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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 the hugely talented Mari Andrew! Here’s what this DC-based illustrator suggests:

When I’m feeling insane, it’s usually because I feel out of control of my own self, so I try to remember the things about me that no one else can control or take away. Like, when I get criticized or rejected in my work life, I remember that I draw because I love it and it makes me happy–no one can criticize or reject my happiness.
And, during these uncertain times in our dear country, I remember the things nobody can vote against (see attached illustration). I remember that, despite all the uncertainty, there are things about us as a country and us as individuals that won’t go away with Obama. We will always be a country of fabulous music and excessive donut adornments, for example. I don’t THINK Trump can take that away.
On a personal level, I remember the things about me that won’t change on Inauguration Day, and I remember that by putting things on my agenda that make me feel most like myself: going dancing at Tropicalia, listening to Chance the Rapper’s cover of the Arthur theme song, wearing overalls, having almond lattes with a wise calm friend, taking a ridiculous trip to Portugal in search of calamari and beautiful men, drinking Lambrusco, spraying on Le Labo Limette 37 perfume, listening to a funny podcast while eating breakfast (Who Weekly is my favorite), watching turtleneck-centric romantic comedies, and painting pointless pictures while sitting on my little yellow couch. Try it!