Tomorrow is National Television Day… and it got me thinking about how much tv we watch, and the affect that it may have on us… Watching the news, murder programs, Crimewatch – there’s no escaping the fact that watching television can be just as anxiety inducing as it is relaxing. SO, with so much negativity coming in via our tv sets, let’s talk about how to handle it.

1. REMEMBER THAT IT IS YOU WHO IS IN CONTROL OF THINGS. NOT YOUR REMOTE.

So if you find yourself flicking out of habit, and doing things such as watching the news, when you really don’t want to be, then be aware of your tv habits and make a choice to change things. Start by getting a sheet of paper, and writing down the things that you watch habitually. Then, using a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not very much and 10 being a lot, mark how much that habit brings pleasure to you.

If you find things bring less pleasure and bring something negative into your life, then it might be time to break this habit. By creating awareness, you are on your way to saying no to things.

2. THINK ABOUT WHAT IS INFLUENCING HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF AND THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

Are you hooked on watching Keeping up with the Kardashians, because it became a habit, but when it’s finished, you are left feeling totally inadequate and wanting to look like a Kardashian? The rise of reality tv can really do a lot of damage to us – from making us feel insecure about our appearance, to convincing us that we need to buy things. Again, awareness is key here and in all honesty, most of us are probably guilty of just turning on the tv set and not even really being aware of it.

Deciding that you dont want to be exposed to certain tv shows, is a little like cleaning up your social media feed. Get rid of anything that drags you down or sucks your energy and think about how you want to fill that space once you have created it.

3. CHOOSE TO FILL YOUR FREE TIME WISELY.

Once you have decided to detox from some bad tv habits you will find that you suddenly have a lot more free time on your hands, so use it wisely. What will you do with that extra hour in the evening if you gave up watching old re-runs, or EastEnders and Corrie? You could write a book in the time that you save when you look at it on an annual basis….

And no I am not joking….

SO, next time that you hear someone say that watching the news depresses them, or that they are off home to stick the telly on as there is nothing else to do in the evening, spark up a conversation about what to do as an alternative… here are some suggestions:

  • START A GOOD BOOK AND THEN SWAP WITH FRIENDS.. KINDA LIKE A FRIENDS BOOK CLUB.
  • LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE THEN BOOK A TRIP TO THAT DESTINATION
  • JOIN A NIGHT CLASS
  • TAKE UP COOKING, CANDLE MAKING, SOAP MAKING… DO SOMETHING CREATIVE!

And if you do do any of my suggestions, please do let me know how you get on with it.

Until the next time

Have a great evening

Chris.

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