“Escape” and “uncertainty” are the words of the day. There exist plenty of good tips on how to self-care: maintain routine, get enough sleep (but not too much), engage in some socially distanced outdoor time, turn off your push notifications, and so on.
I can’t advise you on any of those things (although they all seem like great ideas). I’m not a therapist or a clinical researcher or any sort of expert on those topics. I am, however, an expert on genre (it’s practically written on my business card), and I know that, from experience, reading a good sci-fi/fantasy or horror book has always helped me through tough times.
So, if you’re having a day where nothing else seems to be working, try my self-care method on for size. To help you get started, here’s a list of my most anticipated sci-fi/fantasy/horror books of the summer. Although there is no cookie-cutter self-care prescription, these books are really great; I promise.
Check out Simon & Schuster’s In Other Worlds page for even more summer must-reads.