How to Combat Stress – Deal With the TV

When I ask questions about what people think is important and they wish they were better at, a large group always answer, stress!

We don’t know what to do with our stress; it keeps overwhelming us and smothering us.
With all the stress we have we feel like we really need to relax when we get home, that is the main reason TV is so popular.

We stress all day, get home and watch 1-4 hours of TV.

The problem is that this time could be put to better use getting things done, reducing your stress.
You can look at your to-do list and get a few more points crossed off.

Take a look at my post on the “quadrant 2” mindset and you will see why watching TV is so dangerous.

Now some of you might think I am telling you that you should spend all your time working, which is not what I am saying.

TV isn’t the best way to relax

I want to put forth that there are much better ways to relax than TV;
Spending time with your family
Taking a walk
Taking a nap
Getting a massage (You can massage someone in your family and have them massage you if you don’t want to go to a massage parlor)
Cooking an awesome dinner
and many other things.

I want to put forth that if we cut our TV viewing time in half we would reduce our stress by a lot.

Think how much you could do without TV
What would you do if you took those hours for some over 30 hours/week and put them into recreational use. You would be in better shape giving you more energy, you would get more done making you less stressed and releasing even more energy, you could spend more time with your friends that would make you happier.

Try cutting your TV viewing in half or by 30% and you will see how much more energy you have.

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4 Responses to How to Combat Stress – Deal With the TV

  1. I try to limit my TV watching to just baseball games if possible. There are just so many other interesting things to do. I like to:
    Read
    Write
    Blog
    Work out
    Socialize
    You’re also doing yourself a favor by avoiding all the excessive advertising and bad new stories. TV is not the best use of your time.

  2. Ashvini says:

    Hi Daniel,

    Excellent topic. I am of the same opinion as yours. I do not think that watching TV is of any use when dealing with stress. In my opinion, a person full of stress, just switch his mind for a few hours off while watching TV, It is a very short term measure. Dealing with stress requires calming the mind and learning to deal with it.

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