What comforts you right now?

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For me, it’s yoga (when my blasted knee isn’t acting up) followed by 30 minutes of dancing around (to this) every morning, and then music all day long while I’m working. My Spotify subscription is truly the best investment I ever made. Right now this playlist—of Brazilian musician Seu Jorge, singing mostly Bowie covers, is what I find most calming. Also, lavender essential oils at bedtime. How about you? What’s keeping you feeling safe and warm these days?

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    Colleen
    17 Sep 2020
    11:10am

    I will put Mamma Song by Cody Jinks on and dance like a fool for three minutes – it always makes me happy and the dog thinks it’s fun too! Otherwise holding on to my sanity with a stack of library books (courtesy of the drive-up service they are offering in Dallas) and a pop up hammock I bought at the start of this.

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    HickfromStyx
    18 Sep 2020
    4:54pm

    Netflix: “Love on the Spectrum”. Cheering them on!

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    The Prof
    19 Sep 2020
    9:47am

    I’m redecorating. Specifically, repainting the attic— an enormous space without a flat ceiling anywhere. It seemed like an impossible project before, so Imput up with the ugly color and border there when we purchased the house 15 yrs ago. But early this summer, I said, ‘well, I’m stuck in the house for a year. I can take my time and do a little bit at a time and not put any expectations on myself that it must be finished by any date.’ So… all painting is complete — entirely by me— and now I’m replacing furniture and other decor. Such a feeling of silver lining to the lockdown. (I also do at least one and often two long walks daily, along almost deserted bike trails near my home.)

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    Y.k.
    17 Sep 2020
    8:01am

    Yoga , Greek yogurt +manuka honey (please try it), Netflix (just saw American Factory- highly recommend).

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      Sara Campbell
      18 Sep 2020
      2:40pm

      Nice! Greek yogurt and honey is my go to as well. And sometimes I add chia seeds for a little variety (one gets ones kicks where one can these days).

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        kimbersam
        18 Sep 2020
        7:35pm

        Another option: cinnamon and almond butter (with greek yogurt and honey)

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    LisaR
    17 Sep 2020
    7:50am

    I don’t know if it has something to do with the loss of sense of smell being a covid symptom, but I’ve been wearing a lot of fragrance lately. I’m rotating through my perfume collection, even exploring those little sample vials that collect in a drawer, and have been using scented lotions, oils, etc., especially before sleep.
    Organizing / decluttering my home has been relaxing as well, at a slow pace so I can enjoy looking through things. It took me three days (working on and off) to sort through a guest room closet because I looked at the photos in the boxes, flipped through the yearbooks, etc. as I moved things around. There’s been some retail therapy too, particularly flat shoes since I’m tired of wearing slippers around the house and new sneakers just don’t do it for me. Most comforting, has been connecting with family and friends through Facetime, Zoom, etc., especially friends from college. We were talking the other day about how we would have reacted if someone told us 30 years ago that someday we’d be talking to each other via video phone call while stuck in our homes during a global pandemic — we wouldn’t have believed them!

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      LisaR
      17 Sep 2020
      9:22am

      Oh, I meant to add wearing makeup again (mostly for the eyes, but also lipstick and blush). I took a break for a few months, but I’ve found that getting a bit dolled up improves my mood and makes me look and feel more alert.

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      AnnieA
      17 Sep 2020
      4:27pm

      Perfume makes the world more beautiful.

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      Gemma
      17 Sep 2020
      9:50am

      I’m comforted by finding new rhythms these days. I’ve been walking my dog along the same garden-filled 1.5 mile walk every morning since March, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the plants shift and change. It was daffodil season when this all started and now we’re into mums.

      Also, in March, I bought a ton of yarn and I’ve been knitting endless pairs of fingerless gloves with fun and interesting patterns. These little projects take about two weeks per pair and each pattern is a bit different enough to challenging. Are there any GOACA on Ravelry?

