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Top 5 Websites To Keep You Entertained And Informed About Movies

Top 5 Websites To Keep You Entertained And Informed About Movies

Entertainment is an important part of our lives. You might be an employee, a business owner, an entrepreneur or other, but there are times you just want to relax, entertain yourself, and catch your breath before the next task starts. For me, and for most people I guess, this involves watching movies and, in most cases, not just any movie, but the interesting box office-topping movies you have seen the interesting trailers for.

However, it is not always easy to make the trip to the cinema every time you want to. But, thanks to the internet, you can stay home, learn all of the information about a movie, become interested in movies through their reviews, and stream them straight from your tech device in the comforts of your home.

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What is your preference? Hollywood? Bollywood? Here are five interesting websites to keep you entertained in all things movies, either with reviews, news, information, streaming, or even a combination of all four of these services.

Netflix

Of course, this list could not begin without Netflix! Netflix is a video streaming website founded by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings in 1998. It started off as a DVD by mail service in 1998 and began streaming services in 2007. Netflix is so convenient and up-to-date that there is never a dull moment when you can just Netflix and chill after a hard day at work. Netflix supports lots of devices and operating systems so you can watch new box office movies, stream TV shows, and catch up on your favorite soaps anytime, anywhere. With over 81 million members in 150+ countries, this streaming service is taking over the movie scene and keeping us entertained all day. Just don’t slack off on important things or get carried away with using it at work.

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Box Office Reporter

Bollywood lovers would love this! There are lots of interesting sites keeping us updated about Hollywood movies and news, but not many about Bollywood movies, so when I found this site, I kept going back.This Bollywood authority website gives up-to-date information, reviews, and updates on new movies, upcoming movies, and box office-topping movies. For lovers of the Bollywood industry and Bollywood movies, this is a goldmine for all the dramas and love that come with Bollywood. As a Bollywood lover, I like going to Box Office Reporter to check out reviews and updates on movies I look forward to seeing and movies I want to see next.

Hulu

Hulu is another high-quality online streaming website, similar to Netflix. They offer video clips, TV shows, and box office movies. Hulu used to be my go-to place until I discovered Netflix, however, there are still lots of interesting video clips and movies on Hulu. And with the agreements they have with certain networks, it’s possible to stream episodes of some TV shows as soon as the day after it’s aired.

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The Hollywood Reporter

This is the Hollywood movie authority dishing up-to-date information, movie reviews, movie trailers, on-set pictures and gossip, inside source scoops, and lots more. I always spend time on this site getting information on movies topping the box office, movies that are in the process of being made, or about to be made. If you are a movie lover like me, then you should know that The Hollywood Reporter is loaded with news about movies, TV shows, exclusive actor interviews, and trailers. You will definitely get addicted to this site.

YouTube

This list just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning YouTube. YouTube is a video-sharing website with over 80 million users and is a source of entertainment with a very wide range and variety of user-uploaded content ranging from, movies, music videos, cute videos, original content, and lots more. I recall spending hours on YouTube catching up on reality shows, cooking shows, and other fun and interesting videos. In addition, several networks also share free videos of their broadcasting service. YouTube is very entertaining!

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While there are several other sites that can keep you entertained, depending on our mood and preference, I hope you enjoy these interesting ones I have listed here the next time you need a break from the daily grind.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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