Dealing With Mental Health: Sometimes Laughter is the Best Medicine
Dealing with mental health doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes, just taking a few minutes to laugh at social media posts is enough to boost your mood.
There’s lots of advice out there about how to deal with mental health struggles, but sometimes, just taking a minute to laugh is enough to shake off the blues and make it through the day. To help with this, here’s a roundup of some funny social media accounts to follow next time you need some low-effort serotonin.
Social Media Accounts We Love to Deal With Mental Health:
- Katie Florence’s #TheKouncil
- Jonny Devaney’s dog breed humor
- Nathan W Pyle’s Strange Planet comics
- MoonPie’s ongoing social media beef with the sun
1. Katie Florence (@katieflorence on TikTok; @the.kouncil on Instagram)
Katie Florence makes funny, relatable videos about life, dating and friendships. In her videos, Florence plays a group of characters (collectively called The Kouncil) that each represent a different part of her psyche (e.g., Brain, Heart, Logic, Anxiety). Her comedy skits are a lighthearted way to highlight the importance of mental health, and they show that using laughter as therapy really can work.
2. Jonny Devaney (@jauncydev on Instagram)
Jonny Devaney is well-known for his hilarious skits about how different dog breeds would behave if they were people. If you like dogs and need a laugh, you’ll find that his Instagram and TikTok accounts are the perfect escape on those days you’re struggling to feel like a person. Bonus: He also has an adorable Samoyed who features in some of his videos!
3. Nathan Pyle’s Strange Planet (@nathanwpylestrangeplanet on Instagram)
Comic artist Nathan W. Pyle’s ongoing series about a group of blue “beings” is equal parts funny, sweet, wholesome and relatable. His comics take everyday human situations, including emotional struggles, and add a bit of mental health humor to show that we’re not alone in our thoughts and feelings.
Once you start reading these comics, don’t be surprised if you find yourself using the same phrases as the beings for everyday objects! (For example, they call salads “leaf buckets” and parents “lifegivers.”) When you check out the Strange Planet Instagram, you’ll also see other cute and funny comics that often involve animals and puns.
4. MoonPie’s Social Media (@MoonPie on Twitter; @theoriginalmoonpie on TikTok and Instagram)
First of all, if you’ve never experienced the delicious snack that is a MoonPie, do yourself a favor and grab one (or a whole box) next time you’re at the store. Until then, go follow MoonPie on all of their social media accounts.
I stumbled across their socials one day and lost at least 45 minutes scrolling through their posts and laughing so hard I was crying. Whoever is in charge of their social media is doing something right, because their posts are witty, funny and constantly hating on the sun (because of course they hate the sun!).
5. Jahid Wilson Jr. (@hidithescribe on TikTok)
If you love books (or find yourself constantly scrolling #booktok), then you definitely need to follow this account. He has an ongoing series of funny videos about finding a “bookstore baddie” (aka a pretty, smart girl who loves reading), and, as a lifelong bookworm, I can tell you from experience that his videos are both spot-on and great for a laugh. He gets it, girls. Guys, take notes.
Laughter Can Improve Our Lives (and Our Moods)
It’s not always easy to know how to deal with mental health struggles. In my experience, it’s best to have a wide range of tools in your “mental health toolbox” so that you have lots of ways to get through those tough days. Sometimes, adding a little more laughter to your life is enough to lift your mood and keep you moving forward.