Daily Dose of Sunshine season 1 was a show that was bound to start some very important conversations. That means that though the show has ended on a decent note, there is scope for the conversation to continue in season 2, which is yet to be announced. One of the best things about Daily Dose of Sunshine was that it represented mental health as a journey. There are good days, bad days, and days that pretty much run on autopilot. A further discussion on those topics would be in everybody’s interest.
But before we get to that, let us take a look at Deul Re and Yeo Hwan’s love story. These two have had their fair share of hurdles, and the current one is the pressure to keep up a long-distance relationship. While they are going strong, there are bound to be some issues. We suppose Yeo Hwan was the only one in the show who we saw as not having problems. It would be nice if he was humanized a bit, and we got a look at everything that he struggled with in life as well. Then there is Deul Re. She has lived life a certain way till now, being scared of what may happen next and how she would cope with it. The problems may have ended in her life, but we cannot assume that they will no longer affect how she acts. It wouldn’t be easy for Deul Re to simply let her hair down and change her personality. The kind of job she has taken requires her to have a fair bit of social skills. Deul Re knows her way around people, but they are mostly patients in a hospital. It would be interesting to see how she learns to let out her charming side and adapt to the job. Also, she is completely broke. There is no saying how that issue will play into her relationship again. She may not want to quit her job on the cruise, but how long will Yeo Hwan and Deul Re be able to continue with the long distance, especially if it is a matter of their entire lives?
Next, we have to think about Yu Chan. He had drawn a hard line that he wouldn’t work beyond his hours, and the other employees seemed to respect that. But as we know, that is far too ideal to be real. The thing is that most people don’t work extra hours because they want to. It is due to a sense of competition that demands the employees dedicate their body and soul to the job. While Yu Chan’s co-workers may understand why he chooses to leave early, they will definitely feel that it is unfair. Should we assume that the entire company goes through a culture shift because Yu Chan took a stand, or will we see some of the harsher realities that people with mental health issues deal with?
Secondly, one of the important discussions surrounding mental health is the state of the patients’ partners. Go Yun was shown as someone very understanding, but we doubt it is as simple as that. Relationships are about communication, and on the off days of mental health, that is often the hardest thing to do. Go Yun may be a doctor, but he may feel frustrated by it. We saw the journey of self-doubt that Da Eun went through despite working with mental health patients in such close quarters. She was supposed to be the most open-minded about herself, but the moment she was on the other side of the coin, she was hit with a barrage of conditioning she did not know she had in her. What is to say that Go Yun wouldn’t go through something similar? Also, he may understand it, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t need help with it. We would really like to see this part of community mental health explored in Daily Dose of Sunshine season 2.
Moving on, there is another person’s story that really struck a chord with us. We saw how Soo Yeon was struggling to manage her home and her job. Yet, we never saw her husband take on the same amount of stress as she did. He was shown to be helping out often, but it was clear that it was Soo Yeon’s responsibility more than anything. Will the second season of the show address how sexism affects women’s mental health? This is an additional burden that most women have to bear, of which the men of society are exempt. We would like to see this talked about in the show.
Another thing that we are very curious about is how the therapists discuss their patients with other therapists. From what we know, patients’ information is mostly confidential. But, like some doctors who swap notes to discuss how they may better help patients, do therapists also do something similar? Additionally, when therapists seek therapy for themselves, how do they discuss the exhaustion or any resulting mental health issues resulting from their own job? These are things we are extremely curious about. We would also like to see the journey of finding the right therapist explored. This matter is not discussed enough, but patients often find that they work best with specific therapists, either someone who has had similar life experiences or has a different approach to their problems. It can be an emotional labor to find the right therapist, and we really want to see this explored. It can answer so many things that people are curious about in regards to mental health.
While these are still topics that the hospital staff, in particular, has to deal with, we may get to see other mental health situations discussed by the patients. Why not address the problems that neurodivergent people face and how that affects their levels of anxiety and depression? That part of the mental health experience is begging for representation, and it would be wonderful to see it taken up by Daily Dose of Sunshine season 2. There is still a lot more that a second season of this show can bring to the table. The topic of mental health is far from over, and we really hope that the story will be continued in the future.