Alternatives to Watching TV Every Night
It’s easy to be too busy and exhausted to do anything but come home from work and plop down in front of the TV for the night. Sometimes that may be just what you need. And it can be a fun way to spend time with family. In my teen years, my siblings and I would gather with our significant others and spend Monday evenings watching 24 with popcorn and ice cream and some hilarious conversations during every commercial break. Those were fun nights of spending time as a family even though we were watching TV. However, the majority of the time I spend watching TV is nowhere near as social or as memorable. It can quickly become a default activity that steals our time and energy from us; robbing us of the freedom to create and to interact with the world around us.
So with a determination to be more intentional about my free time I came up with a long list of alternatives to watching TV! Here it is:
Listen to an audiobook
Take a hike
Go for a bike ride
Walk around the neighborhood
Take your dog to the dog park
Make a DIY craft
Start a collection
Read a book
Go to a concert
Take a bath
Go to a pool
Write in a journal
Call a friend from out of town
Cook a gourmet meal
Go to a coffee shop
Go to the gym
Take a yoga class
Learn how to play an instrument
Go to a local paint night
Write a blog
Go to the library
Clean out a junk drawer
Sell something you no longer use on Craigslist
Have a game night with friends
Write a letter to someone and mail it
Plant and maintain a garden
Take silly photos
Play a sport with friends or on a local rec. league
Teach someone how to do something you’re good at (knitting, fixing a bike, etc.)
Learn a foreign language
Plan a vacation
Research something you find interesting like dinosaurs or the space station!
There are times when TV or Netflix can be a fun way to spend time. Here’s a list of ways to make it more intentional and productive:
Watch your favorite show on the TV at the gym while using the treadmill or elliptical.
Invite your friends and family over for a TV show get together every week. Watching The Voice could be so much more fun if you always make it a party!
I hope this inspires you to put down the remote and rest your mind and body in a new way! Time is precious and we don’t want to regret the ways we’ve spent our life! Leave a comment with more ideas on what you like to do with your free time besides watching TV!