3 Reasons to Netflix Less & Chill More
I recently realized just how frequently I watch Netflix. The first thing I do when I get home from work is set up a TV show or movie and eat a snack to help me destress from my work day. It is also the very last thing I do before bed to relax and decompress. TV has become a crutch for me, and the only way I can turn-off my mind. It is an unwanted addiction.
My husband shared this concern as well so we committed to a Netflix Detox. Instead of turning on a show, we chose other means of relaxation: reading, pursuing other projects, yoga, stretching, praying, journaling, etc. After just two short weeks, here is what happened.
The mental benefits of less Netflix were pretty expected in my opinion. I was hoping to create more time for other mental activities such as reading a book or writing a new blog post. Not only did the extra time allow me to spend my efforts elsewhere, it also created a mental peace. I started worrying less about not having time to get my work done and focusing more on creating time. My priorities shifted. Comparison–of others, of things, of time–was less on my mind. I became more mindful of the amount of time in each day allowing me to intentionally make decisions on how to spend each moment. Less Netflix expanded my mental picture of each day.
This Netflix detox was truly a detoxing of my emotions as well. I realized I was calmer and felt less fatigued. Instead of mindlessly sitting on my couch and binging TV shows, I found other ways to relax and restore my mind. Feelings of being overwhelmed were lessened and I grew more aware that TV actually caused some anxiety. I realized I could prioritize other ways of self-care which lead me to feeling freer emotionally. This detox happened to be during my time of the month. As a woman, I'm sure you can relate to the "I hate everyone even though they did nothing to me” feels. Well, for some reason, my erratic feelings subsided and I had one of the most productive periods of all.
In addition, my emotional connection with my husband grew as we chose to chat rather than watch a show during our meals. If anything, this was the biggest blessing of all. Our relationship grew stronger, I felt as if I understood him better, and we began sharing more quality time with each other.
The physical benefits of "Less Netflix" have been a blessing. I swapped my TV time for a gym class, yoga, or stretching. It lengthened my muscles and increased my flexibility. I became less sore after intense workouts - this showed me just how little time I previously put into stretching. Moving my body, even lightly, helped me become less tense and feel less sluggish - better yet, my energy increased.
Another physical benefit is that I ended up snacking / eating smaller portions. Before my detox, I would snack while watching a movie or eat dinner with a TV show playing. This lead to mindless eating and a tendency to overeat. Without a Netflix distraction, I became more conscious of what I put in my body.
Although this Netflix detox was difficult to get used to at first, it changed many areas of my life. It’s benefits far out-weighed the negatives. I encourage everyone to try this for one week and see how you feel. Journal your habits, your feelings, and your progress. See how you can use your time more wisely to care for yourself.