Quick Stress Buster: Lose Yourself in a Book or Movie

Day 15 of our 30 Day Stress Reduction and Relaxation Challenge

A good book or movie is a great way to relax.

When was the last time you completely lost yourself in a good book, movie, or TV show? It’s incredibly indulgent and relaxing … and it’s something you should make time for. It may seem like a waste of time, or something you should be feeling guilty about. It isn’t and we’ll prove it to you in today’s stress busting blog post.

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Today’s quick stress buster is going to be a lot of fun. We’re recommending that you lose yourself in a good book, movie, or even a few episodes of your favorite TV show. That’s right, we’re giving you permission to play hooky and watch a movie or a trashy novel. Just be lazy. This isn’t about reading a book that’s on Oprah’s book club list or watching a thought-provoking movie. It’s about taking a break and losing yourself in something light and fun.

Books and movies are great mental escapes. Sometimes when we find ourselves in a particularly stressful situation, we need a little time-out. It’s perfectly fine to take a break and spend a few hours forgetting about your troubles and problems. You’ll come back out of it refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life throws at you. Don’t be surprised that you’ll quickly make up the time you spent on this quick stress buster when you get back.

After a little mental break you’ll be ready to dive back in with renewed energy and drive. This allows you to easily make up the time “lost”. Even when that’s not the case, it will still have been worth it to get some peace for a little while and de-stress.

Here’s what we want you to do today. Start by deciding if you’d rather read or listen to a book, or if you prefer a movie or TV show. With that first choice made, it’s time to pick something to get lost in. Browse your bookshelf, head to the library or bookshop, or head on over to Netflix, or Amazon Prime and find something good to watch, read, or listen to. For audiobooks, Audible.com is a personal favorite. You can also find and download all sorts of great books to your kindle or smartphone from amazon and even your local library. In short, you have lots of option. Your hardest job right now will be to pick something.

Don’t overthink it. When you find something you think you’ll like go for it. As we mentioned earlier pick something light and fun. Don’t judge yourself. If reading a trashy romance novel or watching the Real Housewives of Cheshire is your thing, go for it. This is for you and for you alone. Don’t try to educate yourself or make it a cultural experience. You want something you can completely lose yourself in and not worry about anything else. Go find it and then spend a couple of hours de-stressing.

Day 15’s Stress-busting Mantra is “Worrying today is borrowing from tomorrow”

Stress Buster

We’re already past the half point in this challenge. How are you doing? Is this helpful?

P.S.: Do you know someone that would like to get these tips too and join this challenge? Send them over to our Facebook group to join us.

In case you missed one of our posts, here is what we’ve shared so far:

Day 1 – The Dangers of Stress

Day 2 – The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation

Day 3 – Quick Stress Buster: Take A Nap

Day 4 – How To Know That You’re Too Stressed

Day 5 – Quick Stress Buster: Take a Breath

Day 6 – Taking Time to Relax Actually Helps You Get More Done

Day 7 – Quick Stress Buster: Go For A Walk

Day 8 – Yourself Before You Can Take Care Of Everyone Else

Day 9 – Quick Stress Buster: Try Meditation

Day 10 – Work Hard and Play Hard

Day 11 – Quick Stress Buster: Plant Something

Day 12 – The Value of Doing Nothing At All

Day 13 – Quick Stress Buster: Start Journaling

Day 14 – Your Stuff May Be Stressing You Out


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