In case you’re not a fan of reading, you might choose something that would engage you and distract from the “silver screen” zombie-box. This could be listening to some relaxing music, petting a dog/cat, unscrambling a jigsaw and etc.
In few days you’ll see that TV hasn’t much to offer.
- Doesn’t the Fabulous app make you spend more time on your phone?
- How can I get my children to use devices less often?
- I tend to do the washing and tidying up at the end of the day but it makes me go to bed late. How can I get to bed earlier?
- How do I spend less time on my phone before bed?
- If you’re on this app before you go to bed to tick off your night routine, how are you disconnecting and unplugging?
You don’t need to judge your answer because you know what is right for you.
Alternatives for TV are physical workout, quality time with friends and an books.
The book is almost like tv but the show will be displayed in your magi nation trust me it will be much more fun like you’re creating your own show
Just make sure it’s something you genuinely enjoy so that to stick with it.
1) Take the tv out of your bedroom. The bed should only be for rest and Intimacy.
2) Give yourself a bedtime routine. A light workout, bath, lotion, and read a light book, meditation for 10 minutes and then sleep. This was just one example.
3) Meditation before bed.
4) No food after dinner time.
5) You can always DVR your favorite late night shows and watch at an early time. I love watching The Daily Show in the morning for the laughs and a bit of news.
After a few nights of your own “non tv routine” and a full nights rest you might see a positive change in your mornings. A little more focus on the day ahead, and maybe a little less aggressive or irritable at work. Just remember one thing: everyone is different so every routine is different. Do what’s best for you and what you are comfortable with. I hope this helps or inspired some ideas for you.
You could also try some table games, like monopoly or manchkin, or even cards/soliter.
No time for TV
I had to remove my phone from my bed because the distraction was too great. Be sure to design your environment so that you don’t have to rely on willpower.
Good luck! You are doing a great thing – this is a big step. I have no doubt you will achieve your goals! Best of luck!
I like listening to audio books but radio plays or radio talk shows are nice to listen to of an evening also.
Watching too much tv of an evening not only gives your mind less to think about but blue light from things like the TV will agitate your mind and prevent you from sleeping well
Short stories, or crotchet/knitting or another hobby that helps you wind down and relax.
1. Read a great book
2. Plan and cook an excellent dinner or healthful meal prep for the week
3. Catch up with friends and/or family
4. Draw, paint, watercolor or color in an adult coloring book (therapeutic and fun!)
5. Do research on a topic you’ve always wanted to learn about
7. Listen to music and/or dance
8.Take a walk outside
9. Tackle that To Do List like a pro football player
10. Practice your religion
11. Plan your next “Me Time” activity
12. Surprise your significant other with a date night out
14. Help your neighbor or local charity or church
15. Take up a new hobby
Who needs TV with all that?
Use these to transfer over to actual physical books. Which are much more better for you on your way to sleep, being that you're giving yourself some quiet time prior to sleeping
I began by only committing to a few minutes each evening and then kept adding to it.
I wish you all the best.
I unplugged indeed, turned off the tv, then I went into the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea and biscuits, then I picked out a book that I am going to read for 30min.
I still have my phone in my hands because I would like to share but part of my unplugging is not going through my phone and reducing screen time.
I will pick up the laptop and do something productive
show every night, find an action book series that’s similar.
If you watched two hours of tv, read for an hour and spend the other hour writing in a journal or tidying up around your house or doing something else relaxing. I putter around in my garden, get some extra playtime in with my dogs, then read or write for an hour before I go to sleep at night. It helps relax me and tells my mind and body that it’s time to shut down for the night.
2. Read and drink tea instead.
Good luck on your journey.
We got rid of all the 📺 tv’s in the house except for a couple of large computer 🖥 monitor lbs and one large tv in the den.
I need to hide the tv 📺 remote control and keep it out of reach.
And then when others want to watch tv (the kids, spouse, friends/family…), I need to just move to another place in the house I suppose- I mean it seems harmless to just sit and watch a little tv with everyone else, but the next things you know., an hour has passed when you could have been doing something else (reading or talking with your kids or souse or loved ones, etc)
I’m also trying to pick up an musical instrument, for times when my brain just refuses to process more words.
Do you have a hobby or a dream or goal that has slipped through the cracks of time? Instead of watching TV in the evening, working on your dreams is a much more beneficial thing to do. Try doing it for one hour. Or the Japanese 1 minute method; we can convince ourselves to do something for one minute, but will usually work on it longer.
Is there an area you are lacking in loving and taking care of yourself? Practice self care instead of TV.
I believe in you! This is a wonderful step in the right direction. I’m proud of you for wanting more out of evening life than just television.
Remember that television is also referred to as “programming.” How do you actually want to program yourself to be?
Once you identify your personal reasons for watching TV, find another activity that is equal to that reason. For example, if you watch TV for excitement, try a learning a new sport or a hike instead. If you watch TV to relax, take a yoga or dance class instead. If you like to learn, you can always choose a hobby like chess or knitting or cooking or art. There are so many options! If you don’t know what to choose, start with the most intriguing and widely available (whatever is easiest to do for you) and start there.
You can also pick up a light hobby. Like i practise my drawing in the evenings. I suggest maybe an instrument if your passionate enough, a language something that takes you away from your evening routine
You can spend time bonding with friends and family if possible
Also remember to take sometime to reflect and look deep into yourself to review how things are going for you
my book. I alternated between reading and listening. Just before I go to bed I write about my day in a journal that I keep. Focusing on experiences, pleasures, achievements, praise, gratitude and kindnesses.
I no longer have a tv.
With reading book for an hour
Reading either fiction or non-fiction, doing a craft project, listening to music, and meditation are just a few things that might be options.
Self care like a long bath. A gentle evening stroll. Yoga. Tai Chi.
There are so many options!
You don’t even have to do the same thing all the time. Have a list and pick.
Make it something that leaves you happy and relaxed when heading to bed
So, I turn it off when it gets interesting. I tell myself it’s something to look forward to when I have time tomorrow. After I turn the TV off I like to get some water and walk my dog before bed. I know, it’s so interesting to watch TV, fake lives set up to do exactly this to you, cause addiction and get ratings, at the benefit of the producers and at the stake of your sleep and productivity.
Once the TV is off, dog is walked, I turn off all electronics (except my alarm) and lay in bed with a fiction book. 1-2 chapters only, then I put it down and shut my eyes and await Mr Sandman.
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