By Charmaine Lim, SBM Editor-in-Chief
The weather might not be able to make up its mind, but you can pick a de-stressor from our easy list of suggestions.
Read The Marvels by Brian Selznick.
Selznick is widely known as an artist and writer who revolutionized the world of graphic novels. The Marvels explores the history of the Marvels, a family of theatre performers who have produced generations of famous actors. When the end of their story gets lost, a young boy is determined to figure out how it ends and if he is also part of their story.
Listen to Only the Young by Taylor Swift.
Written and released as an exclusive song for her documentary, Swift wrote this after breaking her silence over politics. Wanting to empower the next generation of voters, Swift uses her large platform and catchy lyrics to encourage younger people to stand up and make a difference for the things they belive in. Though the song is not innately political, it is a call to action that younger generations can take to heart.
Watch Totally Spies.
There’s something comforting about watching old TV shows, especially when they feature characters that also age along with us. Totally Spies follow three high school girls who become spies for WOOHP, an organization that tries to stop villains before they begin. Which each new assignment, the girls deal with some crazy antics and learn what it means to operate as best friends and a team.
Watch Miss Americana.
Yes, we are recommending Taylor Swift’s documentary to go along with her song. Released in January 2020, the documentary follows Swift as she recounts how she became famous and how that affected her as she grew older. It also gives context to some of her life experiences as she makes music, falls in love and builds her career. Whether you’re a fan or not, the inside look at her life adds to a recent growth in celebrities opening up about the realities of their life.
Take deep breaths.
It sounds weird but sometimes all you need is to take a few deep breaths. Focusing on your breath can allow your brain to calm down and step away from everything that stresses you out. Something as simple as setting a timer for two minutes, closing your eyes and breathing deeply doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, but could be enough to make a big difference in your mood.