Hey everyone! Hope your March 2018 is off to a great start. Today’s post is a little different from my usual stuff but I still feel it’s important in it’s own way.
I find it difficult to relax. When I have time off I get pounding uncomfortable feeling in my chest and in my stomach and most of the time it won’t go away unless I do something productive. While that’s good sometimes, other times I just need to accept that I have down time and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve been unemployed until recently, which has given me a lot more free time than I’m used to. With essays coming out my ears and a job hunt that seemed to be going nowhere, I needed something comforting to distract me from the anxiety that made me want to go straight to the highlands of Scotland to scream.
In no particular order, here are 5 TV shows that helped ground me when I was anxious.
Superheroes, aliens, and an abundance of female characters? I loved it from the beginning. It’s just the right mix of cheesy, action, and heartbreak that made it so enjoyable to sit down and watch when i was feeling overwhelmed. There are a lot of complex characters and plot lines that kept the “just one more episode!” voice in my head going. All of the episodes so far can be found on Now TV.
2. The Good Place
The Good Place is just so much fun. Each episode is 20 minutes so a binge doesn’t have to take up the whole night. Each character has an interesting backstory and the settings are so colourful and strange it is just an absolute delight for the eyes. Eleanor the main character finds herself in The Good Place after dying on earth…the thing is, she shouldn’t be there! You can find it on Netflix.
3. One Day at a Time
Another 20 minute episode sitcom that is easy to binge on! One Day at a Time centres on a Cuban family living in the US and the challenges they face. It’s comedy style is so delightful and you will fall in love with all the characters. They tackle some very serious topics as well including racism, depression, and gun control. I’ve just finished season 2 and I’m already itching to watch season 3 when it comes out. You can find it on Netflix.
4. The Flash
It took me a lot longer to get into The Flash than Supergirl, but once the ball got rolling I got sucked in and invested in the cast. There are a lot of twists and turns that keep you engaged and I just love all the cheesy villains that pop up every episode! There are some very sweet moments as well as ones that will tug at your heart strings. Visually the Flash is stunning and my heart feels very warm when I watch it. You can find all the episodes so far on Now TV.
5. The Orville
I’m a massive Star Trek fan, and this parody is amazing. It’s more than a parody – it’s the ideas of star trek as a comedy with more realistic interactions and events. Humans are messy and stupid – and this is a perfect example. I didn’t think I’d enjoy The Orville as I’m not a fan of most of Seth MacFarlane’s work but he gives a brilliant performance. Each episode is mostly self contained and occasionally actors from Star Trek pop in for a role and it delights me every time. Despite the parody look some episodes have very serious elements and really make you think. The Orville is more than it appears. The Orville is currently airing on Sky with a new episode added to Now TV when it airs on a Thursday night.
Here are my top 5 TV series that are helping me through anxiety at the moment. I hope some of these were new to you and I’ve helped you find something new to enjoy. If you have any other suggestions I would love to hear about them in the comments as I’m always looking for something new to watch.