A modern refresh of the hit animated series of the same name, Clone High follows a high school for clones of the greatest minds in history.
Twenty years after the original experiment was put on ice, Joan, JFK, Abe, and Cleo have been thawed out to resume school with their new clone classmates — all while navigating a new set of cultural norms and overly dramatic teen relationships.
In episode 3, titled “Anxious Times At Clone High”, we see the clones experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety at the hands of some malicious outside forces. Yes, even clones get stressed!
The anxiety we see them experiencing comes from a range of different sources, including pressure to perform well at school, relationship expectations, and miscommunication between friends — things we can likely all relate to.
Though it can sometimes feel like we all have a Heebie Jeebie trying to get the better of us, it’s important to remember that if you are struggling with anxiety — you’re not alone, and there are resources available.
Explore this page to learn more about anxiety, how to use coping mechanisms in your daily life, and ways to reach out for help if we’re struggling.
Most of us experience stress and anxiety in our lives. Although stress and anxiety are related, it’s important to understand the differences so we can identify and manage those feelings when they arise. Stress is a response to an external cause, and at healthy levels, stress can be helpful by motivating us or pushing us to take better care of ourselves.
On the other hand, anxiety comes from an internal place and is our reaction to that stress. If stress says “The test is tomorrow and you need to study”, anxiety says “You’ve waited too long, you’re going to fail and that’s going to mess up your plans for the future.” Anxiety often leans into the worse case scenario, can be extremely overwhelming, and can interfere with our ability to take the actions to feel better.
Coping With Anxiety
Tools like the ones here can help us manage, reduce and prevent anxiety.
If anxiety is overwhelming and/or ongoing, mental health professionals can help us find the right treatment plan.
Laughter Is The Best Medicene
The Mayo Clinic reports that a good laugh has powerful short and long-term effects on our physical and mental health. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just unburden you mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body.
In the short term, laughter can:
Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
In the long term, laughter can:
Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your stress, depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier. It can also improve your self-esteem.
Below, explore some podcasts that tackle mental health with humor and heart.
Panic Attacking: Comedy & Anxiety Podcast
Comedians tell relatable and funny stories of what gave them anxiety this week and answer your anxiety questions.
Comedian Jen Kirkman who has had life-long Panic and Generalized Anxiety Disorder brings her life-lessons, humor, and hope to a show that’s about normalizing having anxiety.
Hilarious World of Depression
A show about clinical depression…with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe.
Mental Illness Happy Hour
Comedian Paul Gilmartin hosts a weekly, hour-long podcast that includes interviews with artists, friends and the occasional doctor.
The show is geared towards anyone interested in or affected by depression, addiction and other mental challenges which are so prevalent in the creative community.
Paul’s hope is that the show will give people a place to connect, smile and feel the return of hope.
Support Your Friends
Friends are often the first to notice when we’re not feeling our best and can play an important role in helping us speak up and find ways to feel better.
Click the button below to learn about signs that one of your friends might be struggling, tips on how to reach out and what to say, and ways to ask for help if you need it.
Need help now?
If you’re struggling and need to talk to someone, you’re not alone. There are lots of free, confidential resources available 24/7.