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Brittany Snow & Jaspre Guest on September Letters & Wellness Routines



In Chill Chat, Bustle sits down with stars to chat about all things wellness, from their workout playlists to their most reliable self-care hacks. Here, Brittany Snow and Jaspre Guest, founders of the mental health platform September Letters, reveal their morning routines and favorite de-stressing rituals.

Between the two of them, there’s not a wellness trend actor Brittany Snow and entrepreneur/activist Jaspre Guest haven’t yet tried. Their combined passion for doing anything that improves your health in one way, shape, or form — no matter how offbeat — is mainly due to another shared passion of theirs: helping others feel less alone in their mental health journeys.

In early 2020, the two friends launched September Letters, a mental health platform that uses letter writing and storytelling to shed light on people’s experiences with everything from depression to racial and gender discrimination. “We wanted to show that although you think you’re alone in whatever singular problem you have, it’s actually something a lot of people can share in,” Snow, 35, tells Bustle. “I think that a lot of things that we struggle with connect us instead of divide us.”

Now, September Letters will be coming out in book form later in 2023, and will feature letters from notable people as well as serviceable intel about the power of letter-writing. It’s an accomplishment Guest and Snow celebrated in December with partners Post-it Brand and the Mental Health Coalition in New York City. “It’s really taken off in a beautiful way because people are finding a sort of feeling of unity with others,” says Snow.

As for how the two entrepreneurs take care of their own mental health? Here, Snow and Guest share their extensive morning routines, de-stressing rituals, and the best wellness advice they’ve ever received.

Walk me through your morning routines.

Guest: I start with 16 ounces of lemon water every morning, followed by 16 ounces of celery juice, which is the bane of my existence. I hate juicing celery because you have to buy a lot of it and it’s heavy and dirty. And I hate cleaning the juicer. But it’s really changed my life and how I feel — I’m a big believer that food and supplements can heal your body. So I take a lot of supplements and do 10 minutes of breathing followed by 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation (TM). Then I do a rebounder workout, and then I’m ready to start my day.

Snow: I don’t do any of that [laughs]. My husband gets up so much earlier than me so luckily he always makes coffee for me. When I get up, I’ll have a cup, and then I’ll get into working out. We have a Peloton, so sometimes I’ll do spinning or a Pilates class. The minute the class is done, I’m like, ‘I need food now.’ Then I’ll usually put on a podcast when I’m brushing my teeth and getting ready. I’ve been known to do some writing in the morning too, which is hugely beneficial for me — even if it’s just a to-do list on a Post-it note. My husband always makes fun of me because I make a list to make a list.

What’s the most out-there wellness trend or treatment you’ve ever tried?

Snow: Energy work is something that I find really fascinating — it’s also unexpected that it works. I had thought it was going to be bogus the first time I went. But by the end, I actually felt my feet were on fire — and the practitioner never touched me. I asked her if they were, and she said, “No, that’s the energy leaving your body.”

Guest: I’ve really done a lot. I also find energy work really fascinating and really important because I think people don’t realize how much stagnant energy there is. I’ve done everything from chakra light balancing on beds to magnet therapy to love cupping. Do you remember the Katy Pery video for “Never Really Over”? There are heart-shaped cups on her back. It’s from this acupuncturist in Los Angeles who invented love cupping that helps unblock breakages, so I went after I broke up with my boyfriend [laughs].

What’s your favorite workout right now?

Guest: I do eccentrics, which is this Pilates stretching method. And then I love Bellicon, which is on a rebounder.

Snow: I used to be a runner, but it’s getting harder as I get older because — I sound 85 years old — everything hurts a little bit more. So I really love spinning. I probably spin too much. I just like to feel like I’m at a party. I also do Pilates. I wish I could say I do yoga but I get so bored.

What’s on your workout playlist?

Snow: It’s usually some rap EDM remix — I have to feel like I’m in a club. I get really angry when people put on classic yacht rock when they’re in a spinning class. I’m not gonna go hard to Journey.

How do you like to unwind after a hectic day?

Snow: Back in my early 20s it was very different because I would’ve wanted to see friends and get out of my head and just go somewhere and do something fun. Now the only thing I want to do is put on the oldest sweatpants I own and sit and watch something really bad for me, like The Bachelor, and eat takeout. It’s not exactly the most holistic answer but I think sometimes you need a little day where you feel like a kid again.

Guest: I like to sit in silence. There’s just so much talking throughout the day that I just love sitting in silence with my dog and just having a cocktail.

What’s your favorite way to decompress?

