NESTING: SELF-CARE TIPS FOR AUTUMN AND WINTER: 9¼” x 5”, $5, copied, 20 pgs.

Feb 01, 2016

Very helpful hints for making it through the cold times with your body and mind intact. Many of the suggestions are, as author Katie Johnson admits, fairly obvious: eat right, exercise, get some sleep, step away from the computer, drink water. It’s in the details that this zine really shines. There are good, healthy meal suggestions: a hearty, sugar-free breakfast (avocado with salt, pepper, lemon juice; black bean-and-tofu corn tortillas), a light lunch (cherry tomatoes, edamame, yogurt), a soup and greens dinner. You should stretch when you wake up and before you go to bed. Take fresh air breaks and get some sun. Leave for work a half hour early. Drive slow, read before bed, watch one episode of a show (not an entire series)—and maybe make that show Masterpiece Theater. Tidy up, and even give up alcohol and weed for a few months (if possible). Johnson’s suggestions for clean living—written warmly and casually—are common sense meant to make the grey months not simply bearable, but rejuvenating. It can be hard to plan these kinds of things; a healthy way of going about your life can seem like a dream unattainable when you’re just trying to get by. But as one of her favorite quotes (also suggested: make a quote book full of wisdom and good sentences) from Gloria Steinem, puts it: “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” I’m glad I’ll have this zine on hand while I turn the thermostat up, wear long johns under jeans, and brush the snow off the car. –Matt Werts (Pioneers Press,