Superhero Mentality focuses on the positive mental health routines of different comic characters and a dedication to fitness is an important part of Hercules’ routine. Marvel’s Lion Of Olympus has spent centuries defending the world from the forces of evil with his superhuman strength and godly skillset. But even a god can’t afford to be complacent.
That’s why Hercules’ mental health routine is based on promoting strength in the mind as well as strength in the body. This is achieved through training with the right technique and adopting an attitude that values mental fortitude.
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If there’s one silver lining about being in lockdown it’s that there’s extra time. There’s time to develop new routines and carving out a part of your day for exercise is a great habit to add into your schedule. If you’re someone who prefers to work out at home you can still push yourself in the same way that you would in the gym and there’s the opportunity to get creative with how you train and push yourself to the limit like the Ancient Spartans did.
The stuff of legend, Spartan soldiers were known for their resiliency and bravery. They trained under extreme conditions and turned themselves into the ultimate warriors. So, what went into Spartan training and how can you embody it in a lockdown workout?
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For those who’ve been reading The Comic Vault for a while, you’ll have seen that mental health is a major pill of the site’s content and was always intended to be a vital talking point from the start. By viewing mental health through the lens of comics and popular culture, I wanted to help destigmatise topics like anxiety, depression and suicide and normalise the conversation.
In 2020, finding a positive mental health routine has become even more important and through my own experiences this year it’s inspired me to want to combine mental health and comics in a new way and that has led to the creation of the Instagram channel A Superhero Mentality.
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As a classic member of Batman’s rogue gallery, Mr Freeze is one of the Dark Knight’s most prolific enemies. Starting off as a throw-away character called Mr Zero in the 1960s, Freeze was transformed into a more complex character in Batman: The Animated Series.
Victor Fries became a scientist who was fascinated with cryogenics. He fell in love with a woman called Nora, but after learning that she’d contracted a fatal illness, Victor was determined to find he cure.
He froze Nora in suspended animation, only to have his experiments ruined by his boss, Ferris Boyle. The interference caused an explosion, which lowered Victor’s body temperature to the point he could only survive with a special suit. Vowing revenge on Boyle, Mr Freeze turned to a life of crime.
Freeze’s tragic origin story ties into his desire to bring his wife back to life. In his quest to cure Nora’s disease, Freeze has done terrible things in the name of love. Other times, Freeze has been so focused on his cryogenic research that he’s killed anyone who stood in his way, but sometimes his cold-hearted nature can take things to the extreme, to the point where he’s cemented himself as not just one of Batman’s greatest adversaries, but also his most ruthless.
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Transitions are a natural part of life. They are transformative moments that make us reevaluate the path we’re walking and move in a new direction for better or worse. Transitions connect people from across the world, young, old, poor, rich, and 2020 has been a year where many of us have had to adapt to changing circumstances.
Bruce Feiler’s Life Is In The Transitions: Mastering Change At Any Age is a timely book that delves into the process of reframing your life story and coming out stronger. From sharing the personal tales of 225 people from across America, to explaining transition superpowers and kryptonite, this book reveals some great insight into personal development.
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The superhero code name Ms Marvel carries a lot of weight in the Marvel Universe, symbolising the same level of responsibility as titles like Captain America or Captain Marvel. There’s a legacy of strong female characters taking up the mantle, which started with Carol Danvers and more recently passed to Kamala Khan.
Sharon Ventura also went by the title of Ms Marvel and while she’s a lesser-known character she is deserving of the moniker. Ventura has been through a lot in her superhero career, dealing with the trauma of rape, low-self esteem, depression and body dysmorphia. The story of the forgotten Ms Marvel deserves to be told.
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Empathy is one of the greatest traits to have. It’s how we connect to each other, understanding different viewpoints or the emotions of others. In some sense, empathy could be considered a superpower because it helps people transform the world around them by altering the experience of someone else for better or worse.
A good example of using empathy is to understand the emotions of a friend and being able to console them. On the other hand, it’s possible to become overwhelmed by the emotion of another person, taking on those same feelings, damaging your own wellbeing.
Empathy control is a skill that can be learned and a character that comes to mind for this process is Luna Maximoff. Born with the power to read and alter emotions, Luna has faced a lot of challenges in her life.
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Poor mental health is an experience that everyone has gone through at some point in their life. Even superheroes and gods aren’t immune to feelings of doubt and low self-esteem, with Thor being a prime example. The God of Thunder has battled depression, unworthiness and a loss of identity, highlighting that even the most powerful characters need to find coping mechanisms to restore their sense of self-belief.
Superhero Mentality focuses on positive mental health habits that different characters use as part of their daily routine and Thor’s approach combines a mixture of fitness, socialising and respect for his heritage. Continue reading “Superhero Mentality: Thor”
Current television’s role in mass media carries considerable clout when it comes to informing and shaping public perceptions. Characters portrayed on the screen can quickly become stereotypes when certain themes keep repeating from show to show. Unfortunately, this appears to be the case with current television’s depiction of mental illness.
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One comic character I have grown to have a lot of respect for is the Martian Manhunter. While usually compared to Superman for their powers I think where the comparisons truly lie is in the topic of immigration. Superman was raised on Earth from infancy, never truly growing up as an alien. J’onn J’onzz meanwhile was born and raised on Mars with a job and was raising a family. In the Silver Age, Mars wasn’t yet a desolate wasteland and J’onn coming to Earth is more akin to going abroad.
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