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The 8 Best Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopic Movies to Watch at Home

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To stop the spread of the new coronavirus, authorities have decreed confinement. Being locked up at home can be difficult, but it can also become an opportunity to spend time in our hobbies: reading, cooking, or exercising are good examples of that… But we all agree that the best way to kill time is to watch movies.

Have you always been thrown off by stories of zombies, viruses, annihilations, and planets destroyed by plagues? Well, maybe now is the perfect time to review some of the old classics of the genre and, to discover the new ones. Here is a selection of post-apocalyptic and survival films that will make you wonder if reality is, indeed, stranger than fiction. You can watch them all from home via online platforms such as 123 Movies, YouTube or Netflix you can find the best apocalyptic films.

Virus

The worst epidemic ever seen is sweeping through Bundang, a suburb of Seoul. After introducing a number of illegal immigrants to the country, Byung-woo dies of an unknown virus. Soon after, the same symptoms appear in other residents of the area. The village feels helpless in the face of an airborne virus, where the number of affected people is rapidly growing, causing chaos. Trying to avoid the worst-case scenario, the city, home to more than 19 million people, is preparing to close its borders. Meanwhile, viral specialist In-hye and rescue worker Ji-goo are going into the city to get a blood sample from “patient zero”, a crucial part of the research to try to make a vaccine.

Contagion

Right after an American woman travels to a casino in Hong Kong, a deadly virus begins to spread all over the world all of a sudden. Within days, the disease begins to decimate the population. Contagion occurs through mere contact between humans. A realistic, no-frills thriller about the effects of an epidemic.

Train to Busan

A mysterious viral outbreak puts Korea in a state of emergency. Sok-woo (Yoo Gong) and her daughter Soo-an (Su-an Kim) board the KTX, a fast train linking the 442 kilometers from Seoul to Busan. But right at the moment of their departure, an infected girl -a zombie- comes on board, and the passengers have to fight for their lives. Funny and spectacular, it makes one think about the importance of family and allows for moments of fun.

World War Z

A United Nations research expert (Brad Pitt) is forced to try and stop what could be the end of the world in a race against time and fate. The incoming destruction of the human race takes him around the world looking for answers on how to stop a horrible pandemic by trying to save the lives of millions of strangers as well as his own family.

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place’ takes place in a post-apocalyptic reality where everything is in absolute silence. The family formed by John Krasinski and Emily Blunt (his real-life partner) have to be totally silent trying to escape from some terrible creatures that will threaten them if they make any noise. The second part will be released sometime in 2020.

The Platform

The future. A dystopia. Two people per level. An unknown number of levels. One platform with food for all of them. Are you one of those who thinks too much when they’re in the upper levels? Or are you one of those who has no guts unless they’re below? If you find out too late, you won’t get out of the hole alive.

The Maze Runner

The year 2024. When young Thomas wakes up, he’s in an elevator and doesn’t remember who he is. Suddenly, the elevator stops, the doors open, and a crowd of boys greets him. He has reached the Glade, a place surrounded by very high walls with two gates that open every morning to an immense labyrinth. At night, the gates close and some terrifying creatures called grievers take over the maze. Everything that happens in the Glade follows a pattern: when the gates open, some children run out into the maze to find a way out. Once a month, the elevator goes up with a new boy, never a girl… Until now.

Wall-E

In a not too distant future, the Earth is desolate. It has become a huge garbage dump and no living being inhabits the planet anymore… Except for WALL-E, a robot that collects all the garbage, piles it up and creates huge buildings. However, the few humans left live in a space station and send a modern robot to Earth to see if there is any natural life. A masterful first half hour without words shows us a robot that rolls alone through a futuristic Earth completely destroyed by mankind.

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Spend All Your Time Online? Hobbies That’ll Get You More Hands On

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If you find yourself always online, it’s best to turn off the computer or phone and find something else to do. However, that’s a lot easier said than done! But if you’ve got a hands-on hobby in your back pocket, you’ll always have something fun and practical to turn to when you get bored. 

Staring at a screen all day isn’t healthy for you, and it’s good to find real ways to rest your eyes and get outside a bit more. As such, here are some ideas regarding the kinds of hobbies that’ll help you find enjoyment in things other than what’s going on online.

Woodworking 

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a carpenter, this is the first step on your journey to putting huge items of furniture together for your own home. Get a bit of wood, get a carving knife, and see how you can manipulate the material to make something interesting. Take precautions and protect your hands, but have fun at the same time. And while you’ve not got a woodworking shop yet, even just a small set of tools can help you whittle your way to new cutlery, decorative figurines, and incredibly personal birthday and anniversary presents. 

Building Models

Miniatures are a very popular hobby, and all thanks to the time and love we have to put into making them. And when you’re a fan of building your own models, you can move into other item builds, such as attaching 80 lower receiver jigs to a rifle project of your own. But to get started, all you need is a set of models to crack open, snip off, and glue together. Once you’re done with this, you can start painting them and even put together your own playing team. It’s not just a one step hobby you can then display in a cabinet – there’s a lot of nuance to explore. 

