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Quick Stress Buster: Lose Yourself In A Book Or Movie

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.

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 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 options. 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.

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