As I’m writing this, I’m having a bit of an anxious week. About…pretty much everything and anything. I grew up having extreme anxiety, mostly about things that I couldn’t control. Because if I could control them…well I’d fix it!
I quit a lot of social media as a way to be more productive, but if I’m honest a lot had to do with my anxiety. I’d read things that would make me anxious or sad and it would ruin my day, even though there was nothing I could do to fix it.
I don’t have anxiety nearly as bad nowadays but the way I cope is pretty much the same. Anytime that I’m having a particularly bad day, I spend most of my time in bed and tuning out the rest of the world. I will read, design, take many a shower, or my personal favorite: Watch all my favorite movies.
why and how they work
I love seeing movies in theaters. It’s the most in-depth I can get into a story with zero distractions. I can’t be on my phone, I’m shrouded in darkness, speakers blaring. I was transported and there was nothing else I could think about except what was happening on screen. And while watching movies at home doesn’t have the same in-depth effect, it still helps me tremendously.
Having something to focus on for an extended period allows my brain to stop wondering. And watching my favorite movies re-instills their values, hope, and beauty which I had felt I had lost when I was upset. Plus it’s generally a free remedy since I own all my favorite movies on DVD.
So, which movies do I turn to when I’m feeling particularly terrible?