For January its time to turn off, tune out and drop in….yes ladies and gentlemen – this self-confessed TV addict is turning of the box for a month…no television, no DVD’s, no escaping into the drama of highly paid call girls and teenage vampires….woe. I plan to use this time for much more pleasurable activities like sleeping, reading, yoga and getting out and just experiencing the world.
– The average person spends 3 hours and 46 minutes tuned into the box a day
– That’s 26 hours and 36 minutes a week
– That’s 106 hours and 40 minutes a month – a total of 4 days and 4 hours
That is an incredible amount of time watching images and listening to words most of which you would not remember the next week. Don’t get me wrong I love TV, I love the glamour, I love the stories and narratives, I love the drama and I love to simply veg out and give my mind over to the box and all its simple pleasures.
But sometimes I feel like I use the television to escape my life, to escape from the stress and exhaustion I feel at the end of some days, to avoid having to communicate with my friends, family and my husband. And I have wonder if shutting down my feelings instead of being with them is storing them up rather than clearing them out.
So far this is my plan – exercise more, eat dinner at the table (yikes actually paying attention to what I am eating), do yoga and meditation at night, talk more, read and maybe even go to bed early….
What about you – what could you do with an extra 4 days and 4 hours in January – or have you got something else delicious planned for your happiness program….leave a comment and let us know.