There's a segment on NPR's Morning Edition today about teachers attending children's mental health during the pandemic. One of these teachers is showing her primary students short clips of Bob Ross daily for stress relief.
A few years ago I was diagnosed with a nonspecific cyclical mood disorder, similar to bipolar II or cyclothymia but not quite diagnosable under the DSM. Nevertheless, they gave me a mood stabilizer, but the transition was difficult and I experienced something called agitated depression. Watching Bob was a bit part of getting me through. I think he may have helped save my life.
I'm curious to know if anyone else has had experiences with Bob Ross, his particular personality, expressions, and affirmations, that have been a boon to their mental health, particularly this last year and some.
(Lest anyone worry, the prescription works and I am largely without complaint. I feel "normal," and have weathered the pandemic well. I should also give credit to The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, which I recommend to anyone.)