Hello everyone, welcome to the first recommendation post on Motivational Coping and Healing.
I have read many books about mental health and decided it would be a good idea to redirect you guys to some fantastic books that offer a lot of value to the readers. Along with websites, YouTubers who support the mental health community, and uplifting challenges.
One of the goals for this website is for it to blossom into a caring community where we all come together as one and help one another. By sharing experiences, recommendations on things that personally help us, and commenting on posts, we can help each other heal from many deeply embedded emotional wounds. We are all human, and we all need a listening ear from time to time or a guiding heart to help lead us out of the dark places our minds can go.
First Challange Recommendation
Personally, I look at this era as the digital era. Most of us always have a phone, tablet, or gadget that keeps us connected. We have Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and many more social platforms, which are all great for connecting; while sharing the latest memes, news, and updates. But I feel we need something more heartfelt, motivational, guiding, and inspirational.
So, I am in the process of building a place online people can go for a beckon of light, where you don’t just read and leave, inspired for a split second, and maybe share a post you liked. I am building a place where people can come to seek guidance, connect, and talk about life, hardships, beautiful moments, and more. It’s a work in progress, but it is coming along.
Here is my only problem with social media like Facebook. They promote a lot of unkindness. For example, the memes people chuckle at obese people with an ice cream cone under them… that’s not kind.
Furthermore, people who have their pictures taken in public and then shared with hurtful captions. Guys, this gets sent to millions of people for months and years at a time. What I am trying to get at is the mocking memes, biased news, and other unneeded content clouds our better judgment at times. It might be useful for a chuckle, but imagine being the person in the shared photo for a small second.
Many will argue to lighten up; it’s just a joke, but think about it for a moment. If that were you or someone you knew, would you honestly lighten up? 9 times out of 10, you more than likely wouldn’t. If it were your photo that came up, it would cross your mind often, you might be afraid to go out in public again, and you may become depressed, anxious, and heartbroken someone would do that. These are just a few examples of what the other person experiencing this situation might go through.
I am also guilty of sharing things that are not very kind, so do not assume I am pointing fingers, I am just saying put yourself in someone else’s shoes for just a second.
There is a huge difference when it comes to being funny and playing around with someone you know and making a silly photo. Compared to creating, sharing, or posting a potentially hurtful meme about someone you don’t know.
So, I’m going to promote a small challenge for the first recommendation. I challenge you to not take part in sharing the harmful content you come across. If it makes you laugh, give it a like and move along, just don’t share it. Simple right?
There are plenty of other fun things you can share, heck I just shared a video of Bill Nye setting a globe on fire and getting annoyed at the lack of concern for our planet on Facebook. It was amusing to watch, even with him cursing like a sailor.
I believe if we can get enough people to jump on this bandwagon, it could significantly reduce the online bullying, anxiety, depression, and more that come along with this seemingly innocent action. By sharing harmful content, we are also teaching the younger generation, that it is okay to make fun of people and share it in meme form. Personally speaking, that is not okay.
I honestly wonder if we began to promote more positivity on social media, in music, on tv, and reject the negativity; if a lot of the mental gunk would clear for many? Of course, someone would feel down and depressed if all they saw and listened to was depressive content… though these are just my personal rambling thoughts on the matter. What do you think? Comment below, I would love to hear your opinions on this as well.
A friendly reminder, we are collecting letters and cards for homeless shelters, veteran centers, hospitals, women and children centers, and group homes in time for Christmas, if you would like to find out more information on this, you can read the post What Can a Letter Do?
We plan on doing this every year to provide a ray of hope during hardships. We know a letter will not magically make things better, but it can be read when things start looking gloomy. A gentle reminder that someone out there is rooting for them to overcome the hardships.
*The letter and card drive have been suspended until further notice due to everything currently going on.
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