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MONDAY  •  JUNE 1, 2020
sleep mantra
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"Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."
~ Golda Meir
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

👩‍💻 Stacking up new skills. Wherever you are in your career, sharpening your soft and hard skills will always go a long way. Impress employers with persuasion, adaptability, and the fundamentals of AI that will help you reach success.

🥗 Refreshing our plates. Savor the fresh flavors of summer with
delicious salads that feature seasonal favorites like a strawberry, burrata, and quinoa salad or a green bean salad with peaches and balsamic vinaigrette. #noms

🧴 Preventing maskne. Masks are essential for your health right now, but they could also cause some serious acne probs.
Help prevent this side effect by using cleansers with benzoyl peroxide/salicylic acid and oil-blotting pads when on the go.

🎙️ Discovering it all. Only in quarantine have we really thought to ask why pants exist. Get the answers to all of life's burning questions on
Every Little Thing, a podcast that's great for a fun and educational listen.

Your next baking project lies within. 🍞
mood: hanging plantsvia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

For when we're adding more meaning into our lives ~ Time is starting to feel insignificant and pointless as our daily routines and social lives continue to be disrupted, but there are ways to mark your time and make the days feel important again: "For many of us, our daily routines are disrupted, our regular social calendars are wiped, and many of us nonessential workers have been spending more or less all of our time at home. And given the open-ended nature of the situation we’re currently in, our futures feel totally uncertain. The hours, days, and weeks can all kind of bleed into each other, if you let them. People have been finding creative new ways, though, to mark the passage of time — big and small, symbolic and practical ... 'I usually share after-work coffee or cocktails with my partners at our kitchen bar—it’s a great way to maintain our typical after work wind-down at bars and coffee shops while offering a little postwork social time that’s not about taking out the compost or the laundry schedule. Sometimes we’ll go to virtual events put on by my coworking space The Wing or local clubs and parties we love. We’ve deduced that our kitchen bar is the best bar in town because it’s cheap, there’s no need to duck out unsavory bros, and you don’t have to call an Uber to get home.'"

 TRENDING  For when a stranger calls ~ Lack of social interactions and new faces have people reaching for chat sites like Omegle and Chatroulette that we haven't heard from in a while: "Since 2009, the free online chat website Omegle has been randomly connecting strangers via video and text, but you probably haven't used it since the last time you had a sleepover. Now, people are apparently so sick of Zooming with people they know that they are willing to risk an unsolicited genital flashing in exchange for an unfamiliar face. Yes, Omegle and Chatroulette are back ... Andrey Ternovskiy, the CEO of Chatroulette, tells Bustle usage has gone from 48,000 daily users pre-pandemic to 148,000 daily users at the end of May. Despite the unavoidable NSFWFH content, people are flocking to platforms like Omegle and Chatroulette because they are just that lonely and bored. But don't worry: as soon as stay-at-home orders are lifted, you'll be able to interface with strangers IRL again."

 WELLNESS  For when we're having a good (hair) day ~ Compulsive hair transformations can act as a form of control right now, when we seemingly have none: "While countless memes and posts credit outgrown layers and split ends as the impetus to wield scissors after months of salon closures, there are deeper reasons behind the sudden influx of #quarantinecuts. The truth is, many people — whether they know it or not — are seeking more than a simple trim. From claiming control and processing trauma to engaging in playful experimentation or chasing the thrill of a 'rebellious' act, there are multiple emotional and psychological triggers that prompt someone to make such a spontaneous change. For a generation that has become increasingly dependent on outsourcing everything — from assembling Ikea furniture to prepping meals — the exhilaration that comes from doing something for yourself can be revelatory. "

 SLEEP  For when you dream in color ~ FYI pink noise is a thing and it's actually better at helping you sleep: "Pink noise consists of all frequencies, too, but they’re not equally distributed. Instead, the energy is greater for lower frequencies. This results in a deeper sound that’s lower, less 'bright,' and more balanced than white noise — like white noise with the bass amped up. Pink noise’s positive effect on sleep may improve memory, too. In a 2017 study, researchers played bursts of pink noise in sync with delta brain waves (the slow brain waves associated with deep sleep) and found that people performed 26 percent better on memory tests the next day ... For some peeps — and even babies — the deeper, soothing tones of pink noise may be even more effective than white noise for sleep. Experiment with pure pink noise or pink noise-dominant sounds at different volumes to see what works best."
sounds for sweet dreams
Bruno Major ~ The Most Beautiful Thing
community board

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

  • 📣 "I'm just scratching the surface here, but I encourage anyone here to not stay silent and proactively be an ally for your peers, especially WOC. It's as simple as starting a conversation. Please donate if you can. Minnesota Freedom Fund is doing good work and has recommendations for other organizations needing your support."

last stop to dreamland

🧘‍♀️ Try the Half Happy Baby pose to open your hips and release lower back tension 🧘‍♀️
  • Lying on your back, bend the left knee and hold the left foot with both hands.
  • Relax the torso and gently pull your knee toward the bed, keeping the shoulders and head relaxed.
  • Hold this pose for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat on the other side.
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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