Wellbeing Wednesday: Netflix
Love a good Netflix binge? Great, then you’ll be a fan our content for this Wellbeing Wednesday article! This month we’ve put together a list of Netflix shows that centre around mental wellness and the mind, so you can chill out, watch and learn.
The Minimalists is a Netflix documentary about how to simplify your life. Self-titled ‘The Minimalists’ Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are American authors, podcasters, filmmakers and public speakers who promote a minimalist lifestyle. It’s all about making your life more meaningful by owning less – their outlook is the less ‘stuff’ you have, the more time you have for you and the things that really matter. If you’re needing a declutter of your space and mind, this might be a good pick for you.
TIDYING UP WITH MARIE KONDO
Speaking of decluttering, this is the epitome of the subject! Presented by Japanese organising consultant (yes, that’s a thing!) Marie Kondo, this series is about how to follow the ‘KonMarie method’ by clearing-out and organising your space, in turn helping to create a clearer mind. The process involves; “1) Clothing, 2) Books, 3) Paper, 4) Komono (kitchen, bathroom, garage and miscellaneous) 5) Sentimental items. Then, when the items are gathered together, Kondo asks the participants to go through the individual items one by one and only keep what “sparks joy””. Have a watch of the show and see how you can use this method to clear out some of your stuff yourself!
If you haven’t heard of or seen this show where have you been!? Queer Eye is the 2018 reboot of a show of the same name, featuring the ‘Fab Five’. Made up of 5 gay professionals, specialising in different ‘make better’ specialities, the Fab Five includes Antoni Porowski (food and wine), Tan France (fashion), Karamo Brown (culture and lifestyle), Bobby Berk (design) and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming). Together they makeover one person (and their home) per episode – but this show goes deeper than looks. Topics covered within the show include LGBTQ+ issues, self-worth and family issues – but at the end of the day, the main theme is positivity and community. This well-rounded show will have you laughing and crying with its array of content. Have we sold this enough?
THE MIND, EXPLAINED
This is a spinoff from the popular Vox show Explained, but goes deep into different topics related specifically to the mind. If you want to know the science and reason behind dreaming, memory, anxiety and mindfulness, this is one for you. Narrated by Emma Stone, each episode dives into a different subject, with interviews and insights from experts.
HEADSPACE GUIDE TO MEDITATION
And… *breathe*… If you need to take a few moments of your day to step back, relax and reflect, we have the perfect show for you. Stemming from the success of the Headspace app, the Netflix show is made up of 8 animated episodes and is guided by former Buddhist monk and co-founder of Headspace, Andy Puddicombe. Allocate a time or day to step away from everything and have a go at letting go.