Mental Health

Actual Rest

Quoted your attention by Anne Helen Petersen (Culture Study)

This is the Sunday edition of Culture Study — the newsletter from Anne Helen Petersen, which you can read about here. If you like it and want more like it in your inbox, consider subscribing. Was your Sunday as weird as mine? I got the election news on Saturday morning after a night of still bad-sleep, spent the day only kinda believing, did a bit of crying and a bit of celebrating during the speeches, then woke up to a massive emotional and physical hangover on Sunday morning.

I remain convinced that heart of “self-care” is not pampering, per se, or spending lots of money — but giving yourself permission to listen to yourself about what will actually feel like rest and respite. Not what other people tell you rest should look like. Actual rest, which is to say, your rest, which might not be recognizable as such to others.

Anne Helen Petersen

Listening to my body and giving it what it wants is hard but I’ll keep working on it because it’s worth it to take care of myself.

I’ve been spending some time just laying around literally doing nothing to give myself time to think and process and relax — and not be taking in any more new information.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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