Today’s quick stress buster is going to be a lot of fun. I’m recommending that you lose yourself in a good book, movie, or even a few episodes of your favorite TV show. That’s right, I’m 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.
Great Mental Escapes
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.
Pick Your Relief
Here’s what I 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 bookstore, or head on over to Netflix, Hulu, 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 I mentioned earlier pick something light and fun. Don’t judge yourself. If reading a trashy romance novel or watching River Monsters 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.
Don’t Miss A Thing
In case you missed one of the emails and posts, here are the tips I’ve shared so far:
Day 1 Welcome And How Relaxing More Can Help Reduce Stress
Day 2 The Dangers of Stress
Day 3 The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation
Day 4 Quick Stress Buster: Take a Nap
Day 5 How To Know That You’re Too Stressed
Day 6 Quick Stress Buster – Take A Breath
Day 7 Not a Paradox – Relax and Get More Done
Day 8 Quick Stress Buster – Go For A Walk
Day 9 Are you putting yourself first?
Day 10 – Have You Tried Meditation?
Day 11 – Work Hard & Play Hard
Day 12 – Stress Buster: Plant Something
Day 13 – The Value Of Doing Nothing At All
Day 14 – Quick Stress Buster: Start Journaling
Day 15 – Your Stuff May Be Stressing You Out