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At a time when the global order feels sensitive and precarious, it might be worth seeking out ways to keep your mental health in check. The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent geopolitical instability has left an indelible mark on people's lives. So what can we do?

Turns out there's plenty of advice we can take to heart, as we learned after Redditor bekind888 (fitting username) asked the online community, "What's the greatest mental health tip you've ever gotten?"


"The next morning..."

Never evaluate your life when you're tired.

This is so true. Ever notice things seem much worse at night when worries seem at their worst? The next morning your brain can think of ways to fix them and most times they aren't there the next day.

a_snails_pace

"Don't take criticism..."

Don't take criticism from someone you wouldn't take advice from.

SatanMeekandMild

"What would you say..."

Pretend you are your own child. Weird concept, but hear me out. That negative self-talk that's beating you down - would you speak to a child like that? What would you say to your inner child if someone told them they were an idiot or were fat or were useless or unloved? Practice a little kindness toward yourself. I'm trying really hard to do this & this concept helps me extend compassion toward myself.

ViaWires

"It's okay to not react..."

It's okay to not react to every bad memory that loves to resurface in your brain on the daily. it takes a bit of practice but if you try, you can let those bad/embarrassing/cringey memories just wash up and over you instead of hitting you like a tidal wave.

AmateurHedonist

"Self care isn't always..."

Self care isn't always a bath and a hot chocolate. Sometimes it's giving your head a little shake and doing what needs to be done.

lucidparoxism

"I'm still learning..."

Parent yourself the way your own parents never did. I'm still learning to do this, but I am definitely much better at loving and forgiving myself.

jay_cakes

"The validation..."

The validation you seek from others is validation you refuse to give yourself.

enigmaticvic

"It's important to remember this..."

Remember you're more than you give yourself credit for.

There are people that might be super focused on their jobs and feel like that's what their whole life is about. Try to remember that you are also a friend, a family member, etc. There are so many different aspects that make up who we are. It's important to remember this, especially when one aspect of our life begins to cause us distress.

dustykat

"Figure out..."

Figure out who you are and where you want to be before trying to get into a relationship. This after a divorce. Happily married now. Much better place emotionally too.

MyCatThinksImSoCool

"If you're not feeling mentally okay..."

It is okay to seek professional help.

I mean, if you had some sickness or pain that wouldn't go away, what would you do? You'd go to the doctor and take care of that. Get some medicine. Advice. A plan to deal with it moving forward.

Yet for some reason, there's a reluctance or a stigma around people doing the same with their mental health. Oh, you're in therapy? Oh, you're struggling with substance abuse? Oh, you're on medications for mental problems? We're not supposed to talk about that! "I went to my podiatrist today" is fine but not "I went to my psychiatrist today" for some reason.

If you're not feeling mentally okay, then go to the doctor that handles that sort of thing. Don't be ashamed or embarrassed about seeking professional help. That's what it's there for.

gogojack

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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