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The weather is starting to get chilly. It’s that time of the year when we officially switch our summer shorts for winter socks. Time to get the snuggie out (or other favorite blankie). There’s nothing wrong about cold and dark nights, especially as they give you the perfect excuse to stage a night-in!
The chilly months of the year are ideal for a TV chill Friday night at home. But instead of embracing the exuberant indulgence of a becoming a zombie in your own living room, you can inject a little discipline into your coziness. Who here has stayed up all night long, binge-watching an entire season of your favorite TV show while going through all the packs of cookies you’ve got in the pantry? Me too! Believe it or not, but streaming shows can be disciplined and managed effectively!
Prepare your food tray
It’s fair to say you want something practical to eat while watching TV. Here’s a tip: Spaghetti bolognese is not the best choice! Instead, finger foods can be a great idea. To avoid overeating, you want to prepare your food tray ahead. A freshly-made club sandwich served with fries or even carrot sticks and hummus means no pan and no washing up dish. As a rule of thumb, homemade food you can eat with your fingers is the best option for TV nights. Preparing your food from scratch means you’re in control of how much you eat.
Even when you’ve promised yourself to watch not more than a couple of episodes, you can find yourself browsing the Amazon Prime interface for new suggestions and programs. Discipline is not a skill you develop on the sofa. It is a strategy that keeps you from pressing “NEXT”. Why do we waste so much time on watching TV? Because we pick shows that require little involvement, so we can carry on watching all night without going on an emotional journey. Make smart choices from the start. If you’re spending your night at home, you need to decide what you’re going to watch.
Why stick to programs you already know when you can discover something new and different? There are tons of international movies and shows available on TV. Watching an international show has many advantages. Firstly, you can opt for subtitles rather than watching the dubbed version. Dubbed voices deliver quite the same quality of emotion as real actors. Besides, it forces you to pay attention to what you’re watching. Did you know that too many people who watch television are also using their smartphones simultaneously? Forcing yourself to discover something new means you’re more likely to be present and focused, rather than half lost in a social media chat.
Stage the room
Just because you’re staying at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t make it fancy! You may not need to renovate the room, but you can create a cozy and mindful decor. Pile a few warm throws by the sofa in case it gets chilly. It can be a good idea to add a distant point of focus, such as a garland on the mantelpiece or position your houseplant elegantly. The purpose of a focal point is to help you rest your eyes regularly. Every hour, pause the movie and look at your decorative element for 20 seconds. This will help avoid eye strains. Plus, it’s just more peaceful and relaxing to have a staged room.
It’s not just TV and Chill anymore. Planning your TV chill night can make it fun and entertaining without sacrificing your health. Allow yourself to stage a disciplined and enjoyable movie watching night-in with the family and have fun!
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