Structure and Focus your Way Through This

  1. Make a list! List making is so good. When it’s particularly overwhelming add details to your list such as: Make Coffee with the HOT water. Try Bullet Journaling if you really want to expand your list making. Or just make a numbered list of what needs to get done in the day. Trust. Some of us are getting through this one day at a time!
  2. Do something to help someone else. In times of distress, it always helps when I can focus my attention on someone that might need something. Does someone need a handwritten letter? A piece of art you made for them? I sent my sister some candy today because I know how she loves M&M’s. Now is not the time to stress about cellulite. This is engage and persist time!
  3. Read something light and easy. We don’t have to consume every little bit of the news cycle. It’s depleting us (per the point of authoritarianism). Read a romance novel or read the comics or something super trashy. Let me call up Roxanne Gay here “Be a Bad Feminist” and go enjoy some trashy novels. Try Jasmine Guillory books (I highly defend her works as not trashy though). Rountinize your reading time so your body can find comfort in the consistency.
Jasmine Guillory (I hope I get to meet her sometime)

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Mariah Rankine-Landers

Mariah Rankine-Landers

Mariah Rankine-Landers, Ed.M co-leads Studio Pathways for transformative school and organizational change that centers the cultural and contemporary arts.