Each day has its events that are celebrated every year. These days might be related to art, science, or literary events. Similarly, March 2 is also celebrated every year, but it is not related to art or science. It is related to awareness, love, and kindness. So, on March 2, we celebrate World Teen Mental Wellness Day and Dr. Seuss Day.
World Teen Mental Wellness Day
From the past year, the entire has come to a standstill. None of us thought that all our world would be paused by the coronavirus. In these Covid-19 times, anxiety, depression, and loneliness became everyone’s experience. So, on March 2, we celebrate World Teen Mental Health Wellness Day. The main aim to celebrate this day is to create awareness among teenagers. Also, to give knowledge about releasing the stigma attached to mental illness. According to the statistics of the American Psychology Association, the mental health condition of Gen Z is scaring than of any generation. However, Covid-19 brings more awareness to people for their health (both physical and mental). Thus, raising awareness regarding mental health will result in the improvement of the whole generation’s mental health.
This World Teen Mental Wellness Day was started by Hollister in 2020. Hollister is an organization whose initiative is to raise awareness and funds about the ongoing world issues to help teenagers. This is the first day which is primarily for the mental wellness of teenagers. From the year 2020, it was confirmed that this day will celebrate every year.
How to celebrate?
The initiative by Hollister encourages teens all over the world to use March 2 as an opportunity to raise awareness. Hollister also encourages them to practice self-love and let their self-doubt quiet with the help of some techniques:
• Take a blissful journey within nature to rewire your mental health. (e.g. exercise)
• First learn to love yourself to love others!! (if you can’t learn to love yourself, then how you’re going to love someone else?)
• Check with your friends and family to help them.
Hollister also promotes an online campaign that invites teens to tweet and post on Instagram with #WorldTeenMentalWellnessDay on March 2. They announce that $1 will be donated to the Hollister fund for the first 12,000 posts.
National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)
Dr. Seuss day (also National Read Across America Day) celebrated yearly on March 2 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Although it’s not only about Seuss’ birthday, also to celebrate his legacy and work. The Dr. Seuss day focuses on encouraging reading among children from school age. This day (March 2) calls out every youth and child from the entire U.S. to celebrate reading wherever they are. Thus, there are some ways to inspire reading among children:
• Make a read list of books for yourself. Every book has its meaning!! So, read a book every day for an hour from your read list.
• Visit your nearby library often for some time. By visiting a library, children will learn how to use the library. Also, they will develop a love for reading.
• Read to children. No matter how old they are, in what standard they are, read some good books to them. Reading aloud will improve their vocabulary. Also, have your children read. Generally, children acquire things they see in their daily life. If they see you reading a newspaper or book, surely, they will make it a habit. Who knows you will learn something as learning has no limit!!
History of Dr. Seuss Day
Theodor Seuss Geisel was a cartoonist and writer, who was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. As a start of his career, he works for a humor magazine at Dartmouth College. His work was going well that he became the Editor-in-chief of the publication. Despite this, the publication forces him to resign because he was drinking in the office. Although, This did not stop his career.
At the time of the Second World War, he drew about 400 political cartoons for the New York-based daily newspaper, “PM”. Then he also wrote movies for the U.S. Air Force. Later, he works for the most famous part of his career. He became a writer for children’s books until his death. To celebrate his legacy, the National Education Association decides to encourage reading on his birthday (March 2) as Dr. Seuss Day. The first National Read Across America Day was celebrated on March 2, 1998.
How to celebrate?
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s day. A lot of schools in the United States conduct a group reading session on this day. You can also find such events, or you can also go to your nearby library and read one of your favorite books. More importantly, if you can read the book with a child, then it will be beneficial for a child too. One of the other ways is that you can write your own creative story. A man who compiles several books which are full of funny rhymes and capturing situations. You can use his books as your inspiration. Even if you do not know where to start, just don’t worry!! You can start a word by taking yourself into a creative ride of ideas.
Yes!! Finally, we can not miss an important and memorable way to celebrate, to choose one of Dr. Seuss’ books. There are several books, but what about choosing the less popular ones?? Probably, there are some of the books which you have not read yet, or you have not heard the name of the book. So, the books which you can read to celebrate Dr, Seuss’s legacy and work, are The Butter Battle Book and Bartholomew.
Reading and mental wellness are important parts of our life. On March 2, we celebrate self-love and reading with World Teen Mental Wellness Day and Dr. Seuss day. So, on March 2, to celebrate these days switch your devices off and go outside. Enjoy reading your favorite book by walking barefoot on the grass of your garden. Thus, reading can help you to be sane and mindful in these Covid-19 times.