“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” ~Steve Jobs
At its best, television offers up news, entertainment and connection to the world. At its worst, it offers a distraction from your life that can become almost toxic if you’re not careful. People might accuse you of being flighty, forgetful or even downright disrespectful.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying being scattered makes you a bad person or anything – hell, if that were true, I’d be an awful person by now.
I’m just saying that if you ever feel like your brain has become “constipated,” this is where you ought to start clearing out some space in there – it’ll help you make room for the creativity, energy and other positive stuff you’re blocking now.
Ask yourself: How much time do you spend watching television?
According to recent research, adults between the ages of 35 and 50 watch over 33 hours of TV per week. That’s almost 5 hours per day. Worse, many people are awake for only 12 hours per day. That means almost half of a person’s waking hours are spent in front of the boob tube!
I think it’s fair to say that most people watch more television on the weekends than they do during the week. Think of all the things you could do with that time!
How much personal change could you create in your life if you spent those 5 hours each day working on something else, something about which you’re passionate?
It really can make a difference.
What, you don’t believe me? Okay, consider the small changes you could make to your health, social life, family life, and personal development.
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You’ll be forced to investigate other interests. Watching television is often a default action. It’s what you do when you can’t find anything else to do. Invention is the mother of necessity. Without your default distraction, you’ll find other ways to entertain yourself.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll find something even more enjoyable. You’ll certainly find something more productive. Hey, don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!
You can spend more time with your family. Instead of watching the the latest housewives reality cameras are following around (or Legally Blonde for the 17th time), take your family to the park or to the pool. Have a cookout in the backyard. Go camping. Take a weekend road trip. Or just sit together and talk. You get the idea.
You can improve your health. How would your health change if you dropped just 4 hours of television per week and spent that time exercising? This weekend is a great chance to get started on a new exercise program.
You can connect with other people. Instead of ordering a pizza and sitting in front of the TV on Saturday night, pick up the phone and call an old friend. Get out of the house and be around others. You might make a new friend or find the love of your life. If you have a family, take them out for a night on the town.
You could read a book. Most people fail to read even one book per year. Imagine the advantage you’d have if you became a regular reader. If you don’t have the time or funds to visit India, you can read about it. Nearly every bit of information in the world can be found in a book.
It’s a great time to tackle a major project. Big projects are challenging to start. It’s a little easier to gravitate to the TV and stay there until there’s not enough time left to do any real work. Maybe next weekend. Turn off the television and you’ll have plenty of time to tackle a major project and get a great start. Your significant other will be thrilled, too.
You can spend time with yourself. Can you stand to sit with yourself for an hour? Most people can’t. Television is a great distraction. There’s sound, moving pictures, and a compelling story. It’s a perfect way to distract yourself from your thoughts. If you’re stressed, your TV is one of your first stops.
You’ll have time to address your challenges. You could use your extra time to address the aspects of your life that make you unhappy. Watching TV solves nothing. Spend that time enhancing your life by facing your challenges head-on.
And hey- now that you’ve got the time to take real action, you can change your life FAST.
SO, what do you say?
If you usually spend your weekend watching television, consider unplugging for just one weekend. When you see how much more you can accomplish, you’ll be hooked.
Your TV habit is limiting your life. Spend more time with your family this weekend. Get out of the house and enjoy your life. You ready? Think you can do it?
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.