Fighting Anxiety, March 2017 Edition

Well, this week has been a bit of a blogging (and writing) bust. My good old friend anxiety has decided to make an appearance, and nothing is getting done.

So, instead of any thoughts on feminism and fiction-writing, here are a few of the things I’ve been using to help soothe my anxiety over the past few days. If you’re feeling anxious right now, maybe one of these will help you too. ūüôā

Stardew Valley

I have returned to my lovely farm in Stardew Valley after several months away. This game is the spiritual successor of Harvest Moon, an adorable farming sim with bonus exploring and monster-slaying and artefact collecting, and omg, it is so calming to play.¬†It’s fall of year 3 for me, we just had a new baby goat called Gertrude, and I’m running around forcing my neighbors to accept endless gifts of strawberries so that¬†we can be best friends and I can get an achievement.

A Night in the Woods

I am love love¬†loving watching Jacksepticeye’s Let’s Play of this game. It’s a meandering narrative game about a girl called Mae, who just moved home to small town Possum Springs after dropping out of college, and it’s all about friendship and figuring out who you are and possibly also ghosts. It’s incredibly well-written and beautifully animated, and the voices Jack¬†does while playing it are¬†so good. I’d buy the game to play myself, because I looove it, but I’m so attached to Jack’s¬†voices and commentary that it just wouldn’t be the same.

Seriously, this is turning out to be¬†of my favorite Let’s Play series ever, up there with Undertale,¬†so I really recommend it if you’re looking for something long and engaging and soothing to watch.

The La La Land soundtrack

There’s just something really motivating about listening to¬†Another Day of Sun,¬†even if it is dull¬†and grey in England right now.

Meraki Candles

I’ve been using a lot¬†of candles and fairy lights over the past couple of days, and my favorite right now are the book-themed¬†Meraki Candles that a friend gave me for Christmas. The Etsy shop is closed right now, so I can’t link to the exact scents I’m loving, but my favorite is¬†Starfall, a jasmine-y candle inspired by¬†A Court of Mist and Fury. I highly recommend!

Logging Off

I really need to write a longer blog post about my experiments in reducing my tech use, in an attempt to reduce my anxiety. But I’ve been trying very, very hard to stay mostly offline the past few days, beyond the required email checks and work attempts. My laptop lives in my desk drawer when I’m not working, my Smartphone is turned off, and… I think it’s helping. It’s so much easier to remember how to breathe when you step back from the never-ending onslaught of the digital world for a while. So that, I think, is what I’m going to do right now. All the work and stress can wait until Monday. Or until tomorrow, at the very least.

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