Guest: I was so anti-meditation before, but I have a very busy mind. So I do TM and hypnotherapy.

Snow: For me, it’s podcasts — specifically spirituality podcasts. I listen to one every morning that’s either about something spiritual or metaphysical or something I can learn from, and I feel like that just sets up my day where I’m thinking about something that maybe challenges me or puts my thoughts in a new direction. Usually, I’ll listen to Super Soul Sunday or Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us. But sometimes I love a true-crime podcast.

What do you need to get a good night of sleep?

Snow: I’m the lightest sleeper on the planet. I cannot sleep with any noise. So I have two sound machines playing white noise, one on my left and one on my right. I wear earplugs, and then I have an eye mask. The only thing that I can go to sleep hearing is 1930s-era black-and-white movies. I don’t know why. But Jimmy Stewart being like, “Hi, how are you doing?” is really soothing.

Guest: I just listen to my hypnotherapist session and I fall asleep.

What’s the best wellness advice you’ve ever received?

Snow: Taking the time for self-care is wellness. Sometimes just sitting there and journaling or being with yourself in the moment — it sounds so trope-y, but I think sometimes that’s the best form of wellness.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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Cassidy Timbrooks on ‘The Bachelor’ Isn’t the Villain You Think She Is



I knew Cassidy Timbrooks was going to be eliminated from The Bachelor the second she addressed a table full of children as “you small people.”

But it wasn’t until Clayton Echard learned she had a “friend with benefits” back home that her number came up. The Bachelor rescinded the rose he had already given her and predictably sent the 26-year-old executive assistant packing on Monday night’s episode.

In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.

That’s why her ride home from the mansion was more than just another early villain exit. The Bachelor is clearly trying to get back to basics this year — and by basics I mean American sexual politics circa 2002. The fact that Cassidy got the boot so swiftly shows how quickly the show is returning to its traditional roots. In an era of dating apps and delayed motherhood, ABC’s long-running reality dating franchise is recommitting in Clayton’s season to its core tenets: Love, marriage, and family — preferably before age 30.

In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.

Only against that backdrop would a woman like Cassidy strike anyone as an outlier. Outside of the show, she doesn’t exactly seem nefarious. Since the premiere aired, I have been following her on Instagram, where she’s been posting incredibly lucid and self-aware reflections about her time on The Bachelor, conceding in one of her Stories that she struggled to balance “confidence” with “considering other people’s takes.”

Indeed, like so many hated contestants before her, Cassidy appears to have been the victim of a selective edit and a mocking soundtrack. The unflattering edit began in earnest when she largely ignored the children at a birthday party group date to talk with the Bachelor instead. At one point, seated around a table sipping tea, she told a group of kids, “I spend as little time around you small people as possible, so forgive me…” and then immediately went on the back foot as they latched onto the comment.

I don’t blame the kids for taking offense. But any adult viewer who paid attention to her tone should have recognized the droll delivery. Was it an inartful thing to say? Sure. Children aren’t the right audience for wry humor, especially if you’re joking about avoiding them. But Cassidy didn’t deserve to be demonized as a kid hater, either.

“I knew I was giving villain, but I thought I was far more amusing and harmless,” she wrote in one of her post-show Instagram Stories, “and I think a lot of the hate is based in misogyny internalized and otherwise.”

She’s not wrong. Cassidy was punished, both in the edit and by a segment of the audience, for not going googly-eyed at the notion of spending an afternoon building a dollhouse. She certainly didn’t echo the enthusiasm of a fellow contestant who saw the kids from afar and exclaimed, “Oh my God! I’m so excited! I love children!” while running toward them.

The Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.

To be fair, that attitude is more in line with Clayton’s. In the first five minutes of the current season, the new Bachelor was twice moved to tears by the thought of raising a family. He introduced himself in the opening voiceover by saying, “I can’t wait to get married and have kids,” and later choked up while reading a letter from a child predicting that he will “have lots of kids.”

Clayton is nothing if not sincere, but there’s probably a reason the producers picked someone like him in the first place — and why they’re emphasizing childrearing so much this early. After years of controversy over racism in the franchise, culminating in the departure of ex-host Chris Harrison — and after more recent flirtations with progressive casting including the first same-sex engagement, a (gasp!) 39-year-old Bachelorette, and several leads of colorThe Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.

I used to wonder whether the horror novel I wrote satirizing Bachelor-style shows would be outdated by the time it comes out later this year, but if anything, this season has felt ripped out of time in the worst way.

