According to Metro, shows like Friends and The Big Bang Theory can help ease anxiety.
After a stressful day, sometimes nothing beats slumping down on the sofa with some snacks to binge watch shows that you have already seen a hundred times before. If you feel guilty about constantly re-watching your old shows, then don’t. It really can do your mental health some good.
Speaking with a clinical psychologist, Metro revealed: “Having worked for over a period of 20 years with those experiencing anxiety, I can conclude that among other factors, it is the repetitive and relational nature of programs such as Friends and Big Bang Theory that will be doing the trick.
“[Watching Friends] is about an experience of repair, of watching the characters in the show repeatedly having worries, which then get repaired and soothed, usually in the context of other relationships in their lives.”
Having watched Ross recover from three divorces, Monica battle through her OCD, Rachel deal with losing everything, Pheobe retain a positive despite her hard life, Joe struggle financially and Chandler, well, struggle from being Chandler.. we agree that Friends is a show about perseverance and repair. There’s also nothing more therapeutic than having a good laugh.
Friends is available to re-watch on Netflix now.