Study Proves Watching 'Friends' Is Good For Your Health

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Tag ya mum.

Tag your mum, dad and that one nosey aunt 'cause it turns out keeping your eyes glued to the TV isn't bad for you.

In fact, if you're watching a series like Friends, it's downright beneficial.

Clinical psychologist Marc Hekster has told UK publication Metro that indulging in some time with Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and the gang, can actually help people who suffer with anxiety.

Speaking with the publication, the psychologist explained, “Having worked for over a period of 20 years with those experiencing anxiety, I can conclude that among other factors, it is the repetitive and relational nature of programs such as Friends and Big Bang Theory that will be doing the trick.”

“Anxiety is in fact the human minds’ alarm system, indicating that something is wrong, and usually the result of pent-up and unprocessed feelings.

“The build-up is not dissimilar to a pressure-cooker and will always need to find a way out," he added.

“It is soothing to see the same outcome every time and know you can depend on it. This is at the heart of human development. So, when grown-ups are anxious, they can have child-like feelings of fear and worry, and these can be soothed by repetition. Bring on Friends repeats for the 10th time.”

Now, real talk; if you're experiencing anxiety, depression or panic disorders, you can and should seek help. There are some great resources available at Lifeline and Beyond Blue.

But if you've just had a rough day and need to unwind, feel free to flick on Stan and catch up on Friends.

Image: Getty / NBC

Written By Ally Parker