Lately, I’m not above any attempt to make all the everything of this past year feel a little less stressful. I long to be the type of person who can keep plants alive, have a flawless self-care morning ritual and not fall into negative stress spirals despite living through a global pandemic where medical guidance is deemed optional by so many — but I’m just not there. Instead, I stress! I grind my teeth and I bite my nails and I talk to myself/my dogs about all the various things that are making the vein in my forehead throb at that given hour. Chill? Not me. I don’t know her. Never met her.
Of course, there’s no way to buy a stress-free mindset (unless its alleviating financial stressors, I suppose?) and a lot of it comes with finding ways to collaborate with your community of loved ones to be kinder