREAD BOWLS from your local supermarket. 🍞
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bedtime stories

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

 CAREER  For when you need to do what's best for YOU ~ Taking extended time off work can really improve the state of your mental health. FYI, at most places you can make it happen: "Stress had ravaged my mind and body, creating a snowball effect that led to mental health problems including a panic disorder, major depression and generalized anxiety. And all of that contributed to flare-ups of chronic illness and a completely compromised immune system. So, I took a medical disability leave and it changed my life. Many people in corporate environments don’t know about this option, despite the fact that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. I didn’t. There’s a huge stigma when it comes to addressing mental health in the workplace. There’s a valid fear of facing repercussions or discrimination at your job based on your mental health status. But as more people reach breaking points, they may not have another option."

 WELLNESS  For when you're constantly thinking about food ~ Us too. Sometimes the food we dream up in our head is better than the real deal. Plus, doing so can make us feel better without even taking a bite: "My daydream cooking is usually wild and weird, the kind of food that you’d expect a child to dream up. There’s a cake I often imagine making: a bubblegum-pink cake with strawberry goo running through the middle like a sugar artery. On my phone, I keep a list of dream ice cream flavors which swing between the coyly experimental (bay with honeyed peach) and the recklessly dreamy (thunder and lightning, lemon grove, blueberry dream). I do all this outrageous cooking with my head resting heavy on my pillow or my fingertips wrinkling in the bathtub ... You’d think that the more vibrant my fantasy food life, the more I would cook in real life: that these daydreams, like appetizers before the main course, would stoke a hunger for more. But my mind-cooking is most insistent at precisely those times when the kitchen seems like an impossible place."

 CULTURE  For when you're watching Community on repeat ~ Old shows are proven to bring us comfort in times of uncertainty, so keep on binge watching: "For many people, predictability = safety ... Watching new things takes a lot of energy, [Katie Lear, a therapist specializing in trauma treatment] says. 'It may be too overwhelming to have to cope with more uncertainty in the media we consume, especially if the TV show is a drama.' When fates are all unknown, in real life or on screen, it can be hard to find the energy to be invested, especially after you’ve spent all day wondering whether you should cook or order delivery, exercise at home or go for a run, trust the news or find another source. If you’ve found yourself also watching a show for the billionth time, it’s because you already know what happens."

 SELF  For when you just want to scream, shout, and let it all out ~ Some call it an adult tantrum. Others call it breath work: "While in quarantine, I noticed surging interest in a practice that centers the respiratory system directly: breath work ... Breath work is often intense, usually a diaphragmatic breath (so like from your deep, low ribcage, rather than the top of your chest). Many teachers encourage rapid inhales and exhales, with no pause in between, to induce a hyperventilation. Classes are sometimes aided by sound baths or climatic music or a wash of therapeutic lectures. Students are sometimes encouraged to release noises (screams, howls, moans) or slam their palms on the ground. The flavor can change, but at its core, breath work involves lying on the ground, doing almost nothing except breathing fervently, up-tempo." #justbreathe
sounds for sweet dreams
Lennon Stella, Charlie Puth ~ Summer Feelings
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Spreading stay home joy with asks, gives, shout-outs, and suggestions from within our community. All submissions welcomed!

last stop to dreamland

Writing beautiful poetry through old-fashioned means.
  • Materials: any print publication (newspaper or magazine), paper, pen, scissors, and glue/tape
  • Directions: find a work space, brainstorm, snip, layout, paste, and recite your masterpiece out loud.
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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