I’ve basically made it through this year because of escapism in books. Every day I read before bed, listen to the book when I can, and even sometimes fall asleep for a nap or at night listening, and it’s calmed my mind tremendously. In the first 6 months of the year I read all of the “Agatha Raisin” cozy mysteries by M.C. Beaton – all 30. I’m moving on to the author’s Hamish MacBeth series, with a break for two books that are similar to each other but equally delightful, “The Giver of Stars” and “The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek”. I have always loved reading but this year it’s become my quiet time, my escape, my soothing positive thing I can do for myself for self-care. I also highly recommend Gerald Durrell’s books, particularly the first three about his family’s time in Greece.