People often merit the appeal of K-dramas to the alluring visuals of the leads, romantic plots, jarring cliffhangers, and close-ups of mouthwatering K-food! But dig a little further, and you’d find a deeper allegiance connecting the viewers to the dramas.
Kdramas reflect relatable daily-life situations, explore the complexities of the simplest of bonds, and render these in a raw and intimate manner. Viewers can’t help but ride the roller-coaster of emotions along with the characters, the definite ending leaving them with valuable takeaways and fresher perspectives on life.
Before mental health started being destigmatized, Kdramas had already taken the progressive lead. Routinely establishing median themes around mental health and related issues, the Kdrama industry played the torchbearer in sparking discussions on mental health and eulogizing it.
In a world where the definition of normal is grossly distorted, Kdramas serve as a warm hug, assuring you that you are perfect just the way you are, and “It’s okay to not be okay”.
On this World Mental Health Day, we bring you a list of our drama recommendations that will comfort you on days that seem a ~little~ tougher than others.
1. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay- For when you seek healing, comfort, and assurance while battling your demons.
Undeniably the most popular and trending KDrama in the world right now, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay addresses a myriad of unexplored mental health issues with expertise and heartwarming emotion. Let Gang Tae, Sang Tae, and Mun Yeong take you along as they help each other overcome their traumas and create their own happiness through a journey of self-love.
2. Kill Me Heal Me- For when you feel trapped, unloved, and helpless.
While exploring an eccentric relation between a psychiatrist and a Chaebol heir suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, this drama contains its fair share of heavy conversations around mental health and social awareness. This drama is sure to have you feeling fuzzy and introspective for days, but with a welcome addition of crack humour.
3. Itaewon Class- For when you’re feeling lonely, enraged, and demotivated.
This drama finds its intrigue in themes of revenge, racism, relationships, chasing dreams, and perseverance through youngsters in present-day Seoul. In a never before seen avatar, Park Seo Joon is the perfect protagonist as Park Sae-Ro-Yi. This feel-good drama is sure to keep you on your edge throughout, giving you that much-needed motivational boost. (P.S. The OST substitutes for an extremely wholesome playlist encompassing every mood).
4. Welcome To Waikiki/ Laughter in Waikiki- For when you need to laugh your worries away.
A hilarious tale of three zany boys with big dreams getting themselves in the whackiest of situations, this drama will have you involuntarily grinning from ear to ear. The drama employs the device of character development injected with quality humour and is a must in your bad day healing starter pack.
5. Hospital playlist- For that much-needed Serotonin boost.
On days when you just need an unmistakably good series to curl up in bed with, Hospital Playlist should be your pick. This slice-of-life drama explores the inherent goodness of friendship, relatable struggles, and complex sentiments in an action-packed hospital setting.
6. Chocolate- For when you’re suffering from loss and regret.
If you loved Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite”, this is the drama for you. Shot in aesthetically appealing settings, this drama uses time gap, food, and social divides to explore a melancholic and romantic unfolding of the lives of two individuals with a shared connection.
7. Be melodramatic- For an unfiltered, raw, and emotional pick-me-up.
This quirky, humorous tale of three idiosyncratic female leads is as real as it gets when it comes to perfectly representing navigation through the mess that is life. A must watch on days when unrealistic plots just won’t cut it, be prepared for a roller coaster ride of crude emotion.
8. Flower boy next door- For when you feel atypical and inconsequential.
An unconventional plot of events follows as a wallflower of a girl, Dok-Mi, who is caught spying secretly on her neighbour. Intertwining the lives of three neighbours with an array of sentiments, this drama packs electric chemistry and delineates on anomalous themes and characters. A perfect remedial accompaniment on days when you feel restrained and timid.
Disclaimer: Please note that while dramas can cheer and uplift you, they are not a substitute for professional help or a cure. If you are experiencing signs of mental distress or helplessness, please reach out and seek help from a professional healthcare provider without delay.
We hope you enjoy these recommendations! What are your favourite dramas to watch when you’re feeling a certain way? Drop your healing recommendations in the comments!