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        Lisa
        21 Sep 2020
        12:20pm

        I’ve enjoyed resuming my knitting habit these past months too! I knit baby sweaters because like your projects, they knit up quickly and you can learn new techniques along the way. Even got to give one to one of my best friends who just became a grandmother for the first time – a cute stripey cardigan for her grandson! 🙂 such joy

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        Jasmine
        17 Sep 2020
        7:25pm

        Your gloves sound fabulous! I’ve been taking knitting squares for the Covid Memorial blanket that has been started here in Canada. I’m glamIam on Ravelry.

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        Kara
        17 Sep 2020
        11:49am

        Yes! I’m on Ravelry, under kbeer. Would love to see your gloves! I knit like a dervish at the beginning of quarantine but then tapered off. Currently trying to finish a Lisa Richardson alpaca sweater I’ve been knitting for…18 or more months.

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        Lynn in Tucson
        17 Sep 2020
        1:16pm

        Greetings! I’m unpastis on Ravelry!

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          Gemma
          17 Sep 2020
          3:22pm

          I’m singingcrayoneyes on Ravelry.

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            maryse
            17 Sep 2020
            7:39pm

            i’m maryse on ravelry! although i’m not knitting so much these days. i am crocheting again though. and doing embroidery.

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    LisaC
    17 Sep 2020
    8:20am

    My dog has been a great comfort and distraction. Zoom calls with friends help, and makes me wonder why we didn’t do it before the pandemic with the out of town folks. Getting outside to walk or ride my bike has been relaxing.

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    Karen
    17 Sep 2020
    8:20am

    I spent 2 weeks at the Jersey Shore, which was very comforting. Now I’m in a hotel visiting my mom for the holidays, less comforting for me, but very comforting for her. After that, I’m not sure…honestly, I think until the end of the year, I’m going to be a ball of stress and anxiety

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      Ann
      17 Sep 2020
      12:29pm

      The Jersey Shore is my happiest happy place. Grew up going to my uncle’s house in Avalon, and we try to get back there every summer when we can. I live half an hour from Malibu…but I’d still prefer to fly across the country to park myself on a Jersey beach.

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    Candy
    17 Sep 2020
    8:35am

    Nighttime is the worst, with all the negative thoughts running like a bad voice-over in my head about how I won’t be able to see my kids or my 95-yo dad or my brothers or really, anyone, for so long. But even though I thought this was a dumb idea when I first read it, I’ve started taking a minute each night to write down the things I am grateful for, or a nice thing that happened that day, or anything positive. And it’s helped.

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      Lorna
      17 Sep 2020
      10:40am

      Thanks I’d forgotten about this. I always forget to do this and it is helpful.

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    Deborah
    17 Sep 2020
    8:37am

    My husband and I have employed our out-of-work gym trainers to come to our home to train us. We set up an outside gym on our patio. It is an indulgence but we can’t spend money on travel or eating out so this is a good thing to do for our health and the trainers’ income.
    We live in Philadelphia suburbs in a very verdant setting so lots of gardening. I have more zinnias than I can possibly use so I share them with neighbors. I do lots of baking and share that as well.

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    Caroline
    17 Sep 2020
    9:21am

    In July we rented chickens. Yup, you can rent them. They’re entertaining and we have fresh eggs everyday. Also the fig tree in our yard finally has figs after years of nothing. Delicious with yogurt and honey.
    Small pleasures, but they do make my day better.
    I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a daily struggle.
    Kids are zooming school and desperate to bust out.. I try to work from home and not become too unglued over it all..
    I’ve really been enjoying Everything is fine Kim.

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      Jeanne
      17 Sep 2020
      9:40pm

      Wait a minute…One can rent chickens you say?? My mind is blown! I have a weird love for chickens and have always wanted to have some in my yard. I’ll have to see how the dog adapts and well more importantly, we have a bobcat that’s been seen on the wall.

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        Caroline
        18 Sep 2020
        8:36am

        Yes! They bring the coop and feed with the chickens. And they eat whatever you feed them:-) My dog owns the back yard and the chickens get the front. I don’t trust my dog with the Regina, Gretchen and Karen for a second!!
        Not sure about the bobcat!!