Cassidy’s storyline especially has highlighted double standards that should be long dead by now. Clayton himself recently addressed viral TikToks about his dating history by saying that he “enjoyed [his] singleness” for “the last six years of my life.” This is the same Bachelor who confronted Cassidy on Monday night’s episode about allegedly “seeing someone up until the point that you came here,” as though she were beholden to him before then. Hookups for me but not for thee?

Presented in the weird logic of the show, you’d almost forget that Cassidy is one of 30 women Clayton dated simultaneously — and that, in season previews, the Bachelor will later admit to being “intimate” with two contestants. Somehow that behavior is more “for the right reasons” than having casual sex with someone before filming even began?

Cassidy may be off the air now, but her brief run was telling. This throwback edition of The Bachelor needed a villain, and the producers chose a confident woman with a history of casual dating who said “F*ck a dollhouse” on camera. It’s probably a bad sign when someone that refreshing doesn’t make it to the second rose ceremony.


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Another Day, Another Musk Tweet Pumps Dogecoin up 9%



Musk, who is the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, said he would eat a Happy Meal on TV if Fast food giant McDonald’s starts accepting Dogecoin

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Everything You Need to Know About the UK Government’s COVID Inquiry



On May 12, 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an independent public inquiry into the government’s response to and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Established under the Inquiries Act 2005, the COVID Inquiry will examine the government’s “actions as rigorously and candidly as possible,” according to the Prime Minister, and will aim to “learn every lesson for the future.” It will do so by summoning the production of documents and witnesses to give evidence under oath in order to examine the government’s response to the pandemic.

Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE will act as Chair of the inquiry, which is set to begin “sometime in spring 2022”. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the COVID Inquiry and what we can expect from the process.

How Will The COVID Inquiry Work?

According to BBC News, the Chair of the Inquiry can call whoever they want to give evidence, “whether they are witnesses to an event or people with particular expertise.” As barristers’ chambers Doughty Street Chambers notes, witnesses to an event will be asked to give evidence of their experience or direct knowledge of what took place. They speak on behalf of an organisation, like the NHS or the police.

Evidence sessions will be given in public and under oath, per BBC News, and most sessions will be available to watch on TV and online. There’s no time limit to the inquiry either, and they can often take years due to the “huge amount of evidence that needs to be read.”

What Will Be Included In The COVID Inquiry?

The exact aims, issues, and remits included won’t be announced until closer to the start of the inquiry, but the Prime Minister has said his government would work closely with the devolved administrations and governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland before setting out what exactly will be included in the inquiry itself.

Shortly after announcing that an inquiry would take place, the Prime Minister told MPs that the inquiry would consider his government’s handling of the pandemic before the first lockdown in March 2020, per The Guardian. As for other issues, law firm BDB Pitmans suggests that the higher death rate in general, especially among ethnic minority groups, will be a major point of contention, as well as the government’s “procurement processes” of contracts awarded during the pandemic.

What Issues Have Been Raised Around The COVID Inquiry?

Undocumented Migrants

Following the publication of a report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), it’s vital that the voices of undocumented migrants are properly heard during the COVID inquiry. The report found that the UK “lagged far behind other European countries” in protecting undocumented migrants during the pandemic.

Caitlin Boswell, author of the report and policy officer at JCWI, said in a statement that if the government “wants to learn lessons” from this inquiry and “fully recover from the pandemic”, it needs to “stop prioritising its anti-immigration agenda above saving lives.” An anti-immigration agenda which is more commonly known as the Hostile Environment.

The term “Hostile Environment” is used by many to describe a set of policies that are intended to block undocumented migrants from using public services like the NHS and the police, as well as making work and housing inaccessible; effectively making life as difficult as possible.

Boswell added that the government “must listen to migrants’ voices, including those who’ve lost status, and ensure that in the future, no-one has their life put at risk because of their immigration status.” Boswell concluded that in “doing so will not only protect the most marginalised, it will help protect all of us.”

People With Disabilities

Sense, a charity which focuses on complex disabilities, has also called for the government to take the experiences of disabled people and their families into account. As the charity notes, 6 out of 10 people in the UK who have died from COID are disabled, despite making up 22 per cent of the general population.

“Decision-makers did not engage with us, our needs were often overlooked and communications were largely inaccessible,” Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy for Disability Rights UK, explained. “Health bodies treated our lives as less valued, disabled people receiving social care were inadequately protected, some disabled children were denied education and support, and supermarkets failed to ensure that we could access food.”

There is yet to be a date announced or confirmed for the COVID Inquiry.

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