The average American watches 5 hours of television a day, and I get it. You come home from work, you’re exhausted from your day, you’re sleep-deprived and lack physical energy, so you come home and plonk yourself on the couch for the night, then head off to bed, ready to do it aalll again the next day. But life doesn’t have to be like that.
However not all TV is bad. You can gain knowledge from some documentaries and movies. I am more talking about reality TV and noneducational movies/programmes where you don’t gain a single thing from watching it, except feeling even more tired and rundown. I have put together a list of reasons to stop, as well as things you can do instead of watching television, that could dramatically change your quality of life.
1. It’s a waste of time – The obvious reason to quit. You could be doing meal prep to save time later in the week, cleaning the house, exercising, spending quality time with your partner or family, or participating in a hobby. TV rarely helps us to enjoy the true joy of life, as it takes up hours of your day.
2. Once it’s gone, you don’t miss it – I didn’t have TV between the ages of 17 and 21. If it wasn’t already in the flat I moved into, I still wouldn’t have one! During this time I held down 2-3 jobs whilst studying full-time, started my blog and wrote regular posts, published an e-book, started my modelling career and maintained an extremely healthy lifestyle as that’s what I’m passionate about.
3. You will have more time for friends and family – You can host weeknight dinners, or catch up for brunch and coffee in the weekends without stressing about how much you have on your to-do list.
4. More time for exercise – This is a big factor that contributes to your overall health and well-being. It will help get your blood-flow going, increase your heart-rate, burn fat and tone your muscles. Try to pick physical activity you enjoy, such as dancing, hiking, kayaking, riding a bike, learning how to fight or self-defence, pole dancing, power-walking with friends, yoga, or weekly sports such as netball. This will make you more likely to attend. Try to exercise around 4 times a week.
5. More time to clean the house and cook healthy meals – When you have a clean, tidy, uncluttered home, you are less likely to feel overwhelmed and stressed when you come home from work at the end of the day. You will have more time to cook wholesome nutritious home-cooked meals as well, instead of takeaways or quick unhealthy dinners.
6. You may feel more confident – When people watch TV, they often compare themselves to TV stars which could cause insecurities or negative emotions. This is because some programmes or movies create unrealistic expectations, giving people feelings of inadequacy.
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9. What value does it give you anyway? – What are you really gaining from this? Do you want to get ahead in life? Or just sit around? You weren’t put into this world to just pay bills and wait till you die.
10. You could watch online webinars instead to teach you valuable skills, so you can expand your knowledge – Whether you are learning how to do something (like when I was learning about blogging), or you want to try a new hobby, or you want to create something for around the home such as a DIY project, or if you are simply interested in personal development – Educational videos are far better than plain old TV.
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11. Work towards your ultimate dreams – If you could achieve one thing in life, what would it be? Do you want to travel the world, start your own business, be your own boss and work from home, lose weight so you can feel confident again, volunteer for a good cause, start your dream career, or learn how to invest your money? Whats holding you back?
Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Put in the work, learn about the topic, read books and expand your knowledge, network with others in the industry/people who have done it before and set out the exact steps you need to take to achieve it. “Great things never come from comfort zones”.
12. Make more time for your spouse to improve your relationship – Enjoy quality time, go on more dates, be in the moment. By turning the TV off even just a few nights a week, it could do wonders for your relationship. Talk with each other, learn The 5 Love Languages, make travel plans, create future goals, sort out your finances so you are on the same page. Enjoy each others company and bring back the intimacy.
Here are ideas for other things you can do with your time!
- Learn a new skill
- Read a book
- Yoga or other forms of exercise
- Go hiking on a nature walk
- Go camping
- Have a picnic
- Watch the sunset or sunrise
- Find local attractions or events around your city
- Declutter, clean and organise your home
- Do meal prep – Prepare meals then freeze them
- Work on a DIY project
- Plan an overseas trip
- Catch up with old friends
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Attend a cooking class or learn to cook a new cuisine
- Spend time controlling and looking after your finances. Start a budget, learn to invest, or start a side hustle to earn extra income.
- Start a garden
- Volunteer for a good cause
- Host a dinner party
- Lay out personal and professional goals, with a plan on how you will achieve them
- Have a relaxing bath
- Go on a date
- Surprise your partner
- Clean out and organize your closet and pantry
- Go to a farmers market
- Visit a winery or brewery
- Relax at a coffee shop
- Go ice skating
- Sell items you no longer use for extra money
- Make sushi
- Go horse riding
- Visit an art exhibit
- Organise your life
- Change your habits for a healthier lifestyle
- Hold a ‘wine and cheese’ night or a ‘beer and poker’ night with your friends
- Visit the beach or thermal hot springs
- Write an e-book to sell online
- Write your dream business plan
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