5 shows to help you de-stress

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Whether because of stress or seasonal depression, one must have a few films and shows that help it all go away. However, content that is both comforting and entertaining is hard to find. We all have endlessly browsed Netflix, unable to commit to a series and failing to get interested in any films. It is challenging to make decisions when overwhelmed by stress, including simple ones such as which show to commit your next hour to. For these reasons, we have compiled five shows to stream and escape from all the madness in life.

“Avatar: The Last Airbender”

Filled with aesthetically pleasing animation and relaxing melodies, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is ideal for de-stressing. The show allows viewers to submerge into a new world with water, earth, fire and air nations while a group of fascinating kids trains to combat an evil fire nation dictator. For many, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” brings back a comforting nostalgia for their childhood, allowing them to escape from their adult problems. However, its reemerging fandom also enables new viewers to enjoy the series as if it just came out. Whether you choose to binge watch the show’s three seasons or take your time with each episode, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” will help alleviate daily stress.

“Star Trek: Discovery”

Do not be scared by the big franchise name. To enjoy “Star Trek: Discovery,” viewers do not need to know anything about the franchise’s prior series or films. The show allows anyone to discover new galaxies and exciting lifeforms aboard the USS Discovery while introducing intriguing characters such as Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Saru (Doug Jones). While the “Star Trek: Discovery” universe does have our planet Earth, the sci-fi series will not remind viewers of their Earthly concerns. Instead, it will absorb them and help them escape into new adventures in unimaginable planets and entertaining storylines.

“Night on Earth”

“Night on Earth” invites viewers to relax in Japanese hot springs among snow monkeys or hunt during a full moon among cheetahs in the African savanna. With six episodes, Netflix’s nature documentary uses innovative technology to follow and record nocturnal animal activity. The series presents groundbreaking information while allowing viewers to sit back and watch new worlds unfold on the screen. Narrated by Samira Wiley’s soothing voice, “Night on Earth” provides a unique method for viewers to relax and appreciate Earth’s wonders. Its nighttime content creates a relaxing atmosphere that captivates viewers and distracts from life’s stressors.

“Aggretsuko” 

An original Netflix anime, “Aggretsuko” offers a comedic escape from the headaches of office jobs. The series follows Retsuko, a red panda and an accountant in a Japanese trading firm. Through an alternative universe where animals live in human societies, “Aggretsuko” pokes fun at adulthood’s struggles. It allows viewers to detach themselves from the stress created by obnoxious coworkers or useless bosses. “Aggretsuko” is a must-watch show in which healing through comedy is both flawlessly and ridiculously executed.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

With 12 seasons available and many spinoffs such as “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” and “Canada’s Drag Race,” the franchise offers endless entertainment. The reality competition allows viewers to meet 12 queens every season that will use their makeup, outfits and talents to compete in a series of unpredictable challenges. It introduces viewers to the art of drag while allowing them to enjoy the drama, catty fights and pettiness common in reality television. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is a great show to dive into and forget about anything unrelated to drag and queer culture. It allows viewers to escape into a world full of fashion, acting, comedy and music.

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