Here’s a list of some simple things you can do to distract yourself from stress if you need to just chill.

Getting lost in a movie or a good book is a great way to distract yourself from stress, whether it’s everyday stress, stress from caregiving or stress from chronic illness. Sometimes when we find ourselves in a particularly stressful life situation, we need a little time-out.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a break to spend a few hours forgetting about your troubles and problems. You’ll come back out of your break refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life might throw at you. You’ll quickly make up the time you spent on this stress buster with improved focus and productivity.

And even when it doesn’t work out that way, it will still have been worth it to get some peace for a little while and reduce stress.

Disclaimer: I’m a Boomer…I grew up in the 70’s and my taste in books and movies certainly reflects that!

10 Movies to Watch When You’re Feeling Depressed

  • Inside Out
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Blind Side
  • Up
  • Life of Pi
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Grease
  • Cool Runnings

10 Feel Good TV Shows

60s Classic TV Shows

  • The Adams Family
  • Andy Griffith
  • The Avengers
  • Batman
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • Father Knows Best
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • The Honeymooners
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • I Love Lucy
  • Mister Ed
  • The Munsters
  • My Three Sons
  • Star Trek
  • The Twilight Zone

70s Classic TV Shows

  • Welcome Back Kotter
  • The Odd Couple
  • Good Times
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Diff’rent Strokes
  • Get Smart
  • Green Acres
  • Happy Days
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • All in the Family
  • The Jeffersons

80s Classic TV Shows

  • 21 Jump Street
  • Bosom Buddies
  • Cheers
  • The Facts of Life
  • Family Ties
  • The Golden Girls
  • Growing Pains
  • Mork & Mindy
  • The Muppet Show
  • Night Court
  • Seinfeld
  • Taxi
  • Who’s The Boss
  • WKRP in Cincinnati
  • The Wonder Years

Books to Distract You From the World

Now let’s talk about books. Start by growing your bookshelf…maybe you have some unread forgotten books just waiting for you!

Or you can head on over to library or bookstore or Amazon Prime and find something good to read, or listen to. For audiobooks, Audible.com is very popular.You can also find and download all sorts of great books to your Kindle or smartphone from Amazon and even your local library.

You have tons of options. Your hardest job right now will be to just pick something!

10 Books to Get Lost In

  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • The Hobbit
  • The Color Purple
  • Lake Wobegon Days
  • The Stand
  • The Help
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Anything Harry Potter
  • The Hunger Games

10 Books for  Depression

Now, sometimes the best therapy for stress or depression is simply to face it and read a good about it. It’s your call! Sometimes understanding the mental processes that you’re going through are the best way to cope with depression.

Here’s a few good titles that I found:

  • When Darkness Will Not Lift
  • When Someone You Love Suffers from Depression or Mental Illness
  • Rewire Your Anxious Brain
  • Reasons to Stay Alive
  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled
  • Running for My Life: How I Built a Better Me One Step at a Time
  • The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, a Calmer You
  • Broken: Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect
  • Depression & Other Magic Tricks
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

Distract Yourself From Chronic Pain

There are have been many times that I’ve been homebound since my first chronic illness diagnosis in 2010. Sometimes all you can really do is just sit in bed.

And there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you just need to be still so that your body can focus on healing. Books, TV Shows and movies are a great distraction during times like these.

And remember, don’t complicate it. When you find something you think you’ll like, just go for it. If it’s light and fluffy, that’s perfectly fine. Don’t judge yourself. If reading the occasional junk novel or a watching a zombie movie is is your thing, go for it.

This downtime is for you and for you alone. It’s supposed to be a mental health break. Please don’t use it try to educate yourself or make it a cultural experience.

Remember, you want something you can completely lose yourself in for a little while and not worry about anything else.

So find what works for you.

This list is just a jumping off point..what are some of your favorite books, TV shows and movies that help to distract yourself from stress?