At the end of a long week, I love nothing more than putting on my favorite pajamas, having a warm cup of tea, and settling down to watch a good movie. Trying a recent box-office hit is always exciting, but there is something special about returning to your favorite characters and story. When we spoke about our Top 5 Books for Chronic Illness Sufferers, we highlighted the idea that books can serve as a medium for escapism. Movies can have this same effect. If you’re having a day where your chronic illness is truly getting you down, being welcomed into the world of Harry Potter is a reprieve.
When you suffer from a chronic illness, you don’t want to be constantly reminded of your illness. For that reason, we recommend avoiding movies based on illness, like The Fault in Our Stars or Everything, Everything.
For those never-ending days, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite movies to escape within:
1. The Harry Potter Series
The Harry Potter series is the ultimate escape. It’s easy to become immersed in the world of Harry, Hermione, and Ron as they navigate the magical world of Hogwarts. Watching the adventures of this trio as they engage in the fight against evil is a great metaphor for fighting a chronic illness – the journey can be long and difficult but you can prevail in the end!
It is impossible to smile watching Grease. From the catchy tunes to the kitschy diner scenes, there is something for everyone in Grease. Gather together your best friends, some great snacks, and have a Grease sing-a-long.
3. The Parent Trap
The Parent Trap is the movie of our childhood. As a child, I wanted nothing more than to go to summer camp and engage in shenanigans with my bunkmates. Some of the most iconic pranks of all time are in this movie and are perfect when you need a mini laughter break.
4. Mulan, Frozen, or any Disney movie
Mulan can handle anything. Elsa will remind you to “Let it Go.” Whether you prefer a traditional princess movie to the Lion King, I guarantee a Disney movie will make you feel just a little bit better.
5. Your Favorite Movie
Picking a movie to watch can often be incredibly personal. You are the only person who truly knows whether you need to laugh, cry or laugh until you cry. I like to compare revisiting my favorite movie to a warm hug from an old friend, and only you know just what friend you need at each moment.
What are you favorite feel good movies? Share with us in the comments below!
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*Peer Health has not been asked or paid to promote any of these books – completely our own opinion!