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My Journey with Depression over the Last Four Years: An Anecdote.
By Emma Sidel/ Editor-in-Chief of the Corner Canyon Chronicle
Recognition. That’s what I was missing four years ago. When I was diagnosed with depression in eighth grade, I didn’t know what was going on. My memories are blurry because my mindset was blurry. I couldn’t identify the root of the problem other than my recently diagnosed mental illness. The tool I needed then was to recognize my behaviors and their effect on my mental health. Later, I realized that my mental health started to affect my physical health. After I started high school, I would get so stressed I’d feel sick. The issue was, I never recognized the correlation between the two. I never once thought that I wasn’t feeling well because I was stressed, because in my mind, mental and physical health were completely separate.
Fast forward-- now it’s eleventh grade. My depression was at an all-time high, but I had no idea why, spending hours crying in my room. I have come to realize that it wasn’t all depression: feelings are a massive piece of my mental health puzzle.
For me, depression is not the same thing as feeling sad. Depression is hopelessness, sluggishness, a complex feeling of worthlessness. It feels like I am just floating through life with no real purpose. According to Merriam-Webster, sadness is “[being] affected with or expressive of grief or unhappiness.” To be unhappy is much less complex than to be depressed. Sadness often goes away with time, but depression loiters in the hollows of your mind. I have realized throughout my high school career that recognizing behaviors and patterns is the key for my mental health.
For me, I never saw the difference between my depression and sadness. I often confused the two, therefore improperly responding to my situation. After looking at my past behaviors, I can tell when I am depressed, and when I am sad. I know that I’m not “just sad” because of a few things: I feel disconnected, my feelings continue for more than a few days, I don’t care about the outcomes of my decisions. Being able to recognize my feelings is what allows me to properly respond. I know that if I am depressed, I should make an appointment with my therapist, talk to my doctor, talk to my parents. A junior at CCHS (who has asked to remain anonymous) says she recognizes that she’s depressed when she “can’t come up with a… reason [for her feelings].”
Mental health is important for everyone-- even those without a diagnosed mental illness. Everyone should look at their behaviors and analyze what helps them and what hurts them, omitting unnecessary pain. Everyone copes and feels differently, but in the end, make sure you are doing what’s best for you and your mental health.
Confounding Coffee Creations: Coffee Art
By Emma Sidel/Editor-in-Chief of the Corner Canyon Chronicle
But first, coffee. Caffeine is the center of many people’s morning routines; however, presentation matters now more than ever. For some, a regular cup of joe (or a few cups) is all they want at the crack of dawn, but for others, coffee art is a part of the experience.
Recently, South Korean Barista, Lee KangBin, has been making international news with his extravagant coffee art-- or as he calls it, Creamart, according to Ellen Scott from metro.co.uk. Lee uses a variety of colors of thick foam and a plethora of tiny tools to create his intricate designs, as can be seen on his Instagram @leekangbin91. There, he posts photos and videos of his creations at Cafe C. for the world to see.
Another artist, Barista Kazuki Yamamoto from Japan, has delved into three dimensional foam art. He has created artworks such as a kitten diving its paws into a koi pond and staring at the fish, as well as 2-D foam interpretations of various Peanuts characters and E.T. from the 1980’s film E.T. More of his whimsical artworks can be seen on his Twitter @george_10g.
But, coffee art can be done with more than just foam. Daphne Tan from Singapore has incorporated other materials into her coffee art: candy canes, artsy paper straws, and even POCKY! Her artworks are almost too adorable to drink. She has created many different characters including Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, Gudetama, Donald and Daisy Duck, the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland, and so many more. You can check out more of her creations on her Instagram @periperipeng.
In early 2017, Coffee by Di Bella in Mumbai created the “Gold” and “Diamond Cappuccinos” that took the Internet by storm. Instagram blew up with images of the “Diamond Cappuccino”, a cappuccino sprinkled with holographic glitter. These sparkly drinks are just two examples of the many cool creations: rocky road waffles, mango Oreo sundaes and cinnamon spice frappes. Check out their aesthetic pictures @coffeebydibella on Instagram.
From Creamart to holo garnish, coffee art has evolved immensely since the start of the practice, and the designs get more interesting and creative as coffee art perks up the trending scene.
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