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A Huge Pikachu Phone Case Was My Unexpected Solution to Professional Dread

Pikachu turned a depressing professional and social crutch into a joy—a small (and, okay, mostly useless) act of defiance.
Clio Chang
2 days ago
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'Animal Crossing' Reminds Me to Look After Myself—Not Just My Avatar

Some of my goals are made simpler when I don’t think of myself as a human body, but as a player in a game.
Larissa Pham
4.15.19
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Screaming to Pop Music on Drives Saves Me From the Hell That Is My Mind

All I need is Dua Lipa, my car, and maybe a vape, and I can pull myself out of a spiral over a girl not texting me back.
Jill Gutowitz
4.8.19
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Meghan Markle's Relationship With Her Dad Makes Me Feel Better About My Own

My father wasn’t at my wedding, either.
Veronica Walsingham
4.2.19
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Dyeing My Hair Rainbow Colors Will Never Make Me 'Less Asian'

Rather than my race, my hair became what people recognized and distinguished me by. But as my white friends began to accept me, I realized that my acceptance of myself was suffering.
Michelle Zhu
3.25.19
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Karaoke Is Most Fun When It's Also Depressing

I never intended for karaoke to be a method of self-care or whatever, but when I think back to my peak karaoke-going days in 2016, when I went almost every week...yeah, I suppose something was up.
Jinnie Lee
3.18.19
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Making Collages Is a Way of Putting Myself Together

When I'm done cutting and pasting, I feel like my ideas have value.
Laia Garcia
3.11.19
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Watching 'Jeopardy!' Every Night Keeps Me From Clawing at the Walls

"Jeopardy!" reminds me that the history of the world is so much bigger than our meatloaf-brained president or Facebook giving away everyone's data like free orange chicken samples in a mall food court.
Gabby Noone
3.4.19
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The Stressed-Out Party Girl's Guide to Gardening

I wasn’t going to wake up with the taste of stale liquor in my mouth the next day. My Uber bills weren’t going to haunt me for being a complete fuckhead dashing from one party to another. In the garden, I was free to roam.
Caitlin Turner
2.25.19
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FaceTiming My Loved Ones Is Like Basic Emotional Hygiene

I brush my teeth and FaceTime at least two times a day.
Jasmine Sanders
2.19.19
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How My Phone Saved Me From Feeling Like a Constant Failure

Making an endless to-do list made me feel like a failure—until an iPhone app helped me see the difference between taking out the trash and tackling my bigger life goals.
Crissy Milazzo
2.11.19
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When I'm Freaking Out, Cooking Calms Me Down

When I start to feel panicky, frying up an egg and throwing it on a bowl of gnocchi helps me through it.
Marie Lodi
2.4.19
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