Reading and movies are an escape for me. A brief reprieve from the stress and problems of everyday life. Every once in a while you need some time to take a “mental health break.”
When I read I try to picture the characters in my mind. I try to anticipate what they will do next. What the author is going to do with the plot. It is like I am watching a movie unfold in my mind, and it is quite relaxing. Book selection is critical. If you choose a book that you do not enjoy, you are likely to put it down and go back to what you are doing. If you choose a book that keeps you involved, you may have just planned ahead for an hour or two.
Choosing a movie can be stressful, but it does not have to be. Before approaching the movie collection, think about the mood you would like to have when the movie is complete. Do you want to be happy, excited, or laugh at yourself for jumping even though you saw it coming a mile away? If you just want an all around good ending with very little drama then family movies are your pool. If you want to feel jazzed and excited I would recommend a Disney Channel movie, preferably one of the musical ones. If you want to scare the bejeebers out of yourself, then horror is for you. If you want to jump, watch something you haven’t seen before in a dark room or at night. Just watch your liquids; maybe use a bottle or a cup with a lid.
The trick to taking a “mental health break” is to stop thinking. When watching a movie you are not thinking about the bills that have to be paid or the laundry that needs to be done. You are in the moment without a care in the world. You do not want to take too long of a break. An afternoon or a few hours are best.