It’s important to stay informed, but for my own already-fragile anxiety, being too informed isn’t productive. My solution: I’ve put myself on a news diet. I’m trying my best to only check in on what’s happening a couple of times a day, so I can spend the rest of the time present, working and taking care of myself and my family. I’m relying on the New York Times
’ Morning Briefing
for overnight and AM news, and The Atlantic Daily
newsletter for afternoon updates. I’m reading books before bed
that take me far, far away from our current state of affairs, which I’m convinced is helping me fall asleep faster.
– Amy Cassell, manager, digital content
Normally I’m not a stressy person, but this situation is anything but normal. Our teenage kids are home (and constantly hungry) and we have multiple Zoom sessions occurring concurrently at different corners of our house, from work meetings and online classes to happy (and unhappy) hours and coffee meetups. Needless to say, I need a moment or two for myself. I’ve been breaking away midday for two-mile walks and also cooking quite a bit, especially dishes that remind us of our past travels (Greek salad, for example, dressed with olive oil we brought home from Santorini). Nightly me-time calls for binge-watching and baths infused with lavender oil I purchased in Provence.
– Melanie Fowler, design director