The end of summer and beginning of autumn bring with it not only crisper air and falling leaves, but also the kick off of the fall TV line up. Every September our favorite shows return, and new series are launched with the hope of getting us addicted. But this season, we’re trying to cut back, with the help of a few alternative activities.
I’m a big advocate for books, and I could easily say that curling up with a good book and cup of chamomile tea is a great way to leave that magic picture box off. However, sometimes a great alternative to slumping into our couches and watching our upcoming favorite shows can be something that gives us a little more mobility.
1. Organize/Feng Shui your place
Admit it, at least once in your life you’ve heard the term Feng Shui. For those of you who don’t know what it means, it is the Chinese practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the energy and flow through arranging objects such as furniture. Depending on how deep you want to go, you could get a book at the library or simply look up an article on the Internet. Either way, reorganizing your space and creating a better flow for yourself is a great, productive alternative to vegging in front of the TV.
2. Take your Pinterest for a ride
If you’re even slightly addicted to Pinterest, you know your boards hold a lot more projects that haven’t been done than ones that have. We see a tasty recipe that needs a ton of time and ingredients, or a craft project that involves super glue and copious amounts of wine–for the corks, of course–and think, gee whiz, I wish I had time for that. Turns out, you do! Whether it’s food, crafts, or DIY projects, checking things off your Pinterest boards is a great way to broaden your creative horizons instead of dulling your senses with television.
If you’re anything like me, going to the gym is quite intimidating. Somehow everyone else there seems to have an amazing muscular build while I’m trying to make sure my shirt doesn’t roll up and show my muffin top. However, thanks to YouTube it’s extremely easy to get a good workout for absolutely free while completely alone. Many people post workouts on the popular video site that vary in levels of experience. On the other hand, if you are outgoing and enjoy people, going to an actual gym is a great way not only to get in shape, but interact with others who are passionate about transforming their bodies. Whatever way you prefer to work out, it’s still healthier than falling into a sitcom coma.
4. Join a Meetup
For those that do not know, Meetup.com is a safe, free site to find people who hold common interests with you. Although I’m sure some steamy relationships have started due to a Meetup, that’s not exactly what the site is for. Instead, it focuses on bringing groups of people with common interests together in order to form friendships. Are you like most humans and have more than one interest? Not a problem! Meetup has thousands of groups with unique niches, from yoga to coffee to group cuddling; there is something for everyone.
Sometimes going out and joining society is just downright impossible. No matter how much you try to vamp yourself up for it, you’re just not ready to get out of those yoga pants and put down your bottle-I mean glass- of wine. Instead of turning on the TV, however, invite a friend over that shares your love of stasis. Have them bring over a couple bottles of Two Buck Chuck’s from Trader Joe’s ($2 bottles of wine) and whip up some brownie batter before divulging in an all out gossip fest. It’s more interactive than a sitcom, and with a good friend and cheap wine, who needs to pay for a therapist?
What are some ways you cut back on TV time?
Photo 2 courtesy of Andrea Navarro.
Cassidy Pittman was born in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, and has lived in various parts of the United States and China. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Literary Studies and Writing Skills in May of 2012. Cassidy has worked as a ghost writer and editor for international companies.