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January came in like a wrecking ball. The kids went back to school and I spent a few weeks feeling under the weather. The cold weather, the craziness of the holiday season and the winter blahs had me wanting to bury myself under a giant blanket, sit next to the fireplace and binge on Netflix

It was what got me through the winter blahs. My inner Desi did back flips with glee at the Pakistani dramas (with subtitles!) that have been added. They are ridiculously addictive and if you have serious binge watching tendencies like myself, you may just nose dive into a series and come up for air on the other side. Yes, they are THAT good. Two series I binged on are Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Humsafar.

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Humsafar on Netflix

My daughter and I like to spend girl time curled up under a blanket (you can definitely see my theme for the month of January) eating popcorn and cuddling while watching a series together. We absolutely loved One Day at a Time. It was about a Cuban family and so relatable. They dealt with difficult, real life situations with humour, love and open communication. I loved being able to watch it with my daughter and then speak about the episodes over piping hot mugs of hot chocolate. 


Then the tragic events of January 29th took place in Quebec city and I was left reeling, heartbroken, sad and upset. The terrorist attack that left 6 innocent worshippers dead inside of a mosque while praying hit me hard as a Quebec born, Muslim woman. My inner activist went into overdrive conducting interview after interview, writing article after op-ed after social media post. By the time I tucked the kids in every night, I needed to unwind and mentally disconnect. Netflix was my go to form of self care. I especially enjoyed Last Man Standing, a hilarious comedy starring Tim Allen (I was a huge fan of Home Improvement growing up) as a father to three girls and living in a house full of women. It left me laughing out loud and feeling lighter after every episode.


Like I said, January came in like a wrecking ball but it left with me feeling empowered as a women, stronger as an activist and thankfully much more relaxed after my steady self care regimen of Netflix to the rescue (diet, exercise, mediation too of course). These are some of my favourites on Netflix this month, what are some of yours?

DISCLOSURE: I’m part of the Netflix Stream Team. While I receive certain gifts and perks as part of my involvement, all opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. For me, Netflix is a way to escape the stresses of everyday life. I love to binge on my favorite shows, as well as a movie or two, while shutting out the world.

  2. I have such a long list of Netflix favorites. I watched Santa Clarita Diet one day while my kids were at school. There are a bunch of shows I can’t wait for the next season.

  3. Netflix is one of my best escapes! I binge watch Friends usually and it makes me feel relaxed and happy. We usually watch something each week as a family too!

  4. I haven’t had time to watch Netflix lately but I do have One Day at a Time on my list. I used to watch the original when I was growing up.

  5. I love to relax and get lost in my favorite shows. Netflix is a great way to binge watch shows. They have a great selection for the whole family.

  6. Here lately I have been rewatching some of my favorite series. I am going to add these to my list to check out.

  7. I love Netflix! I don’t even have cable because Netflix is all I need! There are so many shows I want to catch up on too.

  8. I love these shows too! And Netflix is definitely part of my self-care routine too! Such a great way to relax!! 😀

  9. I Really liked One Day at a Time too. I Thought it presented really good issues in a funny and relatable way. Hope it is renewed!

  10. Never really thought of it as self care before, but you’re totally right. It’s how my wife and I unwind after another day of toddler madness.

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