seasonal affective disorder (SAD), I went to Toronto’s biggest Value Village Thrift Store and found some awesome treasures! I got these specific bowls and mugs because I loved the bright colours and design. The smaller bowl also had uplifting statements all around and inside as well.
Two days later I relapsed with severe SAD symptoms. But the bright orange of the coffee mugs, the beautiful ornate design of the soup bowls and the positive statements of the small white bowel brought my brain some precious joy in my darkness. Just looking at them fed my mind with positive thoughts and boosted positive feelings.
Normally, light penetrates the eye and is captured by the retina, which then transforms light energy into electric energy. The optic nerve transmits this energy to the brain where it is interpreted as images. Electrical signals produced by the retina also influence the chemical messengers in the brain called neurotransmitters, such as the mood regulating serotonin, and melatonin, which regulates daily cycles of wakening and sleep. It is at this level that light therapy proves beneficial.
Read more: “Retina may be the culprit in seasonal depression”
In my case I just know my positivity, moods and resilience are greatly improved through cinema therapy along with sunshine light therapy. Through my eyes I can feed my brain with stimulating and colourful scenes of a film. Here is a recent example.
Mortal Engines (2018)
The action adventure fantasy film, Mortal Engines, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where entire cities, like London, have been mounted on massive wheels and prey on one another. A mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), has the key to stop the evil Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving) from destroying other cities. She is helped by Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with outlaw Anna Fang (Jihae). This visually stunning movie also stars Leila George and Stephen Lang.
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I was also inspired by seeing many visible minorities in the cast in the second half of the film. The character of Anna Fang immediately establishes herself as an exciting kick-ass Asian hero! There is also an unexpected story I loved about Shrike (Stephen Lang) a robotic soldier. So despite what critics wrote about this movie I found it of great value and it kept me energized through a health challenge.
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