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    maryse
    17 Sep 2020
    7:53pm

    right now, the only thing that gets me through the week are water aerobic classes. i’m taking 3 a week now and it happens at the local high school pool. i love the water. i love the camaraderie and i get exercise! i broke my leg a year ago, and was still having knee pain when classes started in July but now my knee feels so much better. i get to class all stressed and by the time i get out of class i’m tired but good tired.

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    Katy
    17 Sep 2020
    7:57pm

    I have been deeply comforted by watching videos of a singer named Dimash Kudaibargen singing a song called “SOS d’un terrien en detresse” on youtube. I like some of the other songs he does, but SOS is the one that turns my brain inside out. He sounds like how I think an angel would sing. And I enjoy the reaction videos that vocal coaches have done of him singing – they are always so astonished and amazed and get the chills just like I do. My favorite reactions are from Sam Johnson and Lukas Haas. I don’t sing, and haven’t played an instrument in 35 years, so I have no idea why I find it all so fascinating. My only explanation is that it is something so beautiful and so beyond anything in my life and it feels like a vacation from my anxiety.

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    AnneL
    17 Sep 2020
    9:54pm

    My tiny Chicago garden that backs up onto the el (where it’s on the ground like a toy train). I have trellises with climbing roses and clematis and old outdoor Smith and Hawken for Target couches with new soft cushions. At night, we have fairy lights on the trellises and candles in old vases so they don’t blow out. And I read mysteries and romance novels written in the 1990’s (where all the “contemporary” references are like time traveling) and I allow myself to take a deep breath and a long sip of my drink when I come across deeply old school sexual politics before continuing on.

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    melsybelsy
    17 Sep 2020
    10:56pm

    My comfort involved you Kim! I purchased a lovely dark green Everything is Fine T-Shirt which arrived this past weekend. It has the perfect slouch/structure to wear with my dark wash jeans. I wore this during my first zoom class today (I teach HS Art) – the mantra was well received :).

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    Sarah
    17 Sep 2020
    4:15pm

    I am really leaning into making v60 pourovers with Yirgacheffe beans, and enjoying them a date or whatever nice dark chocolate I’ve chosen for myself for the week.

    I also only discovered during this time the ability to borrow e-books from the library and it’s been AMAZING. I read a lot more because I no longer have a commute, and also still sleep more. Reading and sleeping are two of my favorite things. Also in case this was news to you: you can borrow cookbooks.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      17 Sep 2020
      5:05pm

      Cookbooks and chickens.

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    AnnieA
    17 Sep 2020
    4:39pm

    Perfume – I’m okay if can still smell beautiful things
    Talking to friend – I set up a weekly call list
    Cuddling my teddy-penguin, The Flipperling (not at all embarrassing to mention)
    Donating to charities
    Tidying

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    Mae
    17 Sep 2020
    4:56pm

    My usual comforts have been stripped away — yoga classes (not being offered right now), reading outside on the deck (too much smoke from wildfires), cooking (gets so old), television (feels like being yelled at). That leaves gin-and-tonics when the day gets too long. I wish I had a better response to this question.

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      Mae
      17 Sep 2020
      7:18pm

      …In the name of being helpful, I should also add that I have pets (2 dogs and a cat) who I’ve loved unconditionally for a long time, who have loved me and my husband unconditionally for a long time, and who bring us pure joy every day, no matter what. I’m hoping that the outcome of this pandemic will be more pet love. Animals keep us kind.

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        Praleen
        17 Sep 2020
        8:04pm

        Such a true and beautiful thought Mae. They make our hearts open in ways that other people don’t. Pet love is such a magical privilege.

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    T
    17 Sep 2020
    5:49pm

    Participating in this public art installation:
    https://maketrumptiny.com/

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    Dana D
    17 Sep 2020
    6:12pm

    I got a rescue dog. I named him Pablo, after my favorite Chilean poet. He takes my mind off of distance learning and zooming with high schoolers. I love my students, but older teens are not into turning the camera on– I don’t blame them, I’m not wearing much make-up or doing much to my hair these days either. I beg them to let me see their beautiful faces at the end of class when we close our sessions, but then I just want to cry all over again. I miss their presence and their chatter so much. The silences of distance learning are really something.

