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(The 21 Day Experiment, Part 2)
Watch What You Eat
We are TV consumers. We watch sitcoms, crime dramas, talent shows, celebrity interviews, news headlines, and preposterous “reality” scenarios. We like to laugh, poke fun at, be informed, be shocked, and most definitely, we like to escape.
When does it stop being relaxing and entertaining and start becoming addictive and mind-numbing? It’s a valid question to ask, especially since most of us complain about not having enough time for other pursuits.
Turn the Channel
Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned medical researcher and pioneer in integrative medicine, suggests taking periodic “news fasts” or “media breaks” to reduce stress and invite renewal. In his book 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, he states, “I think it is useful to broaden the concept of nutrition to include what we put into our consciousness as well. Many people do not exercise much control over that and as a result take in a lot of mental junk food.” (1)
Years ago, I stopped listening to morning talk radio on my drive to work. The disc jockey’s antics irritated more than they entertained, so it was easy to give up. I replaced it with my favorite music and found my mood much improved, upon arrival at work each day.
What about some of that mindless TV I love? I still watch my share, however, I try to be conscious of whether I’m truly enjoying it or whether it’s just filler. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with having a 9:00 PM cut off time. While sometimes I resist it, I never regret it when I honor the cut off. I find that I am reading more, relaxing more deeply, and, here’s a novel idea, actually going to bed when I’m tired.
Must See TV
If you could use some extra time – whether it’s to relate to a loved one, to exercise, be productive, or simply relax – consider taking a break from your normal TV pattern.
TV takes up space and energy.
TV takes your time. If you reclaim
just one hour a day, you will deposit
two weeks into the annual bank account
of your time. Reducing your intake
by two hours a day will give your calendar
an entire bonus month. There is
a new must see
show coming and it’s called Your
Life. Make sure you don’t
(1) Andrew Weil, M.D., 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, (New York, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1997), page 78. For more information visit: http://www.drweil.com
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