Snap back to reality by leaving reality TV shows in the dust.
Lets face it, most of us love TV
I think it is fair to say that we all love to watch TV. Whether it is the news, reality TV shows, or the latest Netflix series that everyone is raving about.
It gives us a little escape period where we can focus on something else other than what we are thinking about. And it gives us something to socialize about as well.
But where do we draw the line between quality TV and getting into a toxic rhythm of watching far too much TV.
Are you addicted to TV?
Addiction to TV is a real thing and it is likely pretty common these days now that TV continues to expand and get better. I recall when I was a kid with my cousins, our parents restricting our time with the new N64 was much like trying to keep an alcoholic away from their booze.
I don’t believe this is uncommon and the same type of connection can be had between our grown selves and reality TV shows.
There is nothing wrong with watching some TV, but many people take it to an extreme and it can begin to have negative side effects for us.
When does too much TV begin to affect our health?
There are three glaring issues with over watching TV that I can think of immediately. TV keeps us sedentary. At least with video games especially competitive or troubleshooting based ones your mind is constantly challenged to find solutions, sometimes pretty quickly.
But TV we simply sit and observe. There is little mental activity. We are simply entertained and taken away from reality.
This sitting practice can add up over time and have some pretty bad consequences on our bodies. It is best to keep our body and mind moving. It can help us keep good cardiovascular health, avoid illness and contribute to a higher general well being.
Those hours sat in front of the TV aren’t doing your body any good.
TV allows us to ignore pressing issues. If we have challenges in our lives it is pretty easy to flick on the TV and push out the issues we are having and escape them for as long as we want to sit there.
Slowly but surely our issues begin to stack up without any solutions and we fall behind in self-care. We can escape them by watching TV but this is temporary and as soon as we shut the TV off we return to being backlogged by the challenges that we face in our everyday lives.
This can place a significant amount of stress on our minds. In turn it leads to an overall downturn in mood, and can mess up our sleep patterns.
The hours sat in front of the TV aren’t doing our mindset any good.
TV gives us some unrealistic expectations. This doesn’t apply to everyone but a lot of people experience the fallout of watching TV that basically depicts what we believe to be better lives than our own.
The onslaught of modern advertising can work its way into the TV shows that we watch. Made in a studio, designed to convey a message of how one should be living their life.
For some people when the TV goes off there can be an emptiness that remains as we ponder our own lives and how they compare to the TV lives.
So we turn the TV back on again and drown out the issues we have with ourselves instead of taking action to change our situation.
These things may not happen to everyone, some may suffer from these types of side effects more than others. But they are definitely there and we can do something about it.
Do something better with your time
There is quite a bit of time that is spent watching TV for some people. Countless hours where we aren’t doing much more than sitting there. These hours could be used more productively and be adding way more value to our lives than simply sitting and drowning out the world.
You could be connecting more with challenges that you are experiencing and doing something about it. Sitting in front of the TV isn’t going to solve anything for you. You have to engage and do it yourself.
There are numerous studies that have shown that brain activity and learning new things can have an outstanding effect on our mental well being. It can go as far as preventing mental diseases as we age such as dementia.
These hours spent watching TV could be used to learn something new. Doesn’t matter what it is, learn a new language, learn to play an instrument, pick up a random scientific book and read it front to back.
We could also be more physical instead of watching TV. If you are having challenges physically, you could be doing something about it rather than escaping the thought by watching TV.
Rise up to the challenge that you are experiencing and commit to doing something about it. Go for a walk every day. Do some yoga at home every day. Visit a gym with a friend everyday. These types of activities will have substantial benefits for your body so far more than watching TV.
Make a list
Do yourself a favor and create a list of things that are troubling you. They can be whatever you feel is challenging you in your life.
Make a list of these things and for every item, select a realistic solution for that challenge.
Work at one challenge at a time until you have done enough that it no longer bothers you.
Treat yourself once and a while by watching a movie, documentary, or the biggest TV series at the time. But there has to be some control and moderation.
If you find you too easily become captured for hours on end of watching TV, you may want to consider getting rid of the thing altogether.
This is coming from a non-TV owner. I personally do not own a TV. If I wish to watch a movie I simply watch it on my laptop from time to time.
And with the time in between if I become bored, I can fill the time by cleaning, or leaving my house. There are plenty of things to explore in my locale, and they don’t cost a dime. I bet there is in your neck of the woods too.
Find something productive to do with your time! After all the time you have outside of work is yours to do with as you please, so do something that is going to ad some value to your life.