10 Movies to Watch When Your Feeling Stressed Out, Burnt Out or Bummd Out

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10 Movies to Watch When Your Feeling Stressed Out, Burnt Out or Bummed Out


Laughter is the best medicine.

There have been incredible miracles of people who cured their own cancer from laughter.

When we’re stressed out, burnt out or bummed out we can get stuck in our own heads. Our own personal sob story spins through our heads down the rabbit hole to full-blown-poor-me-ville.

Hey, we all have days when we’re feeling not quite ourselves. And that’s perfectly okay.

But the question is what are you going to do with these days?

Sometimes watching a movie, having a good cry, or a good laugh, can be exactly what you need to bring yourself back to life.

So I compiled a list of 10 movies that always touch me in some way. And I’ll let you know, I am far from a movie connoisseur, and I also get swept away in them pretty easily.

Especially if an animal dies in a movie…oh man, that sends me over the edge.

But without further ado, here’s a list for ya:


Love Actually

To me, this movie is just perfect! Even if it’s not the holidays, if you’re in a slump, this is a must-see.

It brings me to both tears of joy and tears of sadness.

But that’s okay, because the whole point, is that love is all around us and that it comes in many different forms and flavors.

I could watch the opening scene where people run to hug one another at the arrivals gate of the airport…forever.


Tommy Boy

A long-time favorite of mine when I need a good laugh.

Chris Farley and David Spade are absolutely hilarious in this movie.

It is guaranteed to cheer you up and put a smile on your face!

All I can say is, “Fat guy in a little coat…”



This is one of the most sensually and visually beautiful films I’ve ever seen. It makes my heart sing!

It uses every part of your imagination when it comes to the senses and truly makes you enjoy the little things in life.

I’ve always had a thing for movies that make a big deal out of how the smallest things in life can stand out because of the way they smell, or sound, or taste. Was I the only one in E.T. who noticed how the reeses pieces sounded when he ate them? Loved that!

Anyways, Amelie is kind of like that. Everything in the world of Amelie seems to come to life. Nothing is bland or dull. There is magic everywhere. Not so unlike real life…when we take the time to notice.


500 Days of Summer

I heart this Indie love story!

It all starts in an elevator when Zooey Deschanel tells Joseph Gordon-Levitt that she loves the Smiths, overhearing his ipod playing.

It’s a super sweet story, with a bit of “realness” which I love.

Boy meets girls. Boy believes he will not be happy until he meets “the one”. Sound familiar to anyone? Girl does not match this belief.

And so it goes. You’ll like it, I promise!



Forrest Gump

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

I’m assuming you’ve probably seen this movie at least once. But, if you’re feeling down in the dumps, give it another go.

Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies when it comes to triumph. Despite what seems like odds stacked against him, he goes on to accomplish amazing things in life. Even letting true love prevail. Ohh just thinking about that ending brings tears to my eyes.



Almost Famous

Such a classic! This is the ultimate movie about loving and following a band, freedom, youth and the 70s.

Because it’s the 70s, shit gets a little crazy. Drugs, groupies, parties, gigs, one night stands.

You follow the young William, a 15 year old writer whose articles get him noticed by Rolling Stone, and before he knows it he’s touring with the band Stillwater.

He falls in love with Kate Hudson who is amazing at playing the part of Penny Lane. Overall, great music and great acting. Super fun movie!



Dirty Dancing

The story is a coming of age drama that documents a teenage girl’s coming of age through a relationship with a dance instructor whom she encounters during her family’s summer vacation.

Part of me secretly wishes I could have been a dancer. I just love it.  Patrick Swayze of course looks amazing in this movie and the dancing is awesome.

It’s impossible to be glum when Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Grey) take the floor for their final dance!



Wedding Crashers

If you’re just in need of a good laugh, this movie will certainly do it.

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are simply hilarious.

The plot is that the two are cynical about marriage, and therefore make it a hobby to crash wedding receptions.

When William Cleary (Christopher Walken), the nation’s Secretary of the Treasury and a possible candidate for the Presidency, announces his daughter is to wed, they of course decide they must crash the party. The rest unfolds hysterically.




As a lover of chocolate, this one is a must-see.

In this heart felt comedy, chocolate becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial.

A mysterious woman named Vianne, moves with her young daughter into a small French village, where much of the community’s activities are dominated by a local church.

She stirs up the pot, literally and figuratively, with her delicious chocolate creations.

With the help of Johnny Depp she puts on the “Grand Festival of Chocolate”.

Very cute movie all around as Vianne brings life and color into the community around her.


Eat Pray Love

I really enjoyed the book and was a little skeptical about the movie, as usually movies let down me down after reading the book.

But Julia Roberts does a great job. As a lover of travel myself, I totally identified with her character – especially for those of you going through a mid or quarter life crisis.

Julia experiences what can be referred to as an “Expectation Hangover” coined by Christine Hassler. She married the man of her dreams, had a great career, moved into a nice house – and yet something was missing.

While we can’t all follow in Julia’s footsteps of moving across the world, we can learn some great lessons in life, love, and choosing to see life from a fresh perspective.

Plus, who doesn’t like “Dog Days Are Over” playing in the background?




Happy Movie Watching!

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