Happy election day to all my US friends! When I was planning out this post, I was trying to come up with a topic that combined books and politics to stay ~on-theme~ with election day. But here’s the thing: I’m probably the last person you should look to for political information.
Instead, let’s talk about something we all desperately need this year: self-care. Because I cast my vote with an absentee ballot a few weeks ago, I’m taking election day pretty easy. At this point, what’s happening will happen and I’m going to rest. That means logging off and doing things that make me feel content.
Here are a few forms of self-care for bookworms.
Reread a book you loved when you were younger.
Returning to a childhood narrative that you loved can be so comforting and engaging. I think these books are the purest form of escapism; perfect for 2020, am I right? You also know how the plot will unfold, so you can just enjoy the story. My favorites are Heist Society by Ally Carter and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
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Watch a movie.
As a lover of stories, try changing up the format through which you receive your stories. Watching a movie can be a great way to enjoy a narrative in a more relaxed form. My comfort movies are Pride & Prejudice and the live-action Cinderella remake.
Reorganize your bookshelf.
In moments of stress, I’ve found that freshening up my space can be really helpful. Try sorting your books by genre, color, or rating.
Go on a walk.
Walking around your neighborhood or exploring somewhere new can give you a fresh perspective. It’ll also give you a little exercise, which will probably boost your mood. I recommend picking out an audiobook on Libro.fm to keep you company.
Make a playlist for your favorite book.
If you need a break from reading but still want to get the experience of your favorite story, turn to music. Sort through your Spotify and make a playlist inspired by your favorite book or character.
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Log off of your social media.
When I’m consistently on social media, I don’t spend a lot of time reading. Try turning off your phone and taking a break from your devices. If a total detox is too anxiety-inducing, try logging out of only one of your social media accounts.
What are your favorite forms of self-care for bookworms?