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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! 

Today’s sanity advice comes from BYT writer Trisha Brown! Here’s what she says:

Trying to keep up with all of the horrifying news stories that pop up these days is like the world’s shittiest game of whack-a-mole. To beat back the bullshit that keeps materializing, one needs a pretty serious foam mallet. Or a bunch of them. Here’s what I’m using:

  • “A Closer Look” segments from Seth Meyers and Late Night and all of the segments from Samantha Bee and Full Frontal. These kids do their homework, the clips are free on YouTube, and it makes me feel like I’m not alone in thinking the news is batshit crazy.
  • Books. The best example is a collection of essays, poems, short stories called The Impossible Will Take a Little While. Edited by Paul Rogat Loeb, the central theme is how people – people like John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Dan Savage, and Maya Angelou – continue to fight the good fight even when things are rough. It’s both calming and inspiring.
  •  Season 6 of Parks & Recreation. Season 6 was never my favorite season of Parks & Rec. It bugged me for the same reason it’s now keeping me sane: Leslie gets recalled from a position she’s great at and which she’s worked for her whole life. People are terrible and it’s total bullshit. But everything still works out fine. It’s fiction, but it’s all I have.
  • Changing my sheets. Not because I’ve been crying myself to sleep or waking up drenched in a cold sweat, but just because there has never been a time when I needed to feel better that changing my sheets didn’t help at least a little. Never underestimate the restorative power of crisp, clean bedding.