Taking Back Mental Health

Though not easy, physical health is a lot more approachable to identify issues and make improvements. Mental health can be much more complex and is often ignored but it is so important. Like when we make a diet or exercise commitment to just feel healthy, taking action towards mental health does not mean something must be very wrong. One does not have to be “depressed” or “crazy”. They are efforts to improve and maintain a system that we greatly depend on to get us through every day – tactics for making life easier and better. Just like you would keep feeding anything to your hurting stomach. If your mind isn’t feeling at its best, stop and give it some peace and rehab time.

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Season of Ice and Snow

Frozen II had a lot to live up to with the first movie revolutionizing the Disney brand and the perception of its heroines. I did not expect it to deliver on such novelty again but to certainly ride on the popularity of the original, reiterate the concepts, and showing the characters evolve into a new phase. Overall, I thought that the movie was a good cinematic experience visually, some songs were perhaps a bit forgetable, and the emotion came up a bit short.

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The Cookie Redemption

The first time I baked chocolate chip cookies, they stayed and cooked as the drops I had put on the baking sheet. The balls of dough looked nothing like the fresh, flat and goeey chocolate chip cookies I had hoped would come out of the oven. So, last week, I found a better recipe and set off on my second attempt. Spoiler: I ate about 8 of these cookies within two days myself.

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Becoming More

Today, I read a list of goals that I made for myself 3 years ago. Yes, I did achieve some of them but 10% success rate is not something I want to give myself a pat on the back for. No, my list of goals was not unreasonably out of reach. I also revisited something I read a long time ago that personifies my results and a story of how many people can live out their lives without question or ambition. A faraway, vague dream to achieve something amazing is not enough.

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Scaling the Temple of Heaven

Puzzles are relaxing and challenging. They are not Netflix or movies. They keep my mind occupied well, challenge me in a different way than the spreadsheets on the job, and also test my motor skills in a different capacity than the keyboard and mouse I am constantly using. If you ask me, adults need more acitivites like this in their lives, to do both solo and with family/friends. Yes, we all say we are too tired after work and chores but it is a really relaxing and soothing exercise, mentally and physically (like reading which I also advocate for heavily). Feels so good after.

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