A Mental Health Self Care List In The Time of Quarantine From Photographer, Food Stylist and Recipe Developer, Julia Gartland

We've asked women across the country how they are managing to care for their mental health during the quarantine. Check back daily for lists and suggestions from voices we know and trust.
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Julia Gartland is a photographer, food stylist and recipe developer living in Brooklyn. In full transparency, we have known and loved her for years. Julia's wise, honest and a true talent. We trust her recipes implicitly and initially inquired about culinary suggestions for self isolating times. To our surprise and excitement, she had created a list of things to keep her fed, yes, but centered, sane, and ideally content during this difficult and anything-but-certain period. 

In her own words, "I have found so much solace making this list. It’s a small something I can put my anxious energy into to care for both myself and my loved ones. I highly suggest others personalize their own list (or add to mine) with what works for them. Even though, ironically, I feel too anxious and scattered to do very much each day, so far, I’ve restarted my sourdough starter, made bread, and danced it out to Billie Eilish." 

QUARANTINE SELF CARE

  • COOKING (MAKE A SOUP, STEW, BRAISE, ETC)
  • BAKING (MAKE BREAD, MAKE DESSERT, MUFFINS, SNACK BREAD, SOMETHING FUN)
  • READING (FICTION, NON-FICTION, ARTICLES, POETRY)
  • AUDIOBOOKS
  • MAKE THEMED PLAYLISTS (MINE: @SASSYKITCHEN)
  • BULLET / ART JOURNALING
  • DRAWING / PAINTING (GOUACHE, WATERCOLOR, ETC.)
  • TAKE ONE WALK A DAY
  • WORKOUT OR MOVE BODY 1X/DAY
  • STRETCHING / FOAM ROLLING
  • MEDITATION / DEEP BREATHING / MINDFULNESS
  • WATCHING ALL THE MOVIES
  • WATCHING ALL THE SHOWS
  • FACETIME FAMILY / FRIENDS / COUSINS / AUNTS + UNCLES / NIECES + NEPHEWS
  • FACETIME DATES W/ FRIENDS (W/ WINE - MAKE IT A DATE!)
  • CHECK IN WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY, ELDERLY DAILY
  • JOURNALING YOUR FEELINGS
  • ORGANIZING (UNDER SINKS, PANTRY, ETC)
  • NOWNESS VIDEOS (ESP. IN RESIDENCE SERIES)
  • MAKE OR REVIVE SOURDOUGH STARTER (BAKE BREAD!)
  • YOUTUBE COOKING VIDEOS
  • HAND LETTERING TUTORIALS
  • HOME MANICURE / PEDICURE
  • FACE MASKS, EXFOLIATE BODY (make natural exfoliant w/ oil + sugar)
  • CLEANING / TIDYING
  • MAKE INSPIRING PINTEREST BOARDS (HERE ARE MINE)
  • LOOK AT BEAUTIFUL MILLION DOLLAR APARTMENTS ON STREETEASY
  • CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET
  • DONATE $$ TO YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS/FOOD BANKS/ANIMAL SHELTERS, ETC.
  • RE-READ ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS
  • NAME YOUR PLANTS / TALK TO THEM
  • SING YOUR FAVORITE SONG RIGHT NOW
  • WATCH OLD MUSIC VIDEOS (BEYONCE, MARIAH CAREY, JANET JACKSON, ETC)
  • PUT ON YOUR HYPE SONG AND DANCE IT OUT
  • WATCH AND/OR DO MAKEUP TUTORIALS (LISA ELDRIDGE, PIXIWOO)
  • SELF PRACTICE CREATIVITY ONLINE WORKSHOP
  • SELF PRACTICE “SELF TALK” WORKSHOP
  • HOME PROJECTS (HANGING PHOTOS, REARRANGING FURNITURE, ETC.)
  • SEND SOMEONE YOU LOVE A LETTER

RECOMMENDATIONS

TELEVISION:

  • I’M NOT OKAY WITH THIS (NETFLIX)
  • THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD (NETFLIX)
  • SEX EDUCATION (NETFLIX)
  • HINTERLAND (NETFLIX)
  • BETTER THINGS (HULU)
  • KILLING EVE (AMAZON PRIME)
  • GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF (ALL SEASONS, NETFLIX)
  • CHEER (NETFLIX)
  • SUCCESSION (HBO GO)
  • FLEABAG (AMAZON PRIME)
  • DEAD TO ME (NETFLIX)
  • MADMEN (NETFLIX)
  • HIGH MAINTENANCE (HBO GO)
  • BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO GO)
  • CRASHING (NETFLIX)
  • BABYLON BERLIN (NETFLIX)
  • LOVE IS BLIND (NETFLIX)
  • THE SOPRANOS (HBO GO)
  • SEINFELD RERUNS (HULU)
  • GREYS ANATOMY RERUNS (HULU + NETFLIX)
  • SVU RERUNS (HULU)
  • THE OFFICE RERUNS (NETFLIX)
  • PARK & REC RERUNS (NETFLIX)
  • GILMORE GIRLS RERUNS (NETFLIX)
  • SATC RERUNS (NETFLIX)

