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How living without TV changed my life for the better!

Yes, I plead guilty… when I heard somebody talking about “Game of Thrones” for the first time, I raised an eyebrow when I learned they were discussing a serie and NOT a card game. I got no clue of what is “hot” on Netflix and I’m a totally nerd when it comes to knowing TV characters. I could easily sit next to a famous TV actor and don’t even recognize the person! Haha, maybe I’ve already done that 🙂

How did this happen? Because for the past 4 years I’m living without TV. Four years ago, me and my husband moved from Belgium to South Africa. The TV and state of the art surround sound system wasn’t coming with. “We’ll buy a new one as soon as we get settled” we said. We got settled but that TV never came.

Did we really watch too much TV?

I was breath taken to find out that an adult, on average, spends more than 5 hours a day watching TV. I was just one of them but never realized that it took up such a big part of our lives. Until we all of a sudden had so much spare time on our hands!

If somebody says they really don’t watch TV AT ALL I chuckle! I guess they must get their knowledge about the latest series somewhere else. But hey, if that makes them happy, then I’m happy for them as well. It’s just not for me anymore.

So, how DO you survive without TV, Netflix or some other form of moving images on a screen? Well, I’ll let you in on a big secret!

My screen is even bigger than the biggest one you can imagine. However, my screen is not plugged in, it’s the big thing that’s called nature and being outside. Yes, I know, I live in a warm country, in a stunning environment (yes, I’ve got a great Backyard) it’s easier for me to go outside… I’ve heard it all! But look, I’m also not outside for 5 hours a day, it doesn’t replace my TV-hours completely. I also read books, have conversations, play a game and most go to bed early.

My TV screen!
Going to bed early? WHAT!

Going to bed early means waking up early. By the time the average person has made their first cup of coffee, I’m out and about. I’ve gone through all my e-mails have written 300 words for my next blog post, have done my daily stretching and went outside for some good fresh air. I’ve never been so productive in the morning since TV has left my life. How? Because I go to bed at a reasonable time (usually between 21.00 – 22.00), I get a good night’s rest and I wake up refreshed. Because there is no TV, there is no more “zapping”, no more temptation to look at something that’s got no meaning at all, but you are looking at it anyway. Only to realize hours later you’ve fallen asleep on the couch and it’s already way past 01.00!

No more TV has got so much more advantages than only the scientific proved ones.

Since I start my day early and I’ve got very productive mornings, I turn off my computer around 16.00 and then step outside. I go for a walk for about an hour, almost every day. I recharge, go over my day and contemplate what I can do better tomorrow.

For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is.

Anonymous

Oh yes, I tried Netflix and for a moment I liked it. But then also realized that I stayed up later and later, wasn’t reading anymore books, my productive mornings had vanished. But hey, at least I knew what was going on in Suits!

It went on for a month or four and then I cancelled the subscription. And guess what, I felt relieved. I’m happy not to know when the next top serie is going to be released. A good quality of life has got another meaning for me.

Are you ready to go cold turkey?!

Have you got what it takes to turn your TV off and try other means of entertainment? Are you ready to step outside and discover your Backyard instead of discovering the Backyards of “Orange is the New Black” or “House of Cards” (I just googled “Most popular series on Netflix” to get this info)!

If you said yes, then there are two ways you can approach this hurdle. Just unplug your TV and put it aside, like now! Cool, now you can think about what you’ve just done!

Or, you can plan it…

  • Prepare yourself and your family members.
  • Start by reducing your screen time step by step.
  • Search for alternatives means to spend your evenings.
    • Play a game
    • Read a book
    • Sort those family pictures out ones and for all
    • Learn to bake a cake
    • Chat to your family members, your cat or dog, don’t worry, we all do that 😉
    • GET OUTSIDE!
  • As soon as you are ready, try to go without TV for a whole weekend, then for a whole week, next step a month…

Before you know it’s four years down the line and you’ll be writing a blog post about it!

Hi, I'm Peggy, A Backyard Hiker. I like to inspire you to go outside, to explore your Backyard. All our backyards look different but we can all hike!

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