Now that I have started to watch TV again, I have noticed a few things that I would like to share. First I would like to explain where I was about a month ago: I used to watch television ALL the time. Any time I was home alone there would a show on in the background, Adam and I used to eat and watch shows at the same time. Honestly I would turn on the television as soon as I walked in the door, it was a habit. I wasn't always on the couch watching TV but it was always on, it was always on the background.
Now that I am allowing myself to watch TV, I find I don't enjoy it as much. It takes me multiple sittings to get through a show. For example, this weekend I kept having Adam pause Dexter, because I needed a break. (It has some pretty intense moments, and I just didn't want to raise my anxiety. I did have some difficulty sleeping this weekend too. ) Even my guilty little pleasures (Pretty Little Liars, Revenge) don't have as much appeal for me anymore. I find it difficult to sit through an entire show, mostly because I want to do so many other things.
Tonight, I after a wonderful phone call; I went to turn on Netflix. Since Adam is at yoga training, I figured I could take some time to watch a guilty little pleasure. But as I was preparing my food, I decided I didn't even want to watch TV and would rather eat my meal and then settle down and read some comics. It is really amazing to me, what a difference a month has made.
I am curious to see what happens in the fall, when all the shows I follow start back up. I don't think watching television is necessarily a bad habit, I am really just interested in how TV affects me and my life. I originally took this challenge to help get a better night's sleep, so I am documenting my other observations.
Question to consider: Have you ever taken a break from a habit, and what was the result in the long term? I am thinking of giving up Facebook for a month, next. But I am curious if I really broke my habit of TV or this is just the honeymoon period.