It is very unfortunate that we don't have much patience for our own mental health. We don't like to admit it but sometimes we need a day or two to ourselves. No matter who we are, how important our jobs are, or how much we love our projects, we all need days where we can … Continue reading It’s Okay to Take a Mental Health Day
We value beauty very highly. Something that is "beautiful" is almost synonymous with something that is "good". Conversely, we have little patience for what is "ugly" - which is often "bad". If we are surrounded by "ugly" or even neutral spaces we might feel less able to appreciate the moment. Instead of practicing those moments … Continue reading Learning New Kinds of Beauty
Picking a job is scary. In fact, it can be terrifying. Much of our young lives are spent preparing for our future careers and much of our adult lives are spent working. Today, our worth or sense of identity in society is closely connected with our job. No wonder work is one of the biggest … Continue reading Thoughts: On Being in the “Wrong” Job
Note: Now that Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is released, I wanted to write about the first game and what it means to me, personally: Anyone who enjoys video games understands what a "Self-Care Game" is. It's that game you can't wait to play when you're tired, stressed, or anxious. It's a game that … Continue reading My Self-Care Game: Ni no Kuni
Sometimes We Need To Change Our Life Plans; Why Does It Feel So Terrible? There are few experiences as painful, confusing, and embarrassing as changing your life plans after years of preparation. There are lots of reasons we might not follow the path we planned for: Maybe there was a life-changing event that made our … Continue reading Thoughts: On Changing Your Life Plans
Are movies and video games good for us? A popular opinion is: No. Many reasons are thrown around: They're too violent or full of negative experiences. They're distracting from real life. They're time-wasters. They're too addictive. In reaction to these opinions, people try to cut back their media intake using a diet mindset. People count … Continue reading Counting Media-Calories: Entertainment and Dieting
The film Call Me By Your Name, adapted from the novel of the same name, is a movie that can tease a variety of feelings out of us. This film is about the summer of '83 and a burgeoning relationship between a boy named Elio and a graduate student named Oliver. It's set in the … Continue reading Call Me By Your Name: Coming of Age
Mental Health is not a destination. It is not even a state of being. It is an activity. It is the activity of tending our minds. If our minds are gardens - organic plots that sprout thoughts like plants and attitudes or beliefs like ecosystems - mental health would be the activity of gardening. It … Continue reading Your Mind is a Garden. Mental Health, Gardening.
Sometimes when we get home from a long or stressful day we just want to watch that movie again. It's simple, fun, relaxing, and calming somehow. We've seen this movie probably 50 times, but we still want to see it again. We might just want it playing in the background as we browse our phones … Continue reading Why Do You Re-Watch Movies?
How Games Can Help Us Embrace Failure and Develop Growth Mindsets Note: This is a preview of an article I wrote for Take This, a non-profit charity that is dedicated to reducing the stigma around mental health issues with a focus on geek culture. Check out their blog for tons of helpful articles! How Mindful … Continue reading Growth Mindsets and Gaming