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    MARGARET
    17 Sep 2020
    7:42am

    I am a die-hard coffee drinker! But for comfort purposes, especially now that the weather is cooling off, I HIGHLY recommend Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Tea. Do yourself a favor and buy the big-ass bag of sachets from the website, not the tiny tin. It is has zero sugar or artificial sweeteners (it’s sweetened by cloves?!?!) but it tastes as if it does–you need add nothing. I promise it is heaven. No matter how shitty your day has been, drinking a cup of this tea will improve it by ten percent It’s so comforting that I have been sending big-ass bags of it to my friends all during quarantine to brighten their days (that is another thing I do to comfort myself–try to send people surprises to remind them they are loved). Here is the link: https://www.harney.com/collections/all/products/hot-cinnamon-spice-tea?variant=1339237040134

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      c.w.
      17 Sep 2020
      11:27am

      Cinnamon tea is really good for circulation. I usually drink Bengal Spice, but will try this one. Thank you for the recommendation!

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      LisaC
      17 Sep 2020
      8:16am

      The tea sounds wonderful. Just ordered it!

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      MRV
      17 Sep 2020
      1:48pm

      That is the very best tea – so tasty!!! They also have the most delightful gift sets (at amazing prices, with free shipping much of the time) that I love to send as pick-me-ups. I will admit I add a little honey to it…mmm, so good!!!

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        liz
        17 Sep 2020
        2:56pm

        I used to give this tea as holiday gifts to my colleagues at work.
        B&N always has the tins. The pumpkin tea is also good.

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    SP
    17 Sep 2020
    7:31am

    I’m comforted by my cats, clean sheets, and flash mob videos. And music, always.

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    Jenny
    17 Sep 2020
    9:58am

    Any playlist with Come On Eileen is going into heavy rotation with me. Thanks for sharing it, Kim! Sources of comfort for me: epic text threads with friends, watching baseball even though my team is a disaster this year, perfume, extraordinary tea from Brooklyn Tea, my (threadbare) Smartwool joggers, yoga, long walks outside, Hilary Mantel’s last Thomas Cromwell novel, “My Life is Murder” on Acorn, my sweet boyfriend, anticipation of wearing wool socks as it gets colder. Like so many of us, I am both stuck and unmoored these days, so I need a lot of comforts.

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      Jenny
      17 Sep 2020
      10:10am

      And holy cow, that Set Jorge playlist is amazing! I never would have found it myself. I’m oddly moved and really grateful to have it, and this wonderful community of people who cheer and recommend. Thanks again, Kim.

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    Nancy
    17 Sep 2020
    10:29am

    Zoom calls with family and friends, reading my favorite blogs (this is number 1 on that list), walks, favorite podcasts, finding a good deal on clothes/shoes I have been stalking haha, Music playlists like Ina Garten Trip to Paris as well as French Jazz.

    However there is one category I need help finding: Cotton lounge wear as well as a cotton robe that BREATHES…for a true size XL or XXL ..help please with any recommendations.

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      Liz
      17 Sep 2020
      11:19am

      Nancy if you find that bathrobe please let me know!

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        Nancy Walsh
        18 Sep 2020
        10:04am

        Will do

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    Carrie P
    17 Sep 2020
    10:30am

    Thanks for this post Kim, I love hearing from others how they are coping and keeping calm. I was foolish to think that there would be a window for me to see my beloved parents before the winter sets in but that is not happening. I keep telling myself to stay strong and keep moving forward (Don Draper quote: “I have a life, and it only goes in one direction: forward.” ). Reading is my main comfort (besides carbs). It has always been a pleasure but now I have so much more time to kick back and chill with a great book. I have a special bookshelf filled with selected books ready to pick from (and of course I keep adding). Music too; loads of variety and lots of instrumental sans vocals which I find more calming. Lyrics get me thinking too much sometimes which often leads to sadness. I also enjoy spending time getting high and re-arranging things around the house. A good cry in the shower is always calming. And when I need a kick in the ass I turn to this: https://www.amazon.ca/Meditations-Marcus-Aurelius/dp/048629823X

