If you know me, you will know I adore films and one of my favourite things to do is visit the cinema on my own (Thanks to my parents putting me in the Trafford Centre cinema while they quickly did a spot of shopping – I am not complaining I loved it) After toying with the idea for years I decided to purchase the Cineworld unlimited card. The more I use it, the more I realised the benefits of going to the cinema has on my mental health.
Makes you be present
The cinema is one of the only times I am completely present. Once the film starts I do not look at my phone and become engulfed in the film. I love that feeling and want to lap it up as much as I can.
Gets you out of the house
Sometimes when I am struggling with something, I can go into myself and not actively seek out social interaction. Meaning unless someone talks to me or makes me go out of the house, you may not see me. Getting out of the house is exactly what I need when I feel like this. A trip to the cinema allows you to do this without the anxiety about having to be so social.
Helps you be social with friends
On the other hand sometimes you want to be social but not feeling very chatty. You may want to do something with a friend but are not sure exactly what to do you a have a good option which will not suck out too much energy from you.
A trip to the cinema is one of my favourite things to do in the world and the benefits it can give goes much more beyond the screen. Now if you excuse me, I need to get myself to a screening of The Hate You Give stat.