Gardening and Landscaping

Gardening is a totally free hobby to pick up if you’ve already got a garden. You can take cuttings from bushes, trees, and plants that you see out and about and then try to cultivate the same greenery in your own garden. Indeed, it’s a great way to blow off steam as well as get your hands dirty, which is something a screen just won’t allow! But if you prefer cutting back in the garden, you can try out landscaping instead, which will help you to design the outdoor space you’ve always wanted to relax in. 

Bake Your Own Bread

Baking is one of the best hands-on hobbies out there. Why? Because you get to eat something when you’re finished. And baking bread is quite the artform, so you’ll need to really brush up on your skills here. Plus, a freshly baked loaf every morning is always something to look forward to – it’s just the cleaning that’s annoying! 

If you’re always online, it’s time to break the habit! Get out and remind yourself there are other things to enjoy.

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Not Prioritizing Yourself Enough? Here’s How You Can Change It!

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In today’s society, there’s this push to promote self-care. While society five or maybe ten years ago would see the term “self-care” as something selfish, fortunately now, mental health has become a larger concern. While toxic positivity is being pushed out, and the whole “put yourself first” mantra is slowly beginning to reign supreme, there’s one question to ask. How exactly can one put themselves first? Also, how can these self-care changes even boost your well-being? These are some helpful ways to achieve that!

Understand Your Life Goals, Values, and Purpose

When it comes to putting yourself first, it’s important to begin by thinking of your life goals, your values, and what type of purpose you want in your life. While society once deemed people as “selfish” for even considering this, it’s your life, and you’re entitled to live your life the way you want it. Is one of your life goals to travel? Then that’s great! Keep aiming for it!

Identify Your Wants and Needs

Everyone has their own wants and needs, everyone does. What are yours? While it’s important to put other people’s wants and needs in front of your own (such as if you’re a parent), just keep in mind that you don’t have to do this all the time. So think about it, what are some small ways you can put your own wants and needs ahead without it jeopardizing anyone else. Maybe it can be something small such as getting more sleep, or maybe even something huge such as changing careers. It’s entirely up to you to decide.

Take Time to Get Your Headspace Right

A great way to get yourself into the right headspace is through the beauty of travel. This is actually one of the biggest ways that people are treating themselves and putting themselves first. Changing up your environment and your routine through the power of travel can be one of the very best ways to get yourself feeling recharged and just completely breaking away from what may be stressing you out. Whether you opt into a long vacation, weekend trip, or a day trip, just allow yourself the chance to breathe, take a break, and recharge.

Treat Yourself

There’s nothing wrong at all with treating yourself to things. Whether you’re wanting to gift yourself a nice car you shopped with through edmunds, a fun vacation, or anything else. There isn’t anything wrong with gifting things to yourself as long as you have the disposable income to do it and if it’s in moderation.

Opt-Out of Social Media That’s Not Good for You

Social media is a double-edged sword. It can be a great tool for connecting with people and staying in touch with friends and an extension of our personal brand. However, many people are finding that social media is not the best tool for their mental health and well-being. If possible, try to opt-out of social media if you feel it’s not good for you. And instead, try to spend more time in nature or offline activities like hanging out with family and friends.

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Building A Social Support System: An Essential Key To A Life Of Wellness

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Everybody needs somebody, even if you believe you thrive better as a lone wolf or prefer being antisocial. While having a support system around you will help you get through life, it also offers far-reaching health benefits. These include helping you deal with loneliness and even improving your chances to beat unhealthy addictions. A strong social system can also be very helpful when going through stressful times, battling chronic illnesses, etc. But how can you build a healthy social support system around you, and what does it entail? 

It’s important to first understand what a social support system is. It comprises friends, family, loved ones, and peers that you can call or rely on, especially in times of need to provide support, respect, and care. Having a support system around you can provide wisdom and guidance through tough times. It can also provide strength and hope with a generous supply of understanding and compassion.

Although research has shown that building a social support system can help you through the tough times, the last thing you want to do is try developing one only when you feel stressed and need assistance. Creating a social support system is something you should do when you’re not under stress or in need. This way, you don’t end up relying on the wrong people.

Start by making a list of those already in your life, including friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. When you are done with this, go through your list and highlight or underline those who have been supportive in your life and how. Next, make it a point to contact these people to check on them and find out how they’re doing. However, it’s important to note that you can also include professionals in your support system. For instance, counselors, psychologists, teachers, coaches, and healthcare professionals who have assisted you in difficult times, whether in the classroom, the gym, or in treatment programs you’re undergoing or already went through. 

Creating a healthy social support system also requires you to identify the barriers that have prevented you from creating healthy and meaningful connections with people. For instance, are you antisocial? Are you dealing with depression, drug abuse, or alcohol addiction issues that make it impossible to keep loving people around you? Once you identify your roadblocks to healthy social connections, find ways of removing them. For example, if you’re addicted to drugs and alcohol, you can find help through inpatient treatment programs. 

Another great way to build a social support system is to explore and embrace shared interests. It is easier to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who understand your emotions and can empathize in ways that others may not. For example, parents of a child with special needs will find immense support from other parents who share the same or similar difficulties. A great way to build such connections is by joining groups, associations, or clubs that share your interests and ensuring that you maintain regular interaction with the members. 

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