Gone are the days that we had to run to the kitchen or the loo during ad breaks. With streaming services, on demand and digital recording, the world is at our finger tips. Now we have the ability to watch what we want, when we want and it’s glorious. When thinking about our mental health film and TV can be a fantastic way to unwind, relax and partake in a little self-care.
We all need to escape the confines of our reality from time to time. Life is not just busy, but can be challenging at times. We experience stress, anxiety and can become overwhelmed with day to day living.
Escaping in to a good film and TV show can be just the ticket in these situations. Allowing us to delve into worlds we would otherwise never experience. Walking in the shoes of characters that live vastly different existences to ourselves.
Much like reading, visual entertainment can help us to find moments of complete disconnection from our reality. This benefits our minds by giving them the break that they need from problems we may be experiencing or even just mundane living. Whilst our brains will be processing information in the background, like computers do, we won’t be focused on the issues. Instead we might be on a pirate ship sailing the high seas, solving murders or travelling through time.
Mindfulness is all about being present, being in the moment with whatever you are doing. Watching TV is a great way to exercise mindfulness as your attention is on the screen, characters and events unfolding.
Whether you want to sit down with some popcorn and spend a little time watching a good film or binge watch your favourite series!
Focus & Concentration
Unlike reading, watching a show or movie provides a continual stream of information that is both audio and visual. This helps the brain as is becomes focused on the images and sound input that it sees and hears. This can help reduce anxiety and stress, making it easier for you to concentrate.
The biggest factor when settling down for a little me time in the entertainment department, it definitely distraction.
The world and life is overwhelming as we’ve discussed. Our brains are constantly processing and assessing the issues that we are faced with. We may have every intention of taking time out and not focusing on our worries, but our brains could have other plans.
Indulging in a new documentary, exciting blockbuster or engaging series can provide that distraction. Giving our brains an alternate focus, one that requires it to be occupied and therefore leaving those worries for
Of course, nothing is better for our mental health and wellbeing, than having a bit of fun. Whilst people may say you should read a book, exercise or do something creative, its about what engages you. If you enjoy watching travel programs, serial killer documentaries or fiction set in far off, magical lands, there is nothing wrong in film and TV being your go to self-care activity.
Life is short, embrace what you enjoy and live it to the fullest, that way your mental health will always have that boost!
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