Yes, yes, we’ve all heard it before. We watch too much television, get too wrapped up in the doings of characters on sitcoms, and are completely stressed out by the constant stream of bad news blaring from twenty four hour news channels that repeat the same stories over and over all day and night, parsing them like a food processor goes through an onion.
Just like internet addictions, scrolling through messages on the phone and a whole lot more, television can be a real time sucker. It can also be stressful as one gets wrapped up in the goings on of those who do not share our value systems, and who have lives that really are make-believe.
So, do yourself a favor and turn it off. Take a walk, or go for a swim. Take the kids to the park. Read a book. Go through the closets and declutter the house. Visit with family and friends.
These are all things that we can do to improve the quality of life instead of watching television.
From Craig Dewe’s 11 Reasons You Should Stop Watching Television Now:
My personal argument for watching TV is that it’s easy. You stop working for the day and get to relax and turn off your brain for a while, but the reality is that what is easy for us is hardly ever the best thing.
I also get to relax when I’m out at a kung fu or dance class. I get to relax when I’m hanging out with friends or spending time with my girlfriend. I also get to relax when reading a book, listening to uplifting audio or even watching uplifting videos (like TED talks or educational materials).
We get one life to live and it’s up to us to make the most of it. Every hour of the day is an investment that pays off right now and in our future. Invest wisely and your life will actually be filled with truly beautiful people doing amazing things and having great adventures.
Personally, I relax with a book, gardening, walking, or even, sometimes singing. These are things that take me away from the online world.
The outdoors is calling. Later.