Today is Mental Health Blog Day over at the American Psychological Association (APA). APA is rounding up lots of terrific blog posts and articles all about mental health. This is a great place to learn more about diagnosis, treatment, resources, and what it is like to live with a mental illness. All of this information is useful and necessary, but I think sometimes we forget that mental health can be fun – and funny – too.
For example, the blog Hyperbole and a Half has recently dealt with the issue of debilitating depression. Yes, this is a serious topic. And yes, it is tough to read the author’s description of her extremely low mood and long periods of helplessness and hopelessness. But, the post is also pretty light-hearted and even funny in some sections.
Mental health and humor are two things that can be tough to combine, but there are places where the combination can be found: the TV show Monk, any of David Sedaris’ books, Chato Stewart’s mental health humor cartoons.
Creating mental health can be a good time – and it doesn’t always entail lying on a couch blaming your mother for your unhappy marriage, or taking a handful of pills everyday. While therapy and psychiatric medication may be a piece of mental health care for some of us; many of us can find it on our own. Gardening, baking, collecting gnomes, reading mysteries, brewing beer, playing chess in the park – these can all be ways to create and maintain good mental health.
How do you have fun while working on your mental health?