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Destressing with Li’l D

This morning, I woke up with a sense of enthusiasm I haven’t felt upon awakening in months.

(I’m a morning person, to be clear. Historically, I’m up and singing at 4 a.m.)

I told my husband, Anthony, that it felt weird but welcome.

Two hours after wondering aloud about the “why,” it hit me: I didn’t spend all day peeking at news on Twitter!

Instead of compulsively tracking news worth following, I took my seven-year-old, Li’l D, to a DSA-LA meeting. We could only stay for an hour, but I felt more hopeful after that meeting than I’ve felt in months.

(We need each other, y’all. There’s joy in each other!)

Afterward, D and I had lunch before catching The King and I at Hollywood’s The Pantages. We then snuggled throughout the show, except when D was rapt (and thus less wiggly) during its retelling of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.


Shirley Temples are serious business

Afterward, he got a donut–bringing his sugar intake for the day to approximately a cubic buttload–and we talked the whole slow drive home.

Why did I awaken feeling refreshed this morning, then? I spent yesterday connecting with people in the physical world, destressing instead of distressing myself.

I can only imagine I’ll awaken tomorrow feeling similarly refreshed if I do the same today.

It’s worth a shot, anyway!

  1. December 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I love it! We all need to feel more physically connected to people and cubic butt-load.. awesome word!

  2. December 19, 2016 at 4:52 am

    The benefit you felt here is why I have a zero-electronics Sunday. Destressing is a necessity.

  3. December 19, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Yes!! There ought to be a nation-wide media blackout day at least once a week. We all need it.

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