Sunday, November 02, 2014

Tip#801: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 5 - Depression - Whiplash

I always get excited when I read about other people who find movies to be powerful tools for dealing with depression as I have countless times.  At this time of year (between October and April) a type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects people’s moods due to the lack of light and changes in season. This is a time when films can be of enormous assistance.

Therese J. Borchard is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes. She says…

“Among my strongest tools to combat depression is distraction. And one of the best distractions is watching a movie. Watching the right movie has an antidepressant effect, as it relieves the brain of the obsessive, ruminating, self-defeating loop for two consecutive hours. The brain can readjust a little during those 120 minutes and is a bit kinder when the film is over.”

Read her article “10 Movies to Uplift You From Depression”

Film critic Thom Ernst also credits the movies for bringing him back from a depression following a heart attack says…

 “I cannot underplay the role friends, family, and colleagues played in helping me through the depression. Movies are not in and of themselves the way out of a depression — they just happened to be one of the ways I got out of mine.”

Read his article, “How Movies Brought Me Out of the Darkness”

Whether you are going through depression or other difficult challenges in life or at work movies will always be there to help you get through when things look hopeless.

Whiplash (2014)

The music drama film, Whiplash, is about a young jazz drummer named Andrew Neyman who endures the intense mentorship of a perfectionist music conductor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). The high-energy music is fantastic and performances riveting while the story becomes very thought provoking about how far a person will go to achieve greatness. See: movie trailer

Neyman pushes his resilience to the extremes with the amount of abuse Fletcher inflicts on him to be the best drummer possible. Though his journey is visceral, heartbreaking and, at times, painful to watch Fletcher's resilience shines through and ultimately takes his power back.

I highly recommend this electrifying film to inspire you to find your inner strengths and resilience for enduring the challenges you face at work and in life!

Related Tips:
Tip#47: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 1 - 18 Movie Tips
Tip#689: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 2 – Riddick
Tip#741: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 3 – Film Critic Richard Crouse - Amazing Grace
Tip#742: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 4 – The Pianist
Tip#801: Resilience Is Your Hidden Super Power, Part 5 - Whiplash
Tip#134: You Can Bounce Back - Resiliency - Pixar's Boundin'
Tip#260: Be Resilient & Absolutely Confident - You’ve Got Mail
Tip#725: Focus & Resilience – Hunger Games: Catching Fire - 42
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Tip#810: Resilience Resources, Part 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A League of Their Own
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Mental Health - Mumford
Tip#813: Resilience Resources, Part 6 - 50 First Dates 
Tip#819: Resilience Resources, Part 7 - Wild 
Tip#822: Resilience Resources, Part 8 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tip#823: Resilience Resources, Part 9 – Super Bowl -Invincible
Tip#825: Resilience Resources, Part 10 – Mental Health & Healthcare - Big Hero 6
Tip#829: Resilience Resources, Part 11 – The Tartigrade – Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
Tip#830: Resilience Resources, Part 12 – Depression & Graham Moore - The Imitation Game 
Tip#833: Resilience Resources, Part 13 – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tip#834: Resilience Resources, Part 14 - Top 10 Movies for Inspiring Resilience in the Workplace
Tip#857: Resilience Resources, Part 15 - Instagram - Pitch Perfect 2
Tip#873: Resilience Resources, Part 16 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Tip#881: Resilience Resources, Part 17 - Love & Mercy
Tip#892: Resilience Resources, Part 18 – Problem Solving - The Martian 
Tip#896: Resilience Resources, Part 19 - Depression – J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tip#910: Resilience Resources, Part 20 – Depression – A Christmas Carol – It’s a Wonderful Life 


SEE MOVIES THAT MOTIVATE A to Z Check out your favourite movies listed alphabetical order: Click here 

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments

“Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong in Your Life & Career”
Read the Introduction and 1st Chapter now: Click here

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
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