Let Go and Breathe
With Ari Eastman
Hi! My name’s Ari Eastman and I’m a writer and poet living in Los Angeles.
My father used to tell me to find just one thing I liked or enjoyed about the day. He meant it about going to school, but it’s a great thing to apply elsewhere too. It’s a hard one to remember, especially given the state of the world right now. And I’m definitely not someone who buys into forcing positivity (there’s importance in processing painful moments), but it can be a great survival technique to look for just ONE thing that brought you joy that day, even if it’s something super small.
Facing your grief is not as terrifying as you think it will be.
The patriarchy can feel so daunting and so much misogyny and sexism is so deeply woven into our society, but surrounding yourself in sisterhoods and women who understand you and what you go through can make all the difference. I cherish being around women and find a lot of strength within my community.
I’d say my heart. I’m an empath, which is a blessing and a curse. But I’m glad I have an easy time connecting to others.
To be completely honest, I actually really struggle with motivation. I suffer from depression and anxiety and sometimes I get so overwhelmed with those things that fatigue takes over and it becomes easier to just watch Netflix all day. In those moments, I try to take walks or talk to my mom or read an incredible book. I’d say a lot of my motivation comes out of wanting to NOT be in that low place anymore, in wanting to find healthy and productive ways to be better in all aspects.
Sushi all day. Every day.
I keep a journal and write down any major feelings, fears, things I feel I messed up on. And when I’m feeling really lethargic or like I haven’t done anything to move forward that day, I go to a yoga class and try my best to let go and breathe.
I’ve often thought about being a teacher, or working with kids in an after-school arts program. Spoken word was incredibly important to me in college and I’d love to give back to that world in some way.
I want to travel to Denmark! My Dad was obsessed with Denmark and lived there for two years. He passed away before we had a chance to go together, so now it feels even more important to me that I experience a place he loved so much.
Watching other people do what they love. Inspiration is contagious, I think.
Literature, poetry, television, and animals.
More About Ari
Ari Eastman is a poet, writer, and mental health activist. Her work has been featured in Thought Catalog, The Rising Phoenix Review, and Words Dance Publishing. She is also the author of three collections of poetry. She currently resides in California and enjoys crying to old Buffy The Vampire Slayer episodes.