Watching Childhood Cartoons for Stress Relief


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Hattie Colegrove, Reporter

Many teenagers are extremely stressed in today’s society. With the pressures of fitting in, becoming a responsible adult, making good grades, learning to drive and cook, or whatever your troubles may stem from, teenagers almost constantly stay stressed. Along with that, everyone has something that relieves that stress. It can be something you consider your comforting relief. A lot of people I know have comfort characters, shows, movies, music, anything. I myself have many comfort characters and shows.

A while ago, probably late November, I began my own little experiment without all the formalities and such, but I figured maybe my stress levels would decrease a bit if I watched the cartoons I loved as a child. I remember each night before bed watching the Amazing World of Gumball on the couch. So I started there. I watched some of Gumball and loved every minute of it. It made me remember the days when I felt like a child, playing about, and not really having a care in the world.

Next I tried watching a cartoon I didn’t watch as a child. Adventure Time, and let me say it was the best decision ever. I’m more in love with Adventure Time than I would have ever guessed. I love the bright color scheme, the character personalities, the storylines. Everything is lighthearted yet entertaining. It gave me something to feel happy about, and to feel good while watching.

If you’re looking to relieve some stress, I would most definitely recommend watching cartoons. You are never too old if it makes you happy. Ignore the criticism and do yourself a favor because it may help in the long run. Also don’t forget there are many more cartoons than I mentioned. If you’re looking for more colors and patterns, Chowder may be the best for you. If you’re looking for extreme nostalgia, maybe you would enjoy the old Looney Toons, Animaniacs, or Tom and Jerry. The possibilities are endless.