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    Helen
    17 Sep 2020
    10:31am

    Based on a recent Byrdie article, I delved into lymphatic drainage massage realm (mainly for its health benefits). I got a jade face roller and gua sha set for my face and neck. I also bought a body brush and body paddle for the rest. I love both types of the massages, but my favorite is the gua sha for my face and neck. It is so relaxing, clears up my sinuses, and noticeably depuffs (especially my eye areas). I’m a convert. But my deepest comfort is when my 3 year old daughter wants to give me a “big hug,” which involves a giggly kiss and a “I love you, Mommy.”

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    Liz
    17 Sep 2020
    10:45am

    I would have said eating in one of our many new outdoor restaurants, but I live in Seattle where we’ve been trapped in the house for over a week due to the insane amounts of smoke, so instead I’ve become obsessed with rock memoirs/bios. I find them comforting because they involve lots of world traveling so they feel like an escape while also reminding me of just how many harmful chemicals humans can ingest and still survive. I read Miss O’Dell (very good), Life (half very good, half kind of dull), and She’s a Rainbow: The Extraordinary Life of Anita Pallenberg (oh my god, so good). I have Marianne Faithfull’s memoir and one about Brian Jones on the way.

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    Papersitter
    17 Sep 2020
    11:44am

    I did a complete 180 on exercise and now I have at least one workout every day that range from Yoga With Adriene to whatever my trainer has scheduled (home workouts) to a 30 day jumprope challenge which I am doing on the sidewalk in front of my apartment here in smoky Oregon. I know it’s a control thing – one thing in my life that I actually have control over – and I feel so good when I check off that box when it’s done. It’s easily as much mental comfort as physically beneficial.
    A couple of weeks ago I ran into the Wake Up/Wind Down podcasts on Spotify – they are 5 – 10 minutes long and Niall Breslin’s voice is so soothing.
    And finally, donuts. I let myself eat one or three on the weekend if I want to.

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    Tahe Z
    17 Sep 2020
    11:46am

    Weirdly enough, checking out the nc.gov site for the daily Covid numbers which have been steadily improving. I’ve been the quiet little cheerleader over here for my state to keep up the good work. I’ve also been listening to a lot of podcasts such as Literally with Rob Lowe- god, he really IS a catch because not only is he still incredibly hot and talented, he’s a really sweet and funny guy. His interview with Caitlyn Jenner got me a bit choked up- and Unspooled with Amy Nicholson and Paul Scheer where they review AFI’s top 100 greatest movies of all time. It’s been on for a couple of years already but I just started it and it’s so entertaining. Of course, I’ve been enjoying the heck out of Everything is Fine, too. I’d love to hear a show with just you and Tally catching up on how you’re both doing these days.

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      Carrie P
      17 Sep 2020
      4:44pm

      I listened to Rob Lowe’s interview on the arm chair expert podcast and he was awesome. I can’t wait to check out his podcast soon… But first I have to catch up on EIF 🙂

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    c.w.
    17 Sep 2020
    11:48am

    Every Sunday afternoon I zoom with four of my college buddies. We laugh and carry on and commiserate for an hour or so. Makes SUCH a difference. I meditate every morning which helps tremendously. Also exercise is key for me. And I take my Betty to the beach every day. I find the ocean soothing––just watching the waves and strolling down the beach makes my depression and anxiety about everything fade away––this year more than ever before. I’ve also had the comfort and pleasure of having my daughter with me pretty much full time since Betty and I arrived in June. We are both single so it’s just us and our dogs ergo we’ve have loads of mother/daughter time––I treasure every moment and take none of it for granted.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    17 Sep 2020
    11:48am

    I’ve been thinking on the items on my list: experimenting with every possible variation of bread pudding(chocolate sourdough was a triumph), Mayorga coffee and herbal tea, 85% dark chocolate, salsa, getting excited about upcoming books (the Norton anthology of Native American poetry!), scented baths and perfume, lipstick and lip balm, music, appreciating exercise, loving the sounds of weather going through our giant oak in the backyard, and most improbably to me, getting into anime on Netflix. Anyway, I realized what lies underneath all those items is the appreciation of remembering that I am a small animal. Right now in the world we, understandably, pay attention to that which is big in scale. But, being a small animal doesn’t meant you’re unimportant. The traits of a small animal are sensory awareness, ingenuity, and adaptability, which are the traits of a creature who will survive.

