After 5 It's All Rainbows & Ponies

After 5 It's All Rainbows & Ponies

In a world brimming with chaos and uncertainty, sometimes the best remedy lies in the simplest of pleasures - like watching funny cat videos. The daily grind can leave us drained and disheartened by the time the clock strikes 5 pm. 

During a particularly rough season of my life involving PTSD and a lot of therapy, I stumbled upon a coping strategy that not only helped me stay positive but also safeguarded my peace of mind before bed. I dubbed it "After 5, It’s All Rainbows & Ponies," a commitment to filling my mind with only uplifting content after 5pm. Whether it was giggling at the antics of playful kittens or steering clear of distressing news headlines, I found that setting this boundary significantly improved my mental wellness.

Funny videos serve as a form of escapism. These videos act as a refreshing mental palate cleanser, washing away negativity and infusing our spirits with positivity. Laughter has a multitude of benefits for both our physical and mental well-being. It reduces stress, boosts our immune system, and even releases feel-good hormones such as endorphins. By indulging in a daily dose of feline humor, for example, we are not only entertaining ourselves but also actively improving our overall health and happiness. 

Central to the effectiveness of "After 5, It’s All Rainbows & Ponies" is not just what silly or uplifting things we choose to watch, but what we consciously avoid. I had noticed a marked decline in my tolerance for negative stimuli as the day progressed. By establishing 5 pm as a cutoff for exposure to distressing media – be it news, true crime, or unsettling narratives – I gave my brain a break. By prioritizing our mental and emotional well-being, we are better equipped to navigate life's challenges with grace and resilience. It's a small yet significant act of kindness we can extend to ourselves in a world that often feels overwhelming.

Of course, it's important to strike a balance and not rely solely on funny cat videos as a coping mechanism. While they offer temporary relief, they are not a substitute for addressing underlying issues or seeking professional help when needed. Implementing "After 5, It’s All Rainbows & Ponies" as a practice of limiting negative input has proven invaluable for me both in managing stress and cultivating a more positive outlook on life. (I'm sure psychiatrists have a more technical name for this kind of strategy, but I'll stick with mine.)

The next time you find yourself feeling overwhelmed after a long day, consider pressing play on something that nourishes your soul. You may be surprised at the profound impact it has on your mood and mindset. Much love, Kim

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