I once wrote about films acting as antidepressants. Now I wish to discuss various pieces of art that act as a sort of comfort food whenever you just feel like relaxing and unwinding after a long and stressful day. These are the pieces of media that you put on while you're lying on the couch and just follow in a half awake state or while you're checking your phone or while you're doing something in the house and you need background noise. These are just some of the pieces of media that do this for me.
For some reason, when there's nothing on television, I usually just pull up my Amazon Prime account and watch episodes of Futurama or Family Guy that I downloaded. I don't know exactly what it is about these two shows that acts as a comfort agent. Maybe it's the simplistic designs and the bright colors. Maybe it's the fact that I've seen these episodes several times and can just relax, in a daze, while only half paying attention to what's going on. Whatever the case, these two shows are often what I put on the television when I'm just relaxing on the couch or in bed.
For some, video games are often not something you play while relaxing. Video games usually require focus and quick reflexes to play and win. However, I found that one game series acts as the exception to the rule. The Lego video games that are based on licensed properties (such as Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and Lord of the Rings) are often brightly colored with very simplistic game play (it is a game designed primarily for children after all). However, I feel that the simplistic game play, matched with the bright colors and witty sense of humor, make the games relaxing and enjoyable rather that frustrating and stress inducing.
As I've stated before in a previous work, I often look to animated films as a sort of antidepressant. This mostly has to do with how colorful and energetic most of them are. For example, I love relaxing and watching "The Lego Movie" over a lazy Saturday. "The Lego Movie" is one of those movies I've seen several times and know almost every joke by heart. This makes it a great watch while I'm doing something else or just vegging on the couch. It's also one of the funniest animated movies I've ever seen and always manages to put a smile on my face.
These are just a few of the examples I was able to think of off the top of my head. I'm sure I have several more, but those will have to be stories for another time. This article was mostly just a filler piece, to be honest, but I hope it brought you readers some joy in discussing media as a sort of comfort food. Hopefully it made you all think about the media you consume and why certain pieces of media make you feel comfortable and relaxed.