Here is the understatement of the day. It is a tough time to live in the United States. Many of us are glued to the news wondering what will happen next. Political protests, impeachment, talk of more riots, and a pending inauguration. We are on the edge of our seats.
We have two options really. Tune in or tune out. No matter which direction we choose, taking a mental health break is a must.
What that might look like depends on you. It could mean going for a nature walk, reading a book, preparing a tasty treat, enjoying a relaxing beverage, or taking a nice nap.
Don’t forget about watching cat videos. Did you know there is actually research to support this guilty or not so guilty pleasure?
The study, by Indiana University assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick, surveyed almost 7,000 people about their viewing of cat videos and how it affects their moods.
Participants in Myrick’s study reported:
- They were more energetic and felt more positive after watching cat-related online media than before.
- They had fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance, and sadness.
- The pleasure they got from watching cat videos outweighed any guilt they felt about procrastinating.
I am not going to lie. I get sucked in, too. Today, I decided to turn MY feelings of guilt into those of productivity. I have compiled for you a Top Ten Must Watch List. In it you will enjoy stunning sights and soothing sounds, stories that make you want to be a better person, and…ping pong playing cats.
Disclaimers before you watch:
Potential Trigger Warning – Nick Vujiicic (#8) briefly talks about trying to end his own life. It is not graphic, yet he puts it out there.
Top 5 Children (#9)–One of the children featured was sadly shot and killed. Nothing graphic. Just mentioned.
Ezra Frech – My daughter Kendall learned about Ezra in second grade and pulled up this video for me. When I asked, “you remembered this kid?” She replied, how could I NOT remember him? Fourth grader endorsed for inspiring stuff.
The Dodo– I love anything this channel puts out. I could watch it all day. Any day.
Sidenote to the Dodo Story (#7) – We had our own fawn rescue. My old house. Summer 2016. Baby boy ended up in our ditch with a leg injury. I called the rehab place, I was advised to pick him up in a blanket, put him in our minivan and bring my kids 45 minutes away to the wildlife clinic. We didn’t get to go in for a field trip and didn’t get to go back. I did call and he was doing great.
Here he is.
Please let me know how you liked my list!