Months on months we’ve been in lockdown, creating TikToks, picking up new cooking skills, exercising, binge watching Netflix series, or literally not doing anything productive. One major thing that kept us from going cuckoo is laughter and humor. Social media platforms have been flooded with online content depicting humor about life in general, Covid, and sarcastic remarks about grocery shopping and clubbing.
YouTube has had a surge in late-night TV hosts providing online comedic content as live shows were postponed. Production of late-night television talk shows was shut down; thus Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah are streaming their monologues online. These have become necessary in providing a mental health safety net for individuals living amid Covid-19 trauma, and medical experts say humor is a vital part of surviving the cascading catastrophe.
Is it really that important?
Humor is a balm for soothing nerves say mental health professionals, as such it decreases stress hormones. On top of that, clinical evidence shows high levels of stress can weaken immune systems. On the other hand, comedy can serve as mental armor to ensure safe passage through tragic times.
“It’s a really powerful way to manage the unmanageable. Just to make fun of it and to gain control by laughing at it.”psychologist Sean Truman of St. Paul, Minnesota.
So basically… we should all just laugh our pain away. Crack a few jokes with your friends, write some jokes online and share them on your Instagram stories. Have fun and let the madness fade away!
Questions about humor during Covid to discuss on Ohlelo:
- How has Covid affected your mental health?
- Have you managed to keep humor on the agenda during the pandemic?
- Does humor effectively lift your mood, even during hard times?
- Who are your favorite comedians when you need a laugh?