MOVIES:

  • THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
  • IT’S COMPLICATED
  • BEGINNERS
  • 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
  • CABARET
  • PARIS IS BURNING
  • THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
  • BILL CUNNINGHAM DOCUMENTARY
  • PARIS (W/ JULIETTE BINOCHE)
  • WILD AT HEART
  • THE FAMILY STONE
  • JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI
  • SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE
  • UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
  • YOU’VE GOT MAIL
  • THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
  • THE BEFORE SUNRISE SERIES
  • NOTTING HILL
  • BRIDESMAIDS
  • SISTER ACT 1 + 2
  • VOLVER
  • PARIS, TEXAS
  • THE FAVOURITE
  • IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
  • FARGO
  • A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
  • BURN AFTER READING
  • PHANTOM THREAD
  • PURPLE RAIN
  • THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
  • DOGTOOTH

HOME WORKOUTS

MADFIT

HEATHER ROBERTSON

FITNESS BLENDER

SYDNEY CUMMINGS

BLOGILATES 

BALLET BEAUTIFUL: ARMS

BALLET BEAUTIFUL: LEGS + BUNS

SWEATY BETTY: BALLET BOOTCAMP 1

SWEATY BETTY: BALLET BOOTCAMP 2

POPSUGAR FIT TV

BOOKS

  • RED TO THE BONE
  • SELF-HELP (LORRIE MOORE)
  • BIRDS OF AMERICA
  • AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE
  • THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
  • ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS
  • THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE
  • BLACK LIGHT: STORIES
  • EDUCATED: A MEMOIR
  • THE WOMAN DESTROYED
  • HALF EMPTY
  • FRAUD (DAVID RACKOFF)
  • HEARTBURN
  • I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK
  • PLAY IT AS IT LAYS
  • THE COLLECTED STORIES OF LYDIA DAVIS
  • HUNGER: A NOVELLA & STORIES

AUDIOBOOKS

  • ALL DAVID SEDARIS BOOKS! ESP: LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS
  • HUNGER - ROXANE GAY
  • INHERITANCE - DANIELLE SHAPIRO
  • MATING IN CAPTIVITY - ESTHER PEREL
  • DESIGNING YOUR LIFE
  • DESIGNING YOUR WORK LIFE
  • THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE
  • THE UNTETHERED SOUL
  • BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER

RECIPE IDEAS

PANTRY STAPLES RECIPES

NON-PERISHABLE RECIPE LIST

MEAL PREP SAUCES

SQUASH AU VIN

WHITE BEAN SPRING SOUP

CRISPY SOY MAPLE TOFU

TAHINI RANCH

SQUASH WITH GRAINS + TAHINI HONEY

CHICKPEA & CELERY SOUP WITH CHILE GARLIC OIL

ITALIAN CHOPPED SALAD

PASTA WITH BROWN BUTTER, WHOLE LEMON & PARMESAN

EVERYDAY LENTIL SOUP

CARLA LALLI’S CHAI

STEWY WHITE BEANS W/ GARLIC, ROSEMARY

GRAIN-FREE TAHINI GRANOLA

ONE POT PASTA W RICOTTA & LEMON

LENTIL CAULI TACO MEAT

PEA+MINT PESTO PASTA

OVEN POLENTA WITH MUSHROOMS & THYME

PEA & COCONUT SOUP (A PLUG!!! LOL)

CREAMY MISO KABOCHA SOUP W/ TURMERIC & CRISPY LENTILS (DON’T HATE ME)

CHIMICHURRI CHICKPEAS

WINTRY SLAW WITH ROASTED SHALLOT DRESSING

CREAMY WHITE BEAN SOUP WITH SPICY PAPRIKA OIL

CREAMY BRAISED WHITE BEANS

HUEVOS ROTOS

SESAME NOODLES WITH CRISPY TOFU

5-INGREDIENT ALMOND FLOUR PANCAKES

BEST GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

VEGAN PALEO BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

SALTY COCOA ALMOND ENERGY BITES

PISTACHIO CARDAMOM DOUGHNUTS WITH MASCARPONE GLAZE

ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES

PANCAKE BREAD

TAHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH BITES

OAT MILK CHOCOLATE PUDDING

SALTED CHOCOLATE TAHINI THUMBPRINT COOKIES

KABOCHA OLIVE OIL CAKE WITH BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE

CHERRY PISTACHIO CRUMBLE

CITRUS YOGURT CAKE

SALTED CHOCOLATE CHIP BUCKWHEAT COOKIES

CRANBERRY QUINOA SCONES

RESOURCES

PRACTICES THAT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL ACCOMPLISHED

THE ORIGINS OF "SELF CARE"

BOOK SHELF - READING RECOMMENDATIONS

SELF-PRACTICES FOR THE HOME

ARE YOU CREATIVELY HYDRATING?

SELF PRACTICE PLAYLISTS

ENERGETIC MOODBOARDS

3RD RITUAL (@3rdritual)

SELF PRACTICE (@self.practice)

LISA OLIVERA (@lisaoliveratherapy)

TALKSPACE: ONLINE THERAPY

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