We all have busy lives. There’s always something going on and we constantly have to adjust ourselves to the speed of life. Teens in particular are always occupied. There’s high school, extracurricular activities, friends, family, chores, and maybe a part-time job or two. With all this moving, we’re bound to get sick, emotionally or physically. We may have caught the flu, or we may be close to a nervous breakdown. Either way we’ve got two options: try to keep going and end up hurting others, and ourselves, or we can stop and take the break we need. Often we just can’t wait to be king so we set high standards for ourselves. Sometimes if we take a break we might call this failure. It’s not failure; this brief break is setting us up for success. It’s allowing us to go the distance. Disney is one of the best medicines. It helps me take my mind off of whatever ails me. Here are some things you should try on your next sick or mental health day to bring you some magic.
1. Disney Movies– There’s a ton to choose from! You could go for the ultimate classic- Snow White or go for something newer and more action-packed, like one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I don’t recommend something sad, the goal is to make you happy. No, pick something happy, unless sad movies make you happy (something foreign to me, but to each his own).
2. Disney Video Games– I don’t play these a lot but there are some awesome ones out there. Your game selection is different depending on what gaming device you own, but I love Epic Mickey.
3. Disney Board Games and Puzzles– If you’re contagious wait until you aren’t to play these with your family. We have the Disney Villains Monopoly and absolutely love it. You can customize the board choosing which villains you want on it, and the tokens are pretty cool too. If you’re doing a puzzle be careful you don’t sneeze, pull a Big Bad Wolf, and wreck it. If it’s a big puzzle that you think is going to be a crowning achievement when you finish it be sure to pick up some puzzle glue for when you’re done. I recommend framing it so that everyone can see your excellent work.
4. Disney Food– Different foods remind us all of Disney. If you eat wheat you might chow down on a frozen corndog or Mickey chicken nuggets. If you’re gluten-free (like my mom and I), you might have some popcorn or a rice crispy treat. For dolewhip lovers, my friend Pam told me that when put in the freezer, the See’s pineapple truffle tastes like a chocolate covered dolewhip. I did it and she was absolutely right!
5. Disney Books– I love Disney books. Depending on your personality you might choose a Walt biography (The Neal Gabler one is amazing) or an art book. We don’t own it, but I could spend hours looking at The Art of the Disney Princess in a store. Or you could choose a book about one of the Disney resorts. I particularly enjoyed The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness. Or maybe you love Disney fiction like the Kingdom Keepers series from Ridley Pearson.
6. Disney Pictures– Relive your favorite vacation memories! My mom is crazy for pictures, so I’m glad I can look at them on a day when I really need them. If you’re bored, I suggest making a picture montage in power point or a movie maker application.
Disney’s magic always makes me feel better. It allows you to be carefree for a while, where your biggest responsibility is journeying to a kingdom with someone you’ve just met, to finally see floating lanterns in honor of a lost princess. Everyone who’s sick (or just exhausted) deserves some magic. If a family member is sick and Grumpy, I’m sure that it would make them feel like Happy if you brought them some magic. I sure hope these help you on your next sick or mental health day. Disney definitely gives the best medicine!
Contributed by: Hannah N. (NDT#23) Hannah is the DDL Teens’ Viewpoint Blogger.