8 Movies to Relieve Work Stress

It’s no secret that work can be stressful. Meeting deadlines, dealing with difficult coworkers, and working long hours can really take a toll. While some stress is normal, too much for too long can negatively impact your physical and mental health. That’s why it’s important to take time to decompress and recharge. One great way to relieve work stress is by watching a fun, lighthearted movie. Here are 8 great movies to help you relax after a long day at the office.

  1. School of Rock (2003) – This comedy starring Jack Black is perfect for letting loose and having a laugh. Black plays Dewey Finn, a wannabe rocker who impersonates his roommate and gets a job as a substitute teacher. He turns his class into a rock band to compete in a local Battle of the Bands. The students find their voices while Dewey finds his passion again. With a feel-good story and energetic musical numbers, this movie is a great pick-me-up.
  2. Clueless (1995) – For a dose of 90s nostalgia, you can’t go wrong with this charming rom-com. Alicia Silverstone stars as Cher, a wealthy, popular high school student who takes a new girl under her wing and plays matchmaker for her teachers. Though set in Beverly Hills, the movie is filled with relatable teenage drama. The clever dialogue and fashion remind us of simpler times.
  3. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) – Working in a high-pressure job? This comedy-drama starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway will let you laugh about it. Hathaway plays aspiring journalist Andy who lands a job as an assistant to the editor of a famous fashion magazine. Streep steals every scene as Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief who makes Andy’s life hell. Watching Andy’s predicament will make your job seem not so bad!
  4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – What better vicarious adventure to transport you away from work than a day playing hooky in downtown Chicago? Matthew Broderick is brilliant as Ferris, a popular high schooler who fakes an illness to take the day off with his girlfriend and best friend. His schemes to avoid getting caught are fun and hilarious. We get to escape responsibility right along with Ferris.
  5. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – There’s no place like home to forget about the office for a couple hours. When a tornado transports Dorothy from Kansas to the magical land of Oz, she embarks on an epic journey down the yellow brick road to find her way back home. The vibrant world with its colorful characters, memorable songs, and life lessons taught is the perfect distraction when you need comfort.
  6. Mean Girls (2004) – Office drama got you down? Tina Fey’s witty script about high school cliques, based partially on her own experiences, shows that work politics are nothing compared to the cafeteria. Lindsay Lohan stars as a new girl who falls in with the popular Plastics, led by resident mean girl Regina George. The satirical take on petty rivalries helps put your own workplace squabbles in perspective.
  7. Chef (2014) – For the ideal workday escape, join a chef who rediscovers his passion for food and cooking. After a popular food critic slams his restaurant, chef Carl Casper quits on the spot. Starting from scratch, he buys a food truck to get back to his culinary roots, serving Cuban sandwiches on the road. The mouth-watering food and soundtrack will have you dreaming about throwing in the towel and pursuing your true passions.
  8. Legally Blonde (2001) – If you’re feeling underestimated at the office, let Elle Woods be your inspiration. Reese Witherspoon stars as the bubbly sorority president who gets dumped by her boyfriend for someone more “serious.” To win him back, she earns her way into Harvard Law School, graduating top of her class! Elle proves you can be fun, fashionable and smart. This comedy is a reminder not to let others define your capabilities.

The next time you’re burnt out and need a break, queue up one of these uplifting movies. Taking time to restore yourself with laughter, music, comfort food or inspiration can help you face work’s challenges recharged and ready to tackle whatever comes your way!