Category Archives: Relaxation

Stream of Consciousness…

In honor of getting over 600 likes on the Lace it Up FB page today (!) I decided to propose to my followers a stream of consciousness game I typically play by myself when I’m bored (procrastinating): simply sit at your computer, and start writing a list of all of your favorite movies, TV shows, books, songs, etc. Don’t think about it- just write whatever pops into your head first. Not only is it hilarious to see the bizarre order in which your brain sorts different works, but I often find that books or movies I have forgotten about pop into my head and I can remind myself to revisit them.

Below is the list I just came up with (I separated it by movies/ TV shows/ books). I know I am probably missing some of my all time favorites, but nevertheless, here it is:


American Beauty (1999) Mena Suvari (as Angela Hayes)

1. Mean Girls
2. The Parent Trap
3. American Beauty
4. Gone Girl
5. American Psycho
6. Seven
7. The Devil Wears Prada
8. Bridesmaids
9. The Wolf of Wallstreet
10. Unfaithful
11. The Holiday
12. Goodfellas
13. Bring it On
14. The Virgin Suicides
15. Clueless
16. Out of Towners
17. Meet the Parents
18. The Bird Cage
19. Zoolander
20. Matchpoint
21. Crimes and Misdemeanors
22. Casino
23. Grease
24. Frozen
25. The Great Gatsby
26. Dial M for Murder
27. Fatal Attraction
28. Rosemary’s Baby
29. It’s Complicated
30. The Social Network
31. Billboard Dad
32. Switching Goals
33. Our Lips are Sealed
34. Burn After Reading
35. Rent
36. Shutter Island
37. Mathilda
38. 12 Angry Men
39. Psycho
40. The Hours
41. Pulp Fiction
42. Inglorious Basterds
43. Kill Bill Vol. 1
44. Kill Bill Vol. 2
45. Trainwreck


1. The Sopranos
2. Breaking Bad
3. Mad Men
4. The Affair
5. Broad City
6. 30 Rock
7. Inside Amy Schumer
8. Girls
9. Last Week Tonight
10. Real Time With Bill Maher
11. Sex and the City
12. Jane the Virgin
13. New Girl
14. Unreal
15. Scream Queens
16. Gossip Girl
17. The OC
18. One Tree Hill
19. American Horror Story
20. We Can Be Heroes
21. True Detective (Season 1)
22. My So Called Life
23. Summer Heights High
24. Gilmore Girls
25. Curb Your Enthusiasm


1. Franny and Zooey
2. The Catcher in the Rye
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. A Tale of Two Cities
5. Not That Kind of Girl
6. And the Heart Says Whatever
7. The Opposite of Loneliness
8. The Friday Night Knitting Club
9. Dark Places
10. Sharp Objects
11. Nine Stories
12. A Clockwork Orange
13. Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret
14. Fates and Furies
15. The Girl on the Train
16. Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar
17. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
18. Slouching Toward Bethlehem
19. I Didn’t Come Here to make Friends
20. I Feel Bad About My Neck
22. Animal Farm
23. She’s Come Undone
24. 1984
25. The Bell Jar
26. Orange is the New Black
27. The Bedwetter
28. I Like You Just the Way I am
29. Hiding from Reality
30. The Other Great Depression
31. Fastfood Nation
32. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
33. Nobody is Ever Missing
34. South on Highland
35. The Ice Storm
36. The House on Mango Street
37. Forever
38. The Andy Cohen Diaries

Give it a whirl! Let the magic happen…


Movie Meditation

Whether you are a student like me dealing with exam after paper after presentation, or a real-life adult dealing with whatever it is you all deal with (I will find out soon enough), we are all stressed out most of the time.


I personally handle anxiety with progressive muscle relaxation, wearing a cold facemask, or taking a hot shower… but usually by watching a chill movie. Here are the top ten movies I watch to zone out when feeling overwhelmed (keep in mind these are generational and primarily for women):

  • “The Parent Trap”
  • “Legally Blonde”
  • “Meet the Parents”
  • “The Devil Wears Prada”
  • “It’s Complicated” (it is legitimately a tranquilizer)
  • “Bridget Jones’s Diary”
  • “Bring it On”
  • “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion”
  • “Clueless”
  • “Mean Girls”

Consider those movies your cinematic Xanax. What are your top picks?

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