When literally everything feels like a source of anxiety and you don’t have time to examine any real solutions to your problems because you’re stuck in front of a screen 19 hours a day, slowing down for some self-care is of utmost importance. “Self-care” just means showing yourself you care, and in my family we show we care with cheap indulgences that feel good in the moment but make things worse in the long run. And for some reason they all involve consuming large amounts of garbage.
Anxiety: Political angst
Solution: Hot dog from the corner store
Refreshing Twitter over and over for hours doesn’t make environmental-protection legislation happen. Sometimes the best thing to do is to go outside, see that the world is still turning, and find some local business to support. The 7-Eleven on the corner counts as local, right? Their awful food will remind you that you are incapable of even mildly responsible decisions about your own body, let alone figure out how to prevent impending natural disasters. Takes the pressure off!
Anxiety: Social anxiety at a party
Solution: Herbed goat cheese and rice crackers
Junk food isn’t really junk food unless you eat a lot of it. Stand next to the cheese platter and don’t stop until your body is 40 percent herbed goat cheese. And don’t think you’re finished just because you’ve depleted the current supply. In all likelihood, someone will replenish it and you can get back to work.
Anxiety: You’ve just discovered something extremely annoying about yourself that has always been true and, in a panic, you recall scenes from the last 30 years in a kind of “putting things together” sequence while thinking, “No, no, no.”
Solution: Cheeseless pizza from Little Caesars
You want to torment your body but don’t think you deserve any pleasure, so you come to the horrific compromise of eating something that tastes terrible and is still bad for you. It might initially seem like a lose-lose but it’s actually a big WIN for your self-fulfilling prophecy that everything is, and always will be, terrible.
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