Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “I’m so swamped with homework.” “I feel like I have no time to get anything done.” “Social media is depressing and taking over my life.”
Truer words have never been spoken, except this week we can now add, “Really? Another one?” to the list.
It’s really easy to get bogged down by all the bad, sad and stressful things happening in our lives and society today, especially for teens.
But fear not friends! It is now easier than ever to just sit back, take a deep breath and take 10 minutes to watch cute dogs interacting with babies on YouTube, or listen to a silly song from your childhood that always makes you smile or going to a favorite website that always makes you laugh. Not only will these things put you in a better mood, even for a little bit, but they will improve your work ethic in completing those tasks. Who knows? You may even produce some of your best work!
As I am typing this post, I have a gif of corgi dogs on a treadmill on repeat in my view and honestly, that is my equivalent of “Just Keep Swimming” from Finding Nemo right now.
So here are some suggestions for pick-me-ups when you’re feeling down, stuck, or on the struggle bus.
-As posted above, searching for “Babies and Dogs” or “Babies and Animals” on Google or YouTube will give you so many fun options for smiling, laughing and awwww-ing. I personally suggest videos that are at least five minutes long to really take advantage of the cuteness and to keep lifting up your mood.
-“Dude Perfect” is an option to just watch people doing cool things. Each video has more than 10 million views and they do a lot of fun and funny stuff. The video below is of the guys with the GOAT Serena Williams doing cool tennis tricks and being goofy. It’s wonderful.
-Personal anecdote — The day that my mom called me to tell me that my grandmother (her mom) had passed away, was a hard day. To help me get through it, I binge watched the show Arrested Development, one of my favorite shows that constantly makes me laugh. It helped me get through the day and I felt better about the situation. So grab a DVD or search for your favorite TV show that makes you smile, laugh, or even cry, and get sucked in for a bit.
-For non-videos, the Onion is the best option out there. Take this Twitter post for example! Seriously, 90% of the website is like this. It’s instant smiles and laughs and is a no-brainer for a quick pick-me-up on a bad day. (theonion.com).
**Note: another option for great dog content is We Rate Dogs on Twitter. They are great.
-An option for a quick screen break is to pick up a children’s picture book . I know what you’re thinking. “I’m not a kid anymore! Why would I want to read a book for babies?” Here’s a possible reason why. Children’s picture books are pretty awesome if you want a quick escape into a fun world away from a screen. Also, the diversity of children’s books has increased so much within the past few years that finding a book that YOU want to read is as easy as ever. Here are some of my personal faves from when I was kid and now.
I hope that these tips for improving your mood, and brightening your day have helped a bit. I know that some of this stuff is silly and some of the stuff that you might be wanting do might be labeled as “silly” or “a guilty pleasure” as well. Honestly, though, if you like it and it makes you feel good, and doesn’t hurt other around you, then take a deep breath, find your zen Corgis running on treadmills gif, and GO FOR IT!