I'm mentally ill (and stress worsens mental illness), and when I see conservatives making fun of rooms with toys, play doh, puppies, coloring books, etc, that are designed to help college students with stress, something about it pings me wrong.
I finally figured out what it is.
None of those things are bad. Actually, they're all really good forms of self-care. With a big but - in order to function in the real world, any mentally ill person (or stressed individual period) needs to provide those things for themselves. They need to buy the coloring books. They need to take the time to go the park, and play with puppies. They need to mess with play doh in their own homes, and make themselves tea, and take a moment to breathe.
Because the real world doesn't do things for you. You have to learn to do them for yourself, if that's what you need.
I left college before this whole thing became a fad, but if it were, I probably would have gone to those rooms. But I would not have learned to make the effort to take care of myself. To go to the beach at four in the morning because I felt antsy. To curl up in bed with chocolate. Whatever.
Coloring books, puppies, and play doh are good. As long as you (general you) are mature enough to recognize you need to care for yourself and get those things yourself - no one else can (or should) do that for you.
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