Self Care in 5 Easy Steps

These times, these times.  We will look back and know that these were the times that changed everything.  The moment is now, but don’t let that stop you from taking a moment to reconnect with the now inside of you.

These times are hard: if you’re woke and paying attention, each day brings its own two-day sized dose of pain and heartache.  The good news is that that feeling that you’re feeling is a side effect of revolution.  But while you wait for the revolution to not be televised, how do you keep from dissolving into a puddle of woke up tears and anger?  Smntks has a few tips to keep you in the struggle, no matter how real it gets.

Breathe: the first go to for some chill is surrounding that big heart of yours.  Use those lungs to expel the poisonous energy we drink when we engage in spiritual battle with injustice.  There’s a  reason that yogis, sufi and puppies all expel breathe to reach maximum zen.

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The conscious regulation of your breath calms your mind and floods your body with what it needs to make it to the next breath.  String those breaths together and wha-la you’re meditating.  Meditation is shown to increase all kinds of good things without the side effects of oh say Xanax and wine.  Most importantly, give us a big dose of connection and empathy that can help us love our way through this crazy world. So take a breath–one that fills your lungs until you feel your own potential, and then push it out with all the fight I know you have in spades.  Take five minutes of breaths. Take 500.  They’re free.

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Disconnect: You’re conscious.  Me too.  We’re not alone in this fight.  It’s okay for you to take a break from the battlefield.  There are a million of us here, so when you feel like you can’t take it anymore you have permission to exit, stage left, until you’re ready to reload. Sometimes the pressure–and the injustice itself makes us feel like we can never rest, but that is a sure recipe for failure.  Shut off your media for a few days–studies say a three-day media detox can help you feel more balanced.  Time away from the struggle can also help us remember what it is we are fighting for.

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Find something nice to look at:  What is your favorite thing to see?  Kitties? Beaches? laughing children holding balloons?  Go seek those things out and fill your eyes as deeply as you’ve filled your lungs.  Research show that just looking at a large body of water can reset your inner workings. Besides, if eyes are the window to the soul, then our windows have surely been tainted by all we have been witnessing these last years.  Clean your window with beautiful visions.  Somewhere in your soul must reside the template of the utopic world you want to make.  Every once in while, recharge that vision.

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Make something:  Fighting chaos and destruction can make us lose our way from the creator inside of us.  Making something beautiful–whether it is a sock or a meal or an arrangement of flowers–can remind us of the power we have to complete copacetic constructions.  Craft projects, unlike race and class, are constructions that you can control on your own.  Making something–sock or society–is a process: slaying at the micro process of crafting will have you ready to slay the bigger beast of social process.  You also might make something awesome for the battlefield!

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Reconnect:  Family and friends are not just for Facebook.  Go see people that you love and who love you.  Touch them (appropriately, please, unless they’re into it!), talk to them. look at how awesome the people that you know are.  Ask the kids in your life about the future–and believe them.  Talk about springtime, and spaceships and the time you laughed so hard milk came out of your nose. Give them something you made, and let them give you some love so you can top off for the next time the struggle gets too real.

These times, these times.  We will look back and know that these were the times that changed everything.  The moment is now, but don’t let that stop you from taking a moment to reconnect with the now inside of you.  We need you–yes, you– to be a healthy conscious happy warrior for justice.  So take a break.  The fight will be here when you get back.

P.S. If you make something post a pic in the comments and I’ll share it out!

More Ball, Less Boobs: SMNTKS Super Bowl Ad Review

Getting those snacks ready for tomorrow?  Don’t forget your pad and pencil for scoring a full card of million-dollar commercials.  Make sure you are the master of water cooler chat with this smntks primer on the slate of ads.  What’s going to be hot?

Puppies!!

Yup, soft, fuzzy bouncy bundles of joy–everybody loves ’em, even big boy advertiser Budweiser who will feature a sweet, sweet blonde golden retriever for family friendly brand buzz without the typical T and A you might expect from the Super Bowl.  With an increase in customer push back on inappropriate ads, puppies are as safe as blue chip stock.  Budweiser’s already enjoyed lots of pre game buzz with this ad, and with the cute butt in this ad it’s sure to get shared long after the game is done.

Super First Timers

Several advertisers from brand new and old will be making their first appearance at the big game.  Cheerios, covered here, and Heinz make their first appearance despite over century combined in business and newbie tech company Squarespace will join them with a horror-themed spot that will make you rethink browsing.

Drives off the Field

Eating up lots of commercial time, car companies will be wowing us with adventures thrilling and bizarre.  Volkswagen’s angels, Jaguar’s spies, Hyundai’s super dad and the muppets all make a play for car lovers’ cache.

Whole Lotta Love

There are fewer super sexual ads, but that doesn’t mean love is off limits.  Axe, Chobani and Chevy all rev up the love meter.  Don’t expect any kind of rom-com you’re used to.  Dictator’s gone lovestruck, yogurt stains and a bull in the mood for love make these ads more funny or strange than flirty.

Without a fratboy’s-eye-view of the ladies scheduled for tomorrow, smntks is looking forward to some good football.  And the ads–are you likely to surface from the Super Bowl with a shopping list?  Probably not–these big day ads are all about growing our warm fuzzy feelings for featured brands.  Don’t expect the hard sell with tomorrow’s ads, but with all the money and eyeballs, you’ll definitely have some ads worth talking about for your Monday morning quarterbacking.