Netflix makes me happy.
My fella and I love to watch a good show like Frasier, NCIS, Blue Blood, or Madam Secretary. Once we find a show we tend to burn through episodes like a wildfire. So it might be surprising to know that a few weeks ago we stopped cold turkey.
Today I sat in class for three hours. I worked for six hours. I did homework for two hours. I took a long shower. I perused through a cookbook. I answered emails. I did a bit of shooting with my camera. I did all these things, but I did not watch TV. Why? Because Warrior Man and I decided to give up watching TV (which for us, means Netflix) five days a week.
A few weeks ago, my hubby suggested we stop watching Netflix (we don’t get cable) during the weekdays. We have both been incredibly busy this semester, and we had been slacking on homework in our classes. The truth is, that after a long crazy day we had gotten in the habit of watching Netflix shows. We would burn through a series in a matter of a week or even days. We were serial Netflix enthusiasts.
We were both accomplishing so much during the day that it seemed okay to indulge at night, right? We were rewarding ourselves for a job well done! The problem was that while Netflix is comforting, and relaxing it also was eating up homework time, and causing us to stay up far too late every night.
So, we decided to no longer watch TV during the week. I didn’t think we would last a day. I was wrong.
The first week felt a bit surreal. Just like a dieter filling himself up on 1/4 cup of cashews, and an apple instead of a bag of fast food I felt the difference, but the hunger pangs were not as bad as I thought they would be.
Each day there would be a moment when I would be tempted, and Warrior Man struggled a couple of times too. But we both held strong.
At the end of the week, Warrior Man suggested we watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding (affiliate link). I made popcorn (using coconut oil, natch!), we grabbed the fuzzy blankets, and gleefully clicked on the TV. We enjoyed that movie with an enthusiasm that was unmatched. I felt like we were on a super special date. All because we had fasted from TV for a week.We are now into our second week without TV during the school days. I have been noticing so many benefits of cutting this out five days a week. Here are a few:
- When I have a bit of spare time, instead of mindlessly flipping on Netflix I am painting my nails, flipping through a magazine, and doing homework.
- My head feels clearer, and time doesn’t go quite as fast.
- Our home feels more peaceful and less loud.
- I am going to bed earlier, and getting up earlier.
- When we do watch TV on the weekends we are watching less because we are partially weaned off from it.
- Laundry is getting done more often.
- I find that I enjoy little things more. Like lighting a candle, taking a long shower, and making a cup of tea.
There is something wrong when we try to escape our lives (and responsibilities) on a regular basis by diving into the television set.
In the past if I felt bored, exhausted, overwhelmed or grumpy I would watch Netflix. Now, when I am bored I pick up a book. When I am exhausted I go to bed earlier. When I am overwhelmed I talk to my hubby. When I am grumpy, I sulk. Ha ha! Just kidding! Seriously, though, fasting from TV has made me realize that I have been drinking soda after soda when what I really needed was water.
What about you? Do you have restrictions in regards to watching TV? Are you a serial Netflix enthusiast too?