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2017, what a time to be alive! It’s kind of a little bit like that feeling you get when you’re in a creepy, isolated house with lots of glass windows at nighttime // you don’t want to look outside because it’s terrifying, but also, you should probably do it anyway just in case there is a psychopathic murderer standing in the woods. A REAL SOPHIE’S CHOICE, Y’KNOW?! It’s enough to drive any decent human being mad, so we’ve decided to ask friends and other cool people to give their two cents on how to remedy the insanity with self-care, whether it’s through YouTube videos, pictures of puppies, pizza…WHATEVER! 

We’ll kick things off today with yours truly, Megan Burns, BYT NYC Editor and inhabitant of Brooklyn! I’ve personally been finding it tough as nails not to get bogged down in the post-election shit storm, but several things have helped me to feel momentarily less stressed out.

For starters, BREAKFAST! I’m not one of those breakfast-obsessed people who fought long and hard to get an Egg McMuffin ’round the clock at McDonald’s. I don’t DISLIKE IT, I have just generally found little joy in it since I usually wake up and get straight into ye olde interwebs. Now, though, I’ve put breakfast at the top of my to-do list, because I find that it’s the one and only time of day where I don’t have to look into the cold, dead eyes of America LOL! So I fix myself something dope, like avocado toast or egg tacos w/ Tapatio or Nutella porridge, and I make some espresso, and then I sit and either listen to music, watch mindless YouTube videos, and/or do something that’s analog-creative like drawing. I build in anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour for this time depending on when I wake up; then I feel sufficiently armored to take on the perma-scaries, and I can move about my day.

I also belong to a “dog book club”, which is not an actual book club, but is an Instagram group that encourages members to forward cute dog photos to everybody should they come across gems. I get two or three of these in my inbox a day, and they are v. morale-boosting.

Additionally helpful things: this video of the greatest Antiques Roadshow human of all time, this gibbon being afraid of a mouse, the GBBO Christmas Special, and the fact that Simone Biles is an American who rules so hard: