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10 Movies To Usher You In The Festive Season

10 Movies To Usher You In The Festive Season

As the holiday season is fast approaching, get yourself into the festive spirit by watching these all-time favourite Christmas movies that will get you feeling warm and fuzzy, and prepare to be smothered with the season of giving this Christmas! Grab some eggnog and get comfy with these movies.

#1. Home Alone Series

    Kevin McCallister is always left behind as the family embarks on a holiday trip. He has to fend off burglary using ridiculously funny tricks and pranks.

    The Home Alone series is an all-time classic that has been loved through time. Great for watching as a family and is bound to get you ready for Christmas!Indulge in the Best Christmas Classic Movie of all time!

    Available on iTunes

    #2. Love Actually (2003)

      A classic Christmas rom-com, Love Actually explores the life of David, a newly elected UK prime minister who falls over the heels for his junior staffer. The movie brings together 9 intertwined stories that revolve around one thing: love.

      Another classic holiday rom-com that is full of love throughout the movie. Perfect for couples wanting a nice snuggle at home under the blankets with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.Watch the Best of British Christmas classics.

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      Available on iTunes

      #3. 4 Christmases (2008)

        This is a great comedy that makes light fun of what’s like to spend Christmas with family. It all starts when the unmarried couple Kate and Brad fails to go to their exotic vacation and have to spend Christmas milling around quartet of family get-togethers.

        A comedy mocking the realities of what it’s like spending the holidays with extended family. Star actors Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn star in this hilarious comedy that makes you not look forward to the holiday season?Crack your ribs with this all-time fabulous Christmas comedy


        Available on iTunes

        #4. A Christmas Story (1983)

          Written by Jean Sheppard, A Christmas Story is an off-the-hook Christmas film. It walks you through the winter month adventures of Ralphie Parker who spends most of his wintry times dreaming of his ideal holiday gift (Red Ryder air rifle) and dodging a bull.

          A true Christmas classic, the comic effect of Ralphie Parker’s holiday escapes will simply knock your socks off.Get in on Christmas Movie fun today!

          Available on iTunes

          #5. Elf (2003)

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            Buddy was coincidentally transported toward the North Pole as a baby and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to fit in, the grown-up Buddy goes to New York, in elf’s uniform, looking for his genuine father. And the humorous adventure begins.

            Elf is definitely a Christmas classic that’ll keep you laughing till the end. Will Ferrell certainly did a bang-up job with his comedic anecdotes.Watch the Best of Will Ferrell’s Christmas action!

            Available on iTunes

            #6. The Family Stone (2005)

              An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and meets his bohemian Connecticut family at Christmas. Straight laced Meredith, feeling she needs backup, asks her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to come along.

              Although in danger of being unable to decide what kind of film it wants to be, a well-written script and well-judged performances make this a family outing worth taking – Genevieve Harrison

              Available on iTunes

              #7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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                The movie entails the misadventure of Halloweentown’s beloved king pumpkin, Jack Skellington. He’s bored of doing the same thing each year – scaring people in the real world. He stumbles upon Christmastown where he kidnaps Santa Claus in a bid to control the holiday.

                The Nightmare Before Christmas brings the best of the two worlds – Halloween and Christmas – in a whole new and scary way.

                Available on iTunes

                #8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

                  Clark Griswold wants to have the perfect Christmas, so he encourages his kids and wife to ensure everything falls right in place. That means impeccable house and tree decorations. However, the whole plan goes awry as soon as his hick cousin comes to the picture.

                  “For those who enjoyed the original Vacation, this holiday edition offers virtually the same story and characters with more predictability and less help from the supporting cast, ” recommends William Thomas of Empire

                  Available on iTunes

                  #9. The Holiday (2006)

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                    Two women (Kate from Britain and Cameron Diaz from America) swap homes during Christmas because of bad breakups. Luckily, they both find romances with local men. However, when it came to returning home they both realize they’ll end the relationships.

                    Sweet and seasonal, the Holiday offers refreshed and precious surprises. A great chick flick for the holidays.

                    Available on iTunes

                    #10. Office Christmas Party (2016)

                      This is a modern day office Christmas party gone wrong. Wished your office parties were as crazy as this? Think again.Watch Office Christmas Party today.

                      Available on iTunes

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                      The Effects of Stress on Your Body And Mind (You Never Knew)

                      The Effects of Stress on Your Body And Mind (You Never Knew)

                      We’ve all experienced the effects of stress in one form or another. Feeling stressed out sucks, especially when it becomes chronic.

                      Stress affects everything from your digestion, immune function, cognition, and mood. In simplest terms, stress is your body’s response to changes that take place in your environment that are deemed ‘unsafe.’

