1. A Reason To Stop Worrying – Watch This Whenever You’re Stressed Or Anxious. (video)
2. What Does My Anxiety Mean? “I need to know what it means, to understand its purpose more deeply. Not to package and sell it — I won’t be writing an inspirational memoir about the invaluable lessons I learned from my anxiety and here’s how you can, too. I just need to make sense.”
3. Vintage Illustrations of Flora and Fauna Are Superimposed into Surreal Portraits by MUMI.
4. Returning to the Whole. “To heal ourselves, we must remember that we are a small part of a much greater whole, writes adrienne maree brown in their June column.”
5. ‘You Don’t Look Anorexic’ on The New York Times. “New research shows that our assumptions about eating disorders are often wrong — and that many larger-bodied people are starving themselves.” For me, my health issues for the most part are about three things: chronic stress, insufficient rest, and starving myself — for years. It’s easy to see why so many of us suffer when healthcare and wellness culture pretend the fix for everything is to “lose weight” and assume that the size of your body is the most accurate measure of health.
6. Ditch the hearse, bring the kids, have a picnic: an alternative undertaker’s tips for a better funeral. “Rupert Callender didn’t know what to do with his life until he realised he could help people mark the deaths of their loved ones. Just don’t mention pallbearers and the other traditional trappings.”
7. What Our Devotion to “Wellness Cures” Costs Us. “‘Wellness’ is not merely a vague and noble goal but is a growing $4.4 trillion industry seeking to influence women’s spending habits and capture as much of our money as possible.”
8. 9 Relatable Things That Drain Highly Sensitive People.
9. 3 Emotional Regulation Practices for People Who Feel Too Much. “How to avoid going into emotional overload and triggering your flight and fight response.” In related news, 5 Self-Soothing Techniques for Introverts Who Feel Overstimulated.
10. What to Know About Seasonal Depression on The New York Times. “If you notice drastic shifts in your mood during certain times of the year, you could have seasonal affective disorder. Here are answers to your top questions about the condition.”
11. Depression can make tasks as easy as showering feel impossible — here’s how I dealt.
12. Burnout was supposed to get better. It hasn’t. “It’s not just you: Almost half of American office workers feel burned out at work.” In related news, Beyond burnout: What helps—and what doesn’t.
13. Hackers stole $13,103.91 from me. Learn from my mistakes. “Here are three simple ways to protect yourself from common hacks.”
14. A therapist says most women have ‘mother hunger’ that affects their relationships — here are 2 signs you have it.
15. ‘PEN15’ was a masterclass in working through adolescent angst. “The final season offered a profound answer as to why it was unlike anything else on TV.”
16. ‘Slash/Back’ Review: Inuit teens battle aliens in a groundbreaking thriller. “Slash/Back may be a spiritual successor to The Thing, but it carves out a unique space as a sci-fi horror flick made for Indigenous young adults.”
17. What to Watch: 7 (Actually Good) LGBTQ+ Rom-Coms to Stream.
18. Rosie Thomas – Fly Little Crow (feat. Iron & Wine). (video)
19. Mary Karr on Navigating Memory While Writing Memoir. “A single image can split open the hard seed of the past.”
20. I Love Lists, a fun collection on A Grace Full Life.
21. A Simple Wish on Craft Talk. Also from Jami Attenberg on Craft Talk, What Writers Need.
22. 16 Life-Learnings from 16 Years of The Marginalian. “Reflections on keeping the soul intact and alive and worthy of itself.”
23. @englisheccentrichome on Instagram. Dreamy interiors posted by Nikki Renshaw. “I am an Interior Designer. This is my inspiration board.”
23. Good stuff from Jena Schwartz: Wild Thing and Homecoming.
24. The Ultimate Productivity Hack is Saying No. We don’t have to care about productivity to recognize the power of no.
25. America’s problem is White people keep backing the Republican Party. “A clear majority of White Americans keeps backing the Republican Party over the Democratic Party, even though the Republican Party is embracing terrible and at times antidemocratic policies and rhetoric. The alliance between Republicans and White Americans is by far the most important and problematic dynamic in American politics today.”
26. 10 Slow Living Books To Help You Simplify Your Life.
27. Why Every Introvert Should Have an Exercise Routine.
28. Training The Mind To Transform, on the podcast from the Upaya Center, a nine part series in which “Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, Roshi, gives a Dharma talk introducing the practice of Lojong or mind training” and “Through personal investigation, creative confrontation, and rigorous practice, we will train our mind toward unshakable compassion together.”
29. Your autobiography from Seth Godin.
30. On Being Foundations, a special, four-part series. “On Being Foundations are words and ideas – ways of seeing the world and walking through it – that have emerged through 20 years of conversations which have come into conversation with each other and the life of the world. Think of these as tethering understandings towards our shared callings for inner life, presence to the world, and life together…Every session comes with an invitation that you can weave through the ordinary interactions of your life, your every day. You’ll find notes beneath each session posted on this page, with prompts to support that.”
31. #Blocktober from Mason Currey, which begins with #Blocktober begins here, (“A fog, a phobia—ennui, impotence, insanity—powerlessness, horror—and other attempts to describe the dreaded block”), and goes on to offer The perfect conditions for a creative block.
32. Comedian and actor Leslie Jordan dies after car crash at 67. This makes me so sad. He’d just lost his mama. “‘The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,’ a statement issued by the actor’s representative, David Shaul, said. ‘Not only was he a mega talent and joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary to the nation at one of its most difficult times. What he lacked in height he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, partner and human being. Knowing that he has left the world at the height of both his professional and personal life is the only solace one can have today.'”
33. I Weigh Podcast: Holding and Understanding Grief with Megan Devine on Spotify. “Psychotherapist and author Megan Devine joins Jameela this week to discuss what grief is, how it can affect us physically, what we can say to those in our lives who are grieving, and how we can actually help, and then wrap things up by answering your questions about grief and healing.”
34. The existence of the last slave transport ship was denied. A new documentary reveals the truth. “Descendant tells the true story of the ship and the descendants of the enslaved people who have fought hard to establish the truth of the Clotilda’s existence, both to better understand their own roots and to prove to the world that the crime actually happened. It declares that history cannot be brushed aside because it makes some people feel bad to remember it.”
There are so many things in your post that speak to me that I almost don’t know where to begin.
The first YouTube video you shared (A Reason to Stop Worrying) couldn’t have arrived at a better time for me. It puts everything into perspective. I’ve moved it to the top of my favorites tab so I remember to watch it when I’m having a scary day.
Leslie Jordan was a treasure. He helped so many of us through the lockdown.
I think I bookmarked practically every link you provided. 😂
YOU, my friend, inspired my list post. You, too, are a treasure. Thank you for sharing my post. It is an honor to be included in this post. ❤️
Jill, Thanks for sharing my piece on emotional regulation practice. And thanks for continuing to share so much good stuff and more.
It was so good, Sandra. ❤ ❤ ❤