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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.

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                #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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                      7 Signs You’re Burnt Out and How to Bounce Back

                      7 Signs You’re Burnt Out and How to Bounce Back

                      Has the possibility of becoming burned out ever came across your radar?

                      Burn out can happen to any of us. It can happen as a direct result of a toxic work environment or it can creep up on us as we pour all of our energy into doing the work that we love. Either way, when signs of burnout become apparent, they tend to look the same. Furthermore, adjustments must be made to reverse burnout and to prevent it again in the future.

                      Behaviors and habits that can lead to burnout include staying up long nights working on projects, saying yes to every request or opportunity, taking on extra work from co workers, and decreasing connections with your family and friends outside of work.

                      Outside forces such as ineffective leadership, unclear expectations, toxic work culture, persistent high workload, and no room for growth can all add to burn out.

                      When signs of burn out set in, you slowly start to do things differently. There’s a chance you may not even realize what is happening.

                      Keep in my mind that burn out may mimic other conditions such as depression or anxiety disorder. Please see your trusted health care provider to rule out any of these conditions.

                      Keep reading for some key signs of burnout:

                      1. Poor Performance and Loss of Self Confidence

                      Noticeable declines in work performance and confidence in your ability to complete previously mastered assignments are signs of burnout.

                      The pace of the work environment can seem faster and more demanding than ever. The goal of you doing world-class work may diminished to hopes of you barely getting by. You may have decided that staring into space or searching for a new job seems like a better alternative to working.

                      Poor work performance can become a routine and often leaves the person wondering how did this become a problem in the first place. You may even think that your boss will call you out on your performance sooner than later.

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                      How to Bounce Back:

                      Think back to the motivation you had when you were hired or when you were getting your job done with ease. Think about your thoughts and actions that allow you to perform well. The ability to perform at or around this level is still within reach.

                      Make a plan to eliminate distractions at work. Also, prior to coming to work make sure you are well rested and are eliminating energy-draining interactions.

                      2. Pessimism

                      Talking about the amazing work you do has given way to negative talk. Constantly complaining over small tasks that didn’t bother you in the past is a sign of pessimism. Your co -workers may even point out that you have been increasingly negative with your communication lately.

                      Your outlook on life, especially work, is in the dumps. It is harder to find positive things to say.

                      How to Bounce Back:

                      Even in the midst of burnout, your time should be spent on forward-moving thoughts.

                      Change the way you are looking at your current situation. Your body will do everything in its power to make sure that your actions are in alignment with your mindset and thoughts.

                      Therefore, thoughts that are negative and self-defeating will need to undergo a productive reframe. A high level of awareness must be initiated. Self coaching yourself through negative thinking can be the first step in awareness.

                      When you catch yourself having negative thoughts, first ask yourself “How does this make me feel?” Then, decide if those feelings will push you closer towards your goals and priorities or keep you from taking action.

                      If your thoughts are not forward moving, ask yourself what does thinking and feeling the opposite of this look like? It may seem awkward at first, but keep at it until positive thoughts are at the forefront of your thinking once again.

                      3. Feeling Unfulfilled

                      Sometimes, the workplace is known for being a fast pace, high-stress environment. Feeling like you’re part of the team and your contributions matter to your team can really help increase your level of fulfillment.

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                      We all have things we’re good at or interested in. When our talents and strengths are highlighted in an environment, we will thrive as we get things done.

                      When we are constantly left out of vital conversations, we will feel irrelevant and as if things are happening to us and not on behalf of us.

                      How to Bounce Back:

                      Talk to the person in charge and discuss your concerns. Confiding in a trusted and knowledgeable co-worker prior to meeting with your boss will help to make your communication with your boss fair and objective.

                      Set goals and deadlines with your boss or team leader to help increase your fulfillment. Follow up with your plan of action on your goals.

                      Keep in mind that there will be some level of compromise but making your boss aware of your viewpoint and feelings is a major step in feeling fulfilled and feeling like a contributing member of your team.

                      4. Poor Sleep Quality

                      Staying up late at night, tossing and turning, thinking about your day’s work can really affect your sleep quality. Studies have shown that just a few hours of missed sleep is detrimental to our performance and mental capacity.[1]

                      How to Bounce Back:

                      Try setting a bedtime routine and stick to it. Make sure that your bedroom environment is supportive of a good night sleep.

                      Social media never sleeps and it’s best to cut back or eliminate your social media time about 1 hour before you go to bed. Blue light interferes with your ability to feel sleepy and messes with your sleep cycle.[2] Your electronics can be set to switch to a softer light prior to bedtime.

                      5. Dread

                      The thought of work sends you into a tailspin of negative thoughts and body sensations. You wonder will this ever end and the amount of tension in your neck is at an all-time high.

                      The feeling of dread can make you retreat from your daily activities to ruminate on the idea of returning to work. Feelings of dread steals valuable time.

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                      How to Bounce Back:

                      Develop a routine to relax and practice deep breathing.

                      Consider a small breathing exercise that you can practice at work if dread or overwhelm creeps in. Go into an empty room or the bathroom, close your eyes, and take 10 big deep breaths. Control your breathing as you inhale and fully exhale. Notice what time of the day you are needing to step away to take breath and start scheduling your routines.

                      Neck massages at bedtime or therapeutic massages may also help to relax your body and prepare you for the work week ahead. Keep in mind that self care is a necessity.

                      6. You Lash out More

                      You notice that you are short tempered and lash out at your loved ones more than usual. When you are experiencing burn out, you may find yourself less patient about certain things and snapping at your loved ones.

                      You know they don’t deserve this treatment and you want to get this behavior in check so that you can restore the loving supportive environment you are used to having.

                      How to Bounce Back:

                      Be aware that your loved ones may not understand how your work environment is affecting you.

                      Consider how you would feel if you were the recipient of irritable interactions when you didn’t have the whole picture of what was happening.

                      Take time to explain your situation with your support system. Also, seek services through your work or independently in order to preserve the relationships within your support system.

                      Your love ones are there to support you. They should not be the expert to get your thoughts and feelings in check- neither should they be expected to fulfill this role.

                      7. Exhaustion

                      Does the phrase this job is “sucking the life out of me” ring a bell? Mental exhaustion is totally apparent when work has taken its toll on you.

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                      Being too tired to do simple house chores or attend events that you once loved is a sign of exhaustion.

                      How to Bounce Back:

                      Set small goals to take action daily on your priorities. If your priorities include keeping a clean living area or hanging out with your friends once a week, stick to your plans.

                      You will find that your mood is improved and you are not as drained once you are doing things in alignment with your goals and priorities.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Burn out can creep up on you. It can be caused by personal behaviors, habits, or toxic work environments. Regardless of the factors that lead to burnout, the signs of burnout are the same.

                      Awareness is the first step of knowing what is happening. The next step is taking action based on the specific signs you are displaying.

                      Recovery from burnout may look like identifying the culprit that caused you to burn out so that you can continue making progress in your work.

                      Recovery can also require you to make a strategic exit from your current situation to restore your peace of mind and fully recover—and never look back.

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