                      The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect environment for a full-blown stress meltdown. It is normal to feel stressed right now. The world feels like it’s upside down—literally.

                      On top of that, the uncertainty and constant health threats surrounding COVID-19 have led to a surge in mental health issues. A study found that 70% of the U.S. population have identified as moderately to severely distressed since the onset of the pandemic.[1] Can you relate?

                      It has never been more important to master our emotional health. The pandemic has shown us that, while we can’t control the external world, we always have control over how we respond to it.

                      Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone deals with it in the same way. The good news is that you have the power to effectively manage your stress so that your world doesn’t feel like it’s falling apart every time you’re hit with a challenge.

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                      Before you can do that, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection works.

                      The Mind-Body Connection and Stress

                      Despite popular opinion, the mind and the body are not two separate entities. Your physical body impacts your emotions and visa versa. As you can imagine, if there is disharmony in the body, there will also be disharmony in the mind, which in turn will influence your stress levels.

                      One study found that the type of energy patterns that are carried by certain words and intentions can cause physical changes in DNA structure which become the building blocks of your body.[2]

                      Have you ever felt a nauseous feeling in your stomach when you’re anxious about something? If so, you’ve experienced the mind-body connection at play.

                      The next time you find yourself saying something negative, remember that your thoughts determine how your body behaves. Negative emotions contribute to dis-ease in the body. Be mindful of the words you speak because your body is always listening to you. What you think, you become.

                      The Effects of Stress on the Mind and Body

                      Life is a rollercoaster ride which means that stress will happen. You cannot hide from it. The best thing that you can do is take preventative measures to ensure that stress doesn’t wreak havoc on your mind and body over the long-term. Here are 3 lesser-known effects of stress.

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                      1. Weakened Immune System

                      Your health is your wealth. Without you, you have nothing. If you don’t have a strong immune system, your body won’t be able to fight off disease and/or viruses.

                      COVID-19 has taught us how important it is to take care of our immune systems. If you want to maintain a strong immune system get a good night’s sleep, do regular exercise, eat healthy foods, take immune-boosting supplements, and commit to relaxation practices.[3] This is how you will train your immune system to work for you instead of against you.

                      2. Gut Problems

                      There is a strong correlation between digestive health and stress. The gut and the brain are constantly communicating and sending signals to one another.

                      Have you ever felt like you were punched in the gut after receiving awful news? Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous about something? These reactions happen for a reason.

                      An imbalanced intestine can send signals to the brain, just as an imbalanced brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach pains can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.[4]

                      So, the next time you have an unexplained stomach ache, your stress levels could be the culprit. Avoid foods that can irritate your stomach and aggravate the symptoms of stress, like refined sugars and fried foods. I like to take acidophilus regularly which helps to increase healthy bacteria in the gut.

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                      Lastly, I encourage you to create a daily Kundalini yoga practice. Kundalini yoga is great for stimulating the flow of energy in the body. There are specific Kundalini exercises that support healthy digestion, some of which include Breath of Fire, Stretch Pose, and Sat Kriya.

                      3. Depression

                      Stress is a normal response to positive and negative life experiences. However, if you have trouble coping with stress over the long-term, you can put yourself at risk for developing depression. Sustained or chronic stress leads to elevated hormones such as cortisol, and reduced serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine.[5]

                      When you experience heightened levels of stress, you are more likely to experience a low mood. Unfortunately, a low mood will make you more prone to not engaging in healthy activities, like exercising and eating well. As a result, your mood will suffer even more.

                      This toxic spiraling effect is what causes a lot of people to experience symptoms of depression, like fatigue, anxiety, loss of appetite, or in severe cases, suicidal thoughts.

                      COVID-19 has put a lot of people at risk for depression. With everything that is currently going on in the world, people are more susceptible to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness which can precipitate the onset of depression.

                      One of the best ways to prevent yourself from falling into a spiral of sadness is to seek professional help. A psychologist or a coach can help you navigate through the difficult times and give you tools for reducing stress and anxiety.

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                      Secondly, create a daily mindfulness-based practice and make it a non-negotiable. Mindfulness can be in the form of meditation, yoga, dancing, tai chi, or breathwork.

                      Practicing mindfulness helps you reprogram negative thoughts and reassess difficult experiences with a more calm mind.

                      Don’t Allow Stress to Take Over Your Life

                      You have two choices—you can either let stressors suffocate your health and well-being, or you can transform your wounds into wisdom and rewrite a new story.

                      If you’re scared, it’s okay. You’re human. Allow yourself to feel everything, but don’t lose yourself in the mess. Take a deep breath and trust that your strength is greater than any struggle.

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