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Switching on: The perfect way to switch off?

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26
August

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It’s time to switch off. No, for once we’re not talking about turning off your lights or unplugging sockets to save energy – we’re talking about you. If you’ve had a stressful week or you feel like your tasks are getting on top of you, you’re not alone.

In fact, did you know that 52% of Brits feel stressed more than once a day? And that 47% of us say we struggle to switch off, with 10% saying they never switch off at all? 

But thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is coming from the silver screen. In fact, 39% say that watching films is their saviour from stress.

As a proud sponsor of Sky Cinema, we wanted to find out why people are having such a difficult time de-stressing. We asked 2,000 people across the UK what stops them relaxing – and the answers included everything from family to Brexit.

So what is stressing us out so much? 

The main offenders? Money and work, by a long shot. 44% of people said they’d been affected by one of these two stress triggers. Around a fifth of people were stressed by their children or partner, whilst 14% of us were worried about being late.

Sadly, 6% of people we spoke to said that they feel stressed more than 10 times a day. But, don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom…

Is there a way we can wind down?

Well, it’s a pretty personal thing. But of all the people we surveyed, films performed well as a stress reliever.

Not only do 53% of people watch at least one film a week, but 39% of people said watching a movie was their favourite way to wind down. That beats the 27% of people who said they’d prefer a glass of wine.

How to create the cinema experience for less

A trip to the flicks every week could be costly. So what’s the answer? As a proud sponsor of Sky Cinema, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you create the cinema experience in the comfort of your own home for ultimate relaxation.

Couple watching projected film outdoors

1. Rearrange the furniture

You don’t need to completely transform the layout, but repositioning your seating can be a novelty and ensure optimum viewing. A few extra footstools are a great solution for extra seating, especially if the whole family are watching together. Bring in a few extra cushions from around the house to ensure maximum comfort. Small tables which can be moved around a room, such as nests of tables, are also worth considering as they’re a good way to ensure everyone can easily reach drinks or snacks.

2. Adjust the temperature

When it comes to the ideal room temperature, it's usually around 21°C. However, it’s important to think about how many people will be in the room and to be ready to adjust the heating if it gets too warm. Smart thermostats, like E.ON Touch, can help you control the heating without leaving the comfort of your armchair. Simply adjust the temperature from your smart phone so you don’t have to interrupt your movie viewing to fiddle with the thermostat. 

3. Inside or out?

Even in the summer, sometimes nothing beats staying in with a good film. But there are different ways you can take your movie outside of the living room. From setting up a projector in your garden; moving the television to a place where you can sit outside while you watch, or loading up your tablet and hitting the park – there are plenty of ways to experience an al fresco film. If all else fails, get the windows open to bring the outside in! 

4. Hit the lights

As with cinemas, it’s best to watch movies in a darkened room to ensure you minimise distractions and get the full effect from what you’re watching. If you’re planning a matinee movie, why not draw the curtains and blinds and switch on a table or desk lamp or uplighter to create the mood. Regular home viewers may want to consider investing in blackout curtains for the chosen room; these are readily available from good home furnishing stores.

5. Create even more atmosphere

Consider the genre of the movie you’re watching. You may want to sit in complete darkness if you’re planning a night of terror, or perhaps a dimmed uplighter and some candles for a more romantic movie moment. It doesn’t have to be one size fits all with lighting, so experiment and see what best suits your mood.

6. Get the snacks ready

What movie would be complete without a little comfort food? You’re at home, so enjoy your favourites; whether that’s something different or popcorn, sweets and crisps for the typical movie experience.

Watching a film with popcorn

Alright then, what films should we be watching? 

Our survey found that Dirty Dancing was voted to be the ultimate chill-out movie! Pretty Woman, Mamma Mia!, Love Actually and Star Wars were also deemed good to relax to.

If you want to laugh your cares away, try Airplane!; or if a good scream gets your endorphins flowing, why not try Alien, which ranked top of our scary film list.

We’ve also compiled our list of the best energy films. From classics like Billy Elliott through to modern wonders like Wall-E, we’ve got your every movie need covered.

Right, we’re good to go – anything else?

Why not look out for our fab competitions coming over the next few months? We’re celebrating our partnership with Sky Cinema by giving you the chance to win exclusive movie experiences. You can take your relaxation to the next level – just follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see our latest competitions and events.

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