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      Sara Campbell
      18 Sep 2020
      7:20pm

      Beautifully said. So important to take care of our animal selves.

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    Joannawnyc
    17 Sep 2020
    11:48am

    Music music music. I can recommend the Flow State newsletter (https://flowstate.substack.com/). They have special playlists for paying subscribers. Also taking care to look after my many small physical afflications–the heated eye mask for my chronic dry eyes has really helped to lower my stress (because my eyes DON’T HURT any more! Who knew it could be so simple?) All of this has been VERY NECESSARY as my mom has been in the hospital/short-term rehab for a month and 3 beloved pets have been diagnosed with terminal illness and I enrolled in grad school and there’s a pandemic and the world is on fire. Also, roll-on lavender CBD oil from CBD for Life when I wake up at 3 am and my brain is racing and I can’t quite calm down. https://cbdforlife.us/wellness/rubs-and-roll-ons/ I like to lemongrass for during the day (chronic stiff neck, alas).

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    JDMD
    17 Sep 2020
    11:52am

    Here’s a weird one that’s been oddly helpful this week: rereading “The Long Winter”, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’m also in Seattle, and the smoke blanket has deprived us of the most effective strategies for coping with covid measures: being outdoors and seeing friends from a safe distance. Reading about a family of six surviving six months of relentless prairie blizzards driving them to the brink of starvation, where they are literally burning hay because there’s no wood or coal, eating nothing but potatoes and coarse bread (made from seed wheat that they grind by hand in their manual coffee grinder)…really puts it all into perspective.

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    kimbersam
    17 Sep 2020
    12:06pm

    We’ve been bunny-sitting for a friend. It’s distracting if nothing else. Who knew that rabbits have strong opinions about everything!? I’ve determined that she loves bananas and blueberries and will romp/dance if she thinks it will get her what she wants. I’ve bought her quite a few toys/mats/hanging playthings also and warned my friend that he will be getting a spoiled princess fluff when he gets back.

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    Ann
    17 Sep 2020
    12:25pm

    I have felt so overwhelmed and hopeless through this whole pandemic. I finally decided to drag myself off of the couch and go for regular walks. When I get home, my distance-learning HS senior and I do as much Just Dance as my knees can handle. I dance like an octopus having a raging, violent seizure but I don’t care!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    17 Sep 2020
    12:50pm

    It’s kind of depressing that when I thought about your question, my answer was, “I don’t know.” I wake up every morning with a sense of dread before checking the news of the day, which is usually filled with exactly what I expect: Chaos from the White House. I’m limiting time on my iPad and that’s helped. Like you, exercise is helping, but I’m also having a lot of knee pain and a flare-up of my torn Achilles, so the aftermath can be less than wonderful. I thought of something! Going to the beach and walking along the cliffs watching for whales, dolphins and seals has been something that brings me a great deal of excitement and belief in something bigger than myself. At least nature is still out there, blissfully unaware of the sh*tshow.

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      Francine
      17 Sep 2020
      4:28pm

      Thank goodness for your comment because I thought it was only me. I cannot think of anything that gives me comfort these days! (It used to be retail therapy, but I was laid off 3 weeks ago and have been on a major job hunt, so that’s not helping.) Though that’s a worry for sure, it’s really this Trump shit show that is slowing killing me. I know I’ve aged markedly. I am so worried that he will be re-elected that I don’t know if anything will comfort me aside from him going to jail (sharing a cell with Bill Barr and Lindsey Graham).

      I do eat a lot of ice cream. But I always have, so I don’t think that counts!

