|Posted on July 31, 2015 at 12:40 AM|
“As parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts we need to start getting out into nature with the young people in our lives. Families play a key role in getting kids outside.” David Suzuki
Today’s Book: Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) By Chade-Meng Tan
How much time do you spend watching television? I couldn’t believe it when I read that 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. OK, sure, it’s fair to say that most people watch more television on the weekends than they do during the week. But think about all the things you could do with that time!
If you have followed my blog in the past you know I spend a lot of time in the outdoors. I’m such an advocate for getting outside and just breathing in the fresh air whenever possible. The mountain air, the ocean air, where ever you can go to get some fresh air, just get out there and breathe.
How much different would your life be if you spent those 5 hours each day that you watch TV working on something else? Consider the changes you could make to your health, social life, family life, and / or personal development.
I have a challenge for you:
Spend one weekend without TV and see what might happen!!
1. You’ll be forced to investigate other interests. Watching television is often a default action. It’s what you do when you are bored and have nothing else to do. Invention is the mother of necessity. Without your default distraction, you’ll have to find other ways to entertain yourself.
• Maybe you’ll find something even more enjoyable. You’ll certainly find something more productive.
2. You can spend more time with your family or friends. Instead of watching the ball game or Rocky for the 12th time, go out and play a game of ball! Have a cookout in the backyard. Go camping. Take a weekend road trip. Or just sit together and talk – whoa that’s a big one….
3. 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.
4. 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 or that cousin you haven’t talked to in a while. 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 or a close group of friends, go out for a night on the town, down to the boardwalk or for ice cream by the lake. Just get out and enjoy your local surroundings.
5. 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.
6. It’s a great time to tackle a major project. Big projects are challenging to start. It’s much easier to gravitate to the TV and stay there until there’s not enough time left to do any real work. How about next weekend you turn off the television and take the time to tackle a major project? You will feel so accomplished and fulfilled once you clear something off your to-do list.
7. 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. Shut down the electronics and meditate. Clear your mind and relax. As today’s picture quote states, you can find so much more in the woods. Listen to the trees, feel them, be one with your surroundings and let all else go!!
8. 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.
• With effective action, you can change your life quickly.
If you usually spend your weekend watching television, consider unplugging for just one weekend. When you see how much more you can accomplish, I’m sure you’ll want to do it more often. I guarantee that your TV habit is limiting your life. Spend more time with your family and or friends this weekend. Get out of the house and enjoy your life.
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