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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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                      Reasons of Insomnia and How to Combat It (The Complete Guide)

                      Reasons of Insomnia and How to Combat It (The Complete Guide)

                      Having issues sleeping is a sure fire way to live a less fulfilled life. Personally, I’m a believer that getting enough sleep consistently is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Feeling out of control and powerless over your ability to get a good nights rest can make you nuts.

                      If you’re struggling with insomnia, this article will help shed some light on the causes and provide resolutions to your sleep issues.

                      What Is Insomnia?

                      In a nutshell, insomnia is the inability to sleep. What’s so brutally torturous about insomnia is that you can be completely exhausted, yet unable to fall asleep.

                      Insomnia can be an acute issue (short term), meaning that it can creep into your life for a night or a few weeks.

                      It can also present as a chronic issue, meaning it ebbs and flows and comes and visits you every know and then, although uninvited. Chronic insomnia is diagnosed when the individual suffers at least three nights a week for three months or longer.

                      Symptoms of Insomnia

                      There are a spider web of symptoms that can root from insomnia, especially when it shows up chronically in your life. According to WebMD, general symptoms of insomnia can include:[1]

                      • Sleepiness during the day
                      • General tiredness
                      • Irritability
                      • Problems with concentration or memory

                      In addition to these general symptoms, insomnia can effect your relationships, career life and limit activities that give you joy, strictly because you don’t have the energy or motivation to do them.

                      Feeling exhausted really takes a huge toll on your mood, energy level and overall zest for life. Just like any issue, overtime a lot of other consequences can, and most likely will, result. This is so with lack of sleep.

                      Reasons of Insomnia

                      Insomnia can strike any of us at any point of our lives. A major cause of sleeplessness is stress and worry.

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                      I know that when I’ve had periods of time where there has been a ton on my mind, it’s resulted in sleep disturbance. I can recall nights just laying there as hours past by.

                      Below are more detailed reasons why insomnia would come knocking at your door:

                      According to WebMD, the causes of acute insomnia can include:

                      • Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, moving)
                      • Illness
                      • Emotional or physical discomfort
                      • Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep
                      • Some medications (for example those used to treat colds, allergies, depression, high blood pressure, and asthma) may interfere with sleep
                      • Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag or switching from a day to night shift, for example)

                      According to WebMD causes of chronic insomnia include:

                      How to Overcome Insomnia

                      There are, without a doubt, many things you can attempt to do differently in order to get your sleep habits back to a healthy state. Even if you’ve struggled with sleep for years, please know that you can find relief.

                      Here are 10 tips on how to combat insomnia:

                      1. Believe That You Can Develop a Healthy Sleep Life

                      Believing that you can is a huge part in getting beyond any difficulty. If that’s where you need to start, it’s worth really looking at your belief system surrounding what’s possible for your sleep patterns.

                      Just as if you didn’t believe that you can find love, if you don’t believe that you can find a good groove with your sleep, it will be very difficult to do so.

                      2. Stay Away from Any Screen Time Before Bed

                      Everything that you come across is being ingested, including what you watch and listen too.

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                      Be mindful to make time to wind down before bed by disconnecting from anything that’s coming at you. This can be a violent flick or a charged up sports game.

                      To go further, even if you’re watching something mellow, the blue light from screens can affect circadian rhythms, which can mess up your sleep cycle.

                      Just as you can feel super loopy after traveling that entails changing time zones, your devices can have a similar effect.

                      3. Have a Consistent Bed Time

                      I get it, routines can take the fun away from life, although some routines can guarantee that the fun will keep going around.

                      Just like little kids need consistency via their routines to avoid melt downs, we, as adults, need to do consistent things for our health to stay grounded.

                      Having a consistent bedtime routine allows your body to have a flow, which will help it, overall, function at its best.

                      4. Avoid Caffeine Intake After Noon

                      I know that asking some of you to avoid caffeine all together is just a hard “No.” Therefore, I’ll ask you to avoid any intake of caffeine after 12pm.

                      Why, you ask?

                      This gives your body time to process the stimulant effects that caffeine has and can potentially really help your sleep cycle.

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                      5. Keep an Eye on Your Alcohol Intake

                      If you’re struggling with sleep, drinking is one habit that can truly be interfering with your sleep.

                      Alcohol can cause waking in the night and interferes with sleep quality. It’s deceiving because initially alcohol can make you “pass out” and fall asleep quickly, although the deepest and most restful part of sleep, (REM), rapid eye movement sleep, is compromised when we drink alcohol.

                      This is why, even if we do sleep sound after a couple drinks, the quality of our sleep was not a pure that it would be without alcohol processing in our bodies.

                      6. Move Your Body Consistently

                      I feel like this suggestion is always on one of my tip lists! Getting regular exercise has so many benefits including what it can do for your sleep pattern.

                      Utilizing up some of your daily energy by moving your body is a win/win on so many levels. It keeps you fit, it keeps you feeling emotionally better, it helps release endorphins and it can improve the quality of your sleep.

                      If you’re having issues sleeping; try regular exercise. It could be a game changer for you.

                      7. Don’t Go to Bed Full

                      When we go to bed full, we are already at a disadvantage because being full is uncomfortable.

                      Eliminating any states of discomfort is a key step to ensuring that our sleep is going to be higher quality. Be mindful of eating a big meal right before you go to sleep. Your digestive track will be happy not to have to go into busy mode when your system is trying to shut down.

                      8. Create a Zen Vibe in Your Bedroom

                      One of the key ways to create an ideal sleep environment is to bring a sense of calm and comfort to your sleep space. If you have the means, invest in nice bedding, buy an essential oil diffuser (lavender oil is great for calming), get some amethyst stones to promote calming and healing energy.

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                      Do your best to make sure your sleep environment is dark, quiet, and not too warm or cold. Do whatever you are called to do to make your bedroom a place of peace and rest. Need I say to avoid using your bed for anything other than sleep (or sex.)

                      9. Make a List

                      What do you mean make a list? I mean, that if you find yourself with a racing mind right before bedtime, write your thoughts down.

                      Take all the mental noise and write it down in a list type format to put it somewhere other than floating around in your head. This action has been so helpful for some of my clients that have struggled with sleep disturbance.

                      10. Find Flow through Rhythm

                      There have been times where I have literally self soothed my way back to sleep by finding rhythm. I’ve found rhythm with counting numbers; both backward and forward. Although, I don’t care what you count; just count.

                      Counting creates rhythm and it also creates a space to focus our thoughts. This is especially true for those of us who have a worried and racing mind.

                      The Bottom Line

                      As I mentioned a bit earlier, there is hope for anyone struggling with sleep disturbance. A significant first step toward addressing any issue is becoming more familiar with it.

                      We can combat this issue with understanding symptoms and causes. Often times, we’ve never been taught that simple, small habits that we’ve been doing can be the gateway to our disturbed sleep patterns. That one shot of expresso after dinner can be a killer for those of us struggling with sleep.

                      Do your pat to clear up all that you can on your end, but tidying up what’s within your control.

                      As always, if your symptoms continue there are specialist and other avenues to take. Talk with your medical doctor to get more details of higher levels of assistance toward your sleep.

                      Be well.

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