I feel like this is the time of the year when we all start getting cabin fever, and start asking ourselves “When will it be spring/ will it EVER be spring?” 🙂
I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of the cold. I don’t do winter sports, or even really go outside this time of year, and let’s just say when I finally got a car with an automatic start feature in the middle of winter I did a little happy dance inside.
So what’s one to do when going outside isn’t an option your willing to consider? Well if you are any sort of a normal human being in this technology driven society your answer might fall along the lines of “watching television” or “surfing the internet/scrolling through social media”….and up until recently, that was my answer too.
Winter seems to last forever where I live, and the long hours spent indoors can drag when you don’t have anything specific to do (cough *want* to do cough).
Safe to say I ended up spending quite a bit of time being a couch potato, watching endless hours of the cooking channel and mystery shoes.
But….eventually I got sick of it.
I was just sitting there rolling my eyes at another ridiculous commercial and wondered “What am I doing? I’ve been sitting here for HOURS watching shows I don’t really even want to watch but am just watching because I’m bored.”
The older generations call it a “Boob Tube” for a reason, just saying.
I started thinking about all of the things I could be doing with the time I was wasting, all the things I always said that I never had Time for, or that I should really get back to. Things that I actually enjoy.
Sooooo I decided to stop watching television for the indefinite future. It started as an experiment to see what I would actually have time for if I nixed the tube, and has turned into a lifestyle choice.
Now granted, I live with other people, so chucking the tube in the trash isn’t an option, but I found that rearranging my furniture so that the television wasn’t the center of attention anymore helped in reducing the temptation to watch it. It used to be up on top of our piano, right there center stage when you walked in the door….kind of ugly looking too when I think about it. Now it’s tucked in a corner on top of an end table, out of the way, and instead the first thing you see when you walk in the door is the couch, a bunch of indoor plants, and a cute nook with a couple cozy chairs just inviting someone to sit and relax in them.
But, back to the point, nixing the television has been a grand decision. I now seem to have much more free time than I had before, those precious hours between coming home from work and dozing off for the night have seem to multiplied, and I’m feeling freer that I ever have. I’m also doing all of the things I actually enjoy doing, like reading books, making art, trying out new recipes, going to the library more, etc.
So here we go, 5 Reasons to Nix Television
- Television (and any technology for that matter) is a time sucker, you start saying “Oh, i’ll just watch a quick half hour show” and 3-4 hours later you’re looking at the clock wondering where the time went.
- Studies have shown that watching too much television (especially right before bed) can mess with the ZZZZ’s you’re getting every night. I don’t know about you, but I love me some restful sleep.
- Is there really anything that good on television these days?
- It increases your consumption of electricity, and thereby your electric bill. Nix it and save some dough, and the planet 🙂
- One word- COMMERCIALS
Oh, and for those of you asking “What will I do if I’m not watching television?”….this one’s for you… 20 Things you can do instead of watch television
- Take a bath, indulge yourself to some “me” time
- Read a book, or two, or twelve if you’re like me 🙂
- Draw a picture, or color a picture with a kiddo in your life
- Take a nap
- Try out a new recipe, or learn how to cook
- Finish up that housework that you’ve been avoiding, I know it’s not fun but it also needs to be done, so just do it lol
- Make a cozy nest of pillows and blankets on the couch and listen to some music
- Go visit a library, or your local community center, places that are still indoors but at least get you out of the house.
- Call your Grandmother, trust me, she’ll love it
- Spend some quality time with your pets
- Plan a special evening for you and that special someone, bonus points if it’s a technology-free evening!
- Babysit some kids you know and give their parents a nice kid-free evening
- Go to a museum
- Spend time reconnecting with all those friends you never seem to get around to texting back
- Write a letter to someone
- Try out a new resturaunt
- Board game night!
- Get crafty, I have made countless things from blankets to baskets to purses, etc.
- Actually try out all those hairstyle/makeup/style pins you have saved on pinterest
- If all else fails, try something new. Take up a new hobby like sewing, reading, baking, painting. Or incorporate some exercise into your routine now that you have enough “time” to do it 😉
Have you tried nixing the television? Other technology? How’d it go? Let me know in the comments!