We're asking the Playa community to share their "new normal" given the current international climate. Bethany Schrock (@bethcath) is an art director, photographer, and artist, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here are her self-care essentials, and what she's reading and listening to this week:
Eat: Trying one new recipe a day (I made this yesterday and it was amazing).
Drink: Oat milk matcha. We've got a nice little coffee machine set up and we can make fun drinks at home. Thank goodness.
Self-Care: Playa Healing Hair Masque, Drunk Elephant F-Balm™ Electrolyte Waterfacial, SUMMER FRIDAYS CC Me Vitamin C Serum, BITE BEAUTY Agave+ Daytime Vegan Lip Balm, the Prism Facemask by Herbivore Botanicals.
Wellness: The Calm and Headspace app for meditation and sleep stories. Facetiming a friend once a day. Taking my pup for a walk daily, if not twice a day.
Movie: Little Women, Edge of Seventeen, Ratatouille, Beautiful Boy
TV Show: Greys Anatomy, Kitchen Nightmares (when I need something light), Law & Order SVU
Read: The Idiot by Elif Batuman, Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Smile: The meme content right now is pretty remarkable. @SaintHoax is a good source of humor.
Podcasts: Crime Junkie, The Daily, Cat People, Dear Sugars, Getting Curious with Jonathan Vaness, Hidden Brain, Swindled.
Sanity: Honestly, my dog and husband. Boy Smells candles around the house. Good sweats (I love Richer Poorer's loungewear). Journalling.
Family: Facetime and phone calls. Using the Marco Polo app.
Inspiration: Honestly, intentionally unplugging and not looking for a screen for a certain amount of time. Being outside. Watching the light change throughout the day in my home (something I've never appreciated before). Going for walks and seeing the architecture of the aged 1800's homes around me.