Weekender Issue #125

The Assist Newsletter
March 8, 2024
Motivational Quote

Brainteaser of the day: Some try to hide, some try to cheat, but time will show, we always will meet. Try as you might, to guess my name, I promise you’ll know, when you do claim. Who am I?

Click here to see the answer.


Treat Yo’Self


☀️ To Making Colorful Spring Smoothies
Kickstart your days with nutrient-packed fruity blends full of sunny vibes. Sip a rainbow >

✈️ To Planning Exciting Warm Weather Getaways
Daydream about tropical locales, scenic trips, and making summer memories as you map out a fab vacation. Indulge top US destinations >

🧠 To Optimizing Your Gut Health
Support your whole self by taking good care of your digestive system with nutrition and lifestyle tweaks. Get tips here >

Finally Making That Vision Board For 2024
With ~10 months left, you can still manifest a gorgeous visualization of your 2024 dreams and goals. Build a digital vision board >

🏃🏻‍♀️ To Upgrading Your Activewear Drawer
Give lackluster fitness wear the boot and swap in sleek, confidence-boosting new styles instead. Shop top Amazon activewear here >


Get Ahead of Your Work Week


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  • Manage time throughout the work day

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Like any tool, we suggest you try it out for yourself to see if it covers all the bases.

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How To Identify Stress Cycles And Mindfully Complete Them


These days, we often experience a sense of ambient stress that appears disconnected from any single event.

Picture this: I’m working an in-office corporate job. Every evening, I carry the stress of work home with me, dragging it into my conversations, relationships, and then back into work the next morning.

This surrender to stress is a familiar story for many — and is scarcely something we feel equipped to healthily manage. It’s a subject worth pausing over since maintaining this chronic stress invites health complications that can put a damper on many aspects of life.

“When living in a chronic state of stress and nervous dysregulation, anything that is unfamiliar can feel unsafe, even if it’s healthy,” says Katrina Leggins, LCSW, a licensed therapist and advocate for mental health and self-aware lifestyles.

Without mindful coping mechanisms, ending the loop of ongoing stress may feel impossible or overwhelming. That’s where work on stress cycles comes in.

The term “stress cycle” was originally coined by medical researcher A.Z. Reznick in 1989. It began to enter contemporary discourse when sisters Dr. Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Dr. Amelia Nagoski, DMA, wrote the book “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” in 2020, developing the topic in light of our evolving cultural moment.

“Without mindful coping mechanisms, ending the loop of ongoing stress may feel impossible or overwhelming.”

So what is a stress cycle? Reznick identifies the stress cycle in four phases:

  • Resting ground state
  • Tension and strain phase
  • Response phase, which can be passive and/or active
  • Relief phase, which is both physiological and psychological

With chronic stress, we are stuck within the phases of tension and response, never quite making it through relief and back to a resting state. Moving through the entire stress cycle furnishes the body with resources to relax.

Without that loop, the body continues to operate in a hyper-alert state that can do real damage to the mind and body over time.

According to experts on the topic, the goal is to eliminate your reliance on ‘fight-or-flight’ responses, restoring them to their true function of protection within life-threatening situations.

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The Easiest Way to Send Lunch or Gifts to Large Groups



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Stuff we’re loving rn


💌 Start your morning with the Just Women’s Sports newsletter, the top stories in women’s sports delivered straight to your inbox.

📺 The highly anticipated Shōgun, based on the novel by James Clavell, is now streaming on Hulu and it certainly lives up to the hype. Travel back to 1600 where a powerful Japanese lord gets caught in a brutal power struggle caused by a stranded foreign ship.

🎵 If you missed the drop on March 1st, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell team up on this new banger, Doctor (Work It Out).

🎥 For our true crime fanatics out there, “Lover, Stalker, Killer” is a wild tale with endless twists that will stick with you long after you watch it.


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Axl Rose


Axl Rose pet of the week

Axl Rose can sometimes have a rock n’ roll bad attitude.

He’s a little bit of a diva in his demands (heated blanket, steak scraps, long walks etc. etc.), but he brings his family so much joy that they usually comply.

He’s a big, protective guy and absolutely loves to accompany his family anywhere he can, as long as his blanket is brought along so he’s not expected to lounge directly on the floor.

💌 We’re huge pet lovers at The Assist and want to feature a pet each week — fill out this form for your fur baby to be featured!
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