Saturday, June 3, 2017

Living with Chronic Disease: Cut the Cable Cord/Reduce “Watch Time”

Unwittingly if you watch TV you are continually exposing yourself to sub limitable messages, from unrealistic portrayals of romance and relationships to the encouragement of spending money you don’t have on products you don’t need. The endless stream of messages you are barraged by-15 minutes and 38 seconds of commercials alone for every hour of TV watched-subtly sends messages that being different in any way is a problem. The news is presented in a “if it bleeds it leads” manner. A continual barrage of stories about pain/suffering/disaster/death skews your mindset and not for the good.

Since TV shows exist to sell product, millions of dollars are spent to influence you to not only feel bad about yourself (my house isn’t clean enough, I smell bad, my car is too old) but to encourage behaviors that aren’t helpful in the long run-buy products, or become part of some lawyers scheme against drug companies. The major advantage of “cutting the cord” is you eliminate a significant portion of the commercials, while at the same time saving a bundle on monthly fees. Check out Your Guide to Cable TV Cord-Cutting to learn how to get rid of cable bills. It’s much easier than you think.

Continually watching TV, whether it’s streaming on your laptop or your TV, promotes a sedentary life, numbs your brain and ultimately reduces quality of life. Human beings are designed to be social. Instead, of watching TV participate in life by developing a hobby; join a book club, support group or other group activity; talk to a friend; go for a walk; exercise; go out to dinner; garden or try Take a Break Pinterest.

Bottom Line: Cutting the cable cord and reducing your watch time saves money and improves your health and well-being.

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