25 things to try when everything is awful

Today, this week, this month, this year, this decade, this century is tough, huh? Here are 25 things that I find helpful when the 2020 2021 2022 of everything feels overwhelming.

Maybe you can try some, or think of your own list to keep in your back pocket for days when, let’s be real, everything is shit.

A woman looks through some open curtains to sunshine. She has her back to us and is silhouetted against the light.
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Every item on this list comes with “…if possible” after it – I don’t know your life.

Consult this checklist

Go for a long walk with a podcast

Go for a long walk without a podcast

Watch Gilmore Girls

Watch Schitts Creek

Watch The O.C.

Reread your favourite book

Read a new book

Draw a picture

Colour something in

Write in a diary

Write a story

Text a friend

Look out of the window and imagine what is happening in a parallel universe

Cuddle a cat

Cuddle a dog

Cuddle a person

Go for a run

Dance around your room to a song from your teens


Take a pilates class on YouTube

Make a paper aeroplane

Bake these ridiculously easy cookies

Look at a plant

Think of 25 things that are better than thinking about everything else

Author: Jodie Manning

Hello! My pronouns are she/her and I am an enthusiastic opinion-haver, mostly-amateur writer, once-published poet, and the person who makes 99% of the Taylor Swift references on The Phase.

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