My dear lovelies, I hope you are hanging in there. Truth be told, I am… not. There will be a few minutes where my mind will be like “oh, maybe we’ll be okay” and then two seconds later it’s like “just kidding, this is a complete mess and it absolutely will not be okay, thanks for playing”. So, while I am not seeking to normalize (please, guys, never normalize) or pretend that anything is “fine”, I do think that self-care is so important. Maybe more than ever. You know the airplane thing where you have to make sure your own oxygen mask is secure before helping others? Yeah. You need to be okay to fight the good fight.
So, to that end, I have been trying to come up with some ways for me- and you, of course!- to take care of ourselves, bookishly. Since that is sort of our thing, yes? Hopefully, these will help get you started, and maybe you can think of some others to share with the class!
1. Reading (Shocking, Right?)
So, I know this sounds fairly obvious. But sometimes it is hard to read certain books when you aren’t in the right frame of mind. So read whatever you want! Re-read some old favorites, find the fluffiest of fluffy contemporaries, or, if you like a good cathartic cry, go ahead and read a tearjerker. You know what you need in the feels department, so have at it!
2. Watch a Book-to-Movie
Sometimes you just don’t feel like reading. Your heart isn’t in it, you’re feeling too down and books are too heavy, whatever. (Seriously though, I am reading Crooked Kingdom right now and all I can think is “why you so heavy, my arms hurt”.) So you might just want to watch a movie, tune out for a few hours. That is okay! I personally almost exclusively watch book-to-movies. Because I don’t care about anything else. Here’s a few to get you started!
I won’t even pretend to have seen all of these- and I needed the help of Amber to complete both this, and number three, for I fail at movies and TV.
3. Bookish TV Binges
Or, maybe you want a full on binge. Sometimes it’s good to binge watch. I mean, I haven’t done it in years, you can blame my small humans, but it sounds fabulous. You know I am going to recommend The 100, right? Here’s a clip in case you forgot how awesome it is:
There are other bookish shows, too! I mean, I don’t really care about them (though I did try with a handful!) maybe you will have better luck! And someday, I will watch Game of Thrones, when I can afford HBO or something. Or it comes to Amazon Prime. Or I pony up and buy the DVDs, who’s to say?
4. Organize your bookshelves
“But that sounds like work, Shannon”. Well, in theory, yes. But if you are just mindlessly trying to make books look pretty on display? Not so much! It’s quite comforting, somehow. I did this the other day, just rearranging, and it gave my mind a task, plus I got to look at and touch all my books. I went back to alphabetical by author because I needed some sense amidst the chaos.
Sense in an otherwise senseless universe, perhaps?
5. Book-Themed Coloring Books
Coloring is so therapeutic! And now, thanks to a ridiculous overabundance of coloring books, you can color all your favorite series! I don’t have my official The Hunger Games one yet, but that’s okay. I have a very fun Fierce Reads one, and a knock-off THG, not that I actually color in any of them, but in theory it sounds splendid.
I had one about unicorns too but it’s missing. I bet Val stole it, along with Max.
6. Read blogs/talk to bookish friends
I would have lost my actual mind without the bookish community this past week or so. Find your friends, talk to them, visit their blogs and cheer them up , too. It’s the little things. Plus, they will probably rage with you if you want to rage, laugh with you if you want to laugh, or cry with you if you want to cry. You need your people.
7. Create stuff!
I like to make GIFs of The 100. I don’t do it as much as I’d like, but still. I also want to make some bookish (and yes, The 100) quotes and such, just… nice things, hopeful things to look at. Val did this, and I am now inspired extra. I only have ever made one thing, but I was kind of proud even though my friends thought it was dumb:
8. Write like you’re running out of time.
I feel like it is never too late to start NaNo, right? Well okay, maybe it is sometime (like, December?), but it is never too late to channel some of your energy into writing, if you so desire! If you plunk at your keyboard hard enough, you can imagine you are poking undesirable orange men in the eyeball or something. And hey, who knows, you might end up with one hell of a story!
9. Take a bubble bath
This might not sound bookish, but hear me out! You can read in the bath. See, now you are clean, moderately relaxed, and have read something. I suggest a magazine, or a paperback that you can cheaply replace, of course.
10. Sleep, and have bookish dreams. Or not.
We need to sleep. I need to sleep. I should be sleeping instead of writing this post. Or reading. The more I think about it, Number 10 here is probably just a way for me to wrap this up and go to bed. You should, too 😉