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Buffy, the Vampire Slayer - Will I Ever Get Sick of Watching It? A Ritual in Relaxation


What's Your Ritual?

After a long day of work, I often find myself depleted, and just as equally amped up. I have tried a few things to get my brain to switch off, but sometimes it resists all control.

My problem is that along with a certain level of anxiety that I am fairly accustomed to, I also have gone through a heart attack after getting ill with a particularly yucky virus. After that incident, I have now been placed on a cocktail of medicines to ensure that something like that never happens again.

Fair enough, but I never thought that sleep would be an issue. The medications themselves are horrible on sleep patterns, making sleep lighter and less restful.

There is also a bit of an issue where after that kind of incident your brain tends to subconsciously roll around the idea that you might not wake up, it rolls it around as a very valid idea. Damn brain.

Last night was a classic example, after having gone to the movies, and being a bit spun out by the ending of the movie, I was pretty wired.

So I got home etc. and then went to bed, because I was tired from the movie and my ever continuing issues with my medication. I managed to fall asleep pretty fast, but then found myself awake again in the early hours of the morning. Damn it is frustrating. So I sat up and started to watch Buffy.

It is funny, but since it first came out I have loved that show. Now, these days I can basically say that I can recall the whole storyline of the entire show, because I have seen it so many times. But that is the great thing about it, you can keep on coming back to it.

See the thing is that I have seen it so much that it is now like an old friend and when I watch it now, it is basically like some sort of calming meditation or a warm hug. It takes the edge of my stress levels and distracts me from my busy days.

Most times I will be able to watch a couple of episodes at most and then somewhere in the middle of the second one I will usually fall asleep.

It works like a charm.

I find that sometimes watching a familiar show or movie to be more calming then any exercise, medication, meditation or mindfulness technique. I might be weird but another one that I like to watch is Criminal Minds, and it has the same effect. I guess it is the escapism of it all, with Criminal Minds, I think it might be a response to the tension created with the subject matter, like an inverse effect. The ability for 40 or so minutes to literally switch off your problems off and concentrate on something familiar is fantastic for me from a mental health perspective.

Do any of you have a ritual like that, that allows you to de-stress?

I think we all need them!

I find with watching Buffy, that most times I might be able to watch around a couple of episodes, depending on where in the story-line it is, a couple of episodes is usually the sweet spot for me and then somewhere in the middle of that spot, I will usually fall asleep and have a reasonably well-rested sleep. Which is a nice change for me generally.

It, for the most part, works like a charm.

I find that sometimes watching a show like Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, a show that is so familiar or movie with similar familiarity to be more calming than any exercise, meditation, medication or mindfulness technique. I guess it is the escapism of it all. The ability for 40 or so minutes to literally switch off your problems and concentrate on something familiar and safe.

Do any of you have a ritual like that, that allows you to de-stress?

I think we all need them! They are what keeps us sane.



Paddy Michelson (author) from Australia on August 20, 2018:

It is a wonderful series and it is never too late to get into the series.

I think you have to watch around 4 episodes of any show, before you can decide whether it is for you. It gets much better.

Merlin is a favourite of mine too. You are so right about that show. It is almost tongue in cheek for the most part. The actor that plays Merlin did a great job with the character really. He was also in one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes as well.

Buffy is worth the investment of money and time!

Let me know if you do ever get right into the show.

Dina AH from United States on August 20, 2018:

I feel like I really missed out on the Buffy train because, when I finally met people who recommended it to me, I was kind of overwhelmed by all the cool things I'd missed out on along with that show. Having said that, I did watch the first one or two episodes with my college friends, and they were sweet. I loved Buffy and Willow (Oh, I hope I don't butcher their names). Oh, and Giles was awkward and charming. I have seen the actor on another show called Merlin (by the BBC), which is, let me tell you, the nerdiest show ever. Like, the characters can be a bit too campy and it's almost like the creators of the show don't know their audience very well. Still, I love that show.

I still wish Buffy was on Netflix because, then, I can watch it without committing to buying the DVDs.

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