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How to Finally Break the TV Addiction

By Genevieve Cunningham

It’s fairly safe to say that the majority of us are addicted to the television in today’s world. Television is our go-to entertainment, so we tend to get intimately connected to various TV shows, reality programs, or simply the wind-down feeling of decompressing on the couch after work. While TV isn’t the worst thing in the world, it can be an addiction with some negative consequences if we’re not careful. If you’d like to completely cut out or simply cut back on your TV time, take a look at these tips for breaking the TV addiction in order to improve your mental and physical health.

Find an Active Hobby

Many of us watch a lot of television simply because we don’t have anything better to do. If you want to break the habit, it can be incredibly helpful to find a fun and engaging hobby to take its place. Interested in cooking or exercise or model airplanes or archery? Pick up something that you have always wanted to do or learn, and make it a part of your daily routine. This can help to take place of your normal TV time and allow you to cut back.

Make a Very Specific Schedule

If you’re not sold on the idea of cutting off the TV, and you’d like to take an extra slow approach, try scheduling only an hour or two a day. Pick your favorite, can’t miss, must watch program, and make that the only thing you watch in a day’s time. If you watch a ton of television, you may cut back to three hours a day or so. If you’re not a huge TV watcher, maybe you cut back to an hour or so. Over time, you can cut this number even more until you’re watching the right amount for your personal goals.

Shut It Off

Let’s face it: Some people need to go cold turkey. If this is you, just pull the plug. Turn off your satellite or cable or whatever form of television you have, and go all out. For some people, this is the only thing that works. Turning it back on is a hassle, so cutting it off helps you resist the temptation, or at least makes you jump through hoops to get your addiction back.

We all love a little TV from time to time, but there’s no reason for it to completely take over your life. This can lead to negative consequences for both your physical and mental well-being. Break your addiction to the screen with these tips, and watch the benefits roll in like never before.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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