It’s really easy to come home and spend the evening watching TV. And that’s all fine and good as long as the rest of your life is balanced, you’re attending to responsibilities, and you actually want to be watching TV. My problem with it is when it becomes a fallback option.
What do you want to do tonight? Meh. Why don’t we just put The Office on?
Do you want to go so and so’s party? I don’t really want to go out. Do you mind if we just order food and cuddle? (AKA watch TV)
Did you hear that the new season of Orange is the New Black just came out? Yup! I’m not leaving the house this weekend!
Now, these are all very reasonable situations for me. And that’s not to say that it’s not great to kick back and shut off for a little while. My problem is that I tend to fall back on watching TV when I don’t know what I want to do. What’s sad about that is that I then don’t ever really look forward to watching a movie or TV show. And I don’t usually pay much attention. It becomes background noise while I write or scroll through Facebook. Plus, I don’t use my creativity to come up with something that will actually produce a result or a memory.
I’m trying to be more active in my own life. Watching TV is very solitary and doesn’t really accomplish anything. So, if I’m going to watch it, I want to want to watch it, if that makes sense.
So the subject of Day 3 of my meditation and self-care is watching less TV.
I’ve consciously forced myself to do other things. It’s made me more productive in so many ways already. Since I got up today (guaranteed, slightly later than I meant to), I…
- Went for a lovely walk
- Bought groceries for tonight’s dinner, breakfast for the week, and tomorrow’s dinner
- Called my mum and had a lovely chat with her and my sister
- Started dinner in the slow cooker
- Made breakfast for the next two mornings
- Prepared healthy snacks for work all this week and then cleaned up after myself
- Listened to a couple podcasts
- And probably other things I’m forgetting
Want to know what I accomplish on days that I watch TV all day? Ummm…I watched two seasons of Friends… And maybe swept the apartment or something else that takes 15 minutes.
Now, after accomplishing all of that and actually making the time to talk to my family, I do feel like watching a couple episodes of The Office, but I’ll stop it when it’s time to finish dinner, instead of leaving it playing in the background.
I feel like this month is very much about tuning in to myself and what I really want and need. Today’s meditation was about focus and intention, and that really resonated with me today.
Now I’m just imagining all of the things I can do instead of watching TV:
- Play more board games with my hubby
- Come up with more delicious recipes to share with you all
- Spend more time outside
- Go to an art gallery
- Write/blog more
- Draw or paint
- Spend more time with friends
And I think that’s the thing–it’s the same for me as forcing yourself to put away your phone when you’re eating with others. Don’t allow yourself to disengage. Instead, engage with the world and see what happens.
How much TV do you watch a week?
How do you keep yourself from binging too much?