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        Jeanne
        17 Sep 2020
        9:52pm

        Oh no Francine! I hadn’t seen you post lately and was thinking of you. I’m with you and MamaV. I couldn’t really think of anything off the top of my head. I was doing better during quarantine and now, I feel like I’m losing it. I need to get back into some rhythm of life again. The Trump stuff is never ending and overwhelming…by design I’m sure. On Election Day, I honestly want to go somewhere farther away like Baja Mexico because I don’t know if I can handle it if he wins. We need to up the Gelson’s Coffee to something stronger. Best of luck on your search.

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          Francine
          20 Sep 2020
          4:49pm

          Yes let’s meet!

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        Mamavalveeta03
        17 Sep 2020
        5:21pm

        Virtual hugs, Francine! ❤️

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      Dana D
      17 Sep 2020
      1:13pm

      Yes…MamaVal…nature…she wants our attention…

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      Viajera
      18 Sep 2020
      1:38pm

      Understandable … so much bad news. I would just mention, it might be good to put some strategies in place bc the election results may not be in for weeks afterwards … (unless there is a huge Dem blowout, which would be awesome). … I only mention this bc for me, managing expectations is part of not going down the spiral. Well, that, and I try to only read news, not watch or listen to it.

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    Stacy
    17 Sep 2020
    1:46pm

    I really hate that my Prime Memberships helps make Jeff Bezos richer but I’ve been watching and doing Jane Fonda’s Original Workout form 1981 and LOVING it. It’s so much faster than yoga but full of some good stretching and reminds me of when we’d do aerobics in gym class. Also, currently binge-watching the Golden Girls which is in fact GOLD.

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      Ramonaquimby
      18 Sep 2020
      11:14pm

      This comment is my favorite.

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    RebeccaToo
    17 Sep 2020
    2:49pm

    Two things that have helped my 14-year old daughter and I…long drives in any direction and service. We volunteer with food distributions and we organised a series of book shares. Kids in Chicago neighborhoods still do not have access to playgrounds, libraries, in-person school…and it really lifts our spirits to be talking to other parents and kids about our shared worries.

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    Holly
    17 Sep 2020
    2:58pm

    My comforts are quite similar to many others here: music, my dogs, almost-daily barre classes in my family room, doing take-out once/week (I love to cook but not so much lately!!). Seeing friends at a safe social distance for walks, drinks and/or dinners in the backyard (theirs or mine) has saved my life. And when I feel panic or anxiety coming on, I tell myself (not always successfully!!): Just get through the next hour. Don’t think beyond that. It usually helps a lot.

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    Tricia
    18 Sep 2020
    11:26am

    Pre-COVID I did a HIIT class at least 4x a week which I loved (for 7 years straight!). It’s offered online but I just can’t get into it. I’ve completely fallen off the exercise wagon which I know is not the right answer. Initially I was baking a lot. I’m still drinking wine, but the baking has decreased…my waistline has expanded into a “donut”. Honestly, I find everything these days depressing. I have friends and family all along the west coast and my heart aches for them. I am home in my beloved NYC which is NOT DEAD but injured like so many places. I just signed up to volunteer for Biden, so hopefully we will have some hope come November.

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      Jenny
      18 Sep 2020
      12:14pm

      I study cities for a living and the “cities are dead” “NYC is dead” narrative is not only factually incorrect, it’s also deeply classist and has a lot of nasty racial undertones, too. I could go on. (In fact I have, and will continue to.) Whenever anyone says “cities are dead,” you can, on the advice of an expert, give them an absolutely withering look and decide never to listen to them again.

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      Carrie P
      18 Sep 2020
      12:15pm

      Hang in there…. the struggle is real. And I can relate to the waistline and wine. As I nurse my hangover. And look forward to the cake I ordered for the weekend.

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    Viajera
    18 Sep 2020
    1:44pm

    Hmm … lots of great ideas here. I am taking notes for sure. Thank you, Kim, and thank you friends!!! I watch a lot of old Perry Mason episodes. I love seeing old LA, and Perry always gets people out of the soup. It’s grand. (I mean, if you can tolerate, um, vintage media, that is.)

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