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The Best Services For TV-Series Nerds

The Best Services For TV-Series Nerds

With the number of awesome TV shows growing every day, any self-respecting TV-series junkie will eventually encounter the problem of how to keep track of all of them, how to choose what to watch, and how to watch everything that interests you without spending your life savings on the cable bill. Let’s take a look at the best possible solutions.

1. Sky

Sky may have started as a televisual entertainment company, but the range of services they offer today is much broader than that. In addition to a great number of packages tailored to the needs of particular groups of customers, which allow you to fine-tune your dealings with the company and pay only for what you really need, Sky offers Internet and telephone services. Such abundance may look overwhelming, but you simply have to contact Sky customer service to get all the assistance you need in choosing a package to suit your needs.

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2. Amazon Video

The world seems to be head over heels in love with streaming nowadays, and Amazon Video is one of the two most important players in this market, fighting over your subscriptions with Netflix. Amazon seems to be really putting forward its Amazon Prime subscription (£79/$99 per year), which comes not only with access to the streaming service, but with some additional perks as well: free postage from Amazon’s retail, a Kindle ebook lending library, and Amazon Music Prime streaming service.

However, there is a hitch – Amazon Video doesn’t provide all videos it has with Amazon Prime. Many newer shows will be available only for an additional payment, which can make you feel cheated.

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3. Netflix

The main competitor of Amazon Video shows a much more straightforward approach. It is a pure subscription service: after you’ve paid your monthly fee, there will be no extra charges, and you get full access to the entire library available in your country.

Right now, the choice between Netflix and Amazon Video heavily depends on the country you live in. For example, in the UK, Netflix offers almost twice as much choice as its competitor. If you are in doubt, you can always try the 30-day trials offered by both services before committing to anything.

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4. iTunes

Of course, iTunes is not a subscription service, but a store. This means that once you buy something, it is yours forever. It is more suited to those who watch the same shows multiple times and want that pleasant sense of ownership that just doesn’t come with rentals — which are available here as well, by the way.

5. Hulu

A viable alternative to the Amazon Video and Netflix, Hulu is unfortunately available only in the USA and Japan, but for those living there it offers a wide choice of films and shows for a reasonable subscription fee. Its additional distinctive feature is that it streams a selection of anime titles from many distributors, such as Funimation, Bandai Visual, and TMS Entertainment, so those whose interests lie in this direction should certainly check it out.

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6. Google Play

A more readily available alternative to Hulu, Google Play is available in more countries and offers a flexible store and rental service, with purchases that can be shared among up to five devices. Although somewhat less popular than the alternatives, Google can be trusted to perfect their service with time.

Finding the best arrangement to meet your watching needs may be tough, but it is certainly worth it. When you have all your video entertainment provided by one source and don’t pay for what you don’t need, you can considerably lower your expenses — and spend less time wondering what to watch next.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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