As a rule, we tell our children not to sit too close to the television set or they’ll get square eyes. It’s one of those sayings passed down through the generations that gets picked up by the next and so on. Personally, we don’t know anyone who has square eyes, but we do know that television has long had a bad reputation as the entertainment of choice. Of course, there’s a lot to be said about going out and getting fresh air, and that is always the entertainment suggestion of choice. However, when you’ve long exhausted the craft box in the kitchen and there’s nothing left to bake, television is seemingly what is left for us all.
And we have a little secret for you: television is GOOD for you. It may be filled to the brim with programs that spread an unhealthy message and stereotypes that can give us a complex, but television has three very surprisingly good qualities. This isn’t just about the range of programs you can find on television now, as we have graduated spectacularly from the five channels we’ve always had! With most television options moving online or to apps, you can contact Netflix support now from anywhere to discover what’s on and when. Not only that, but you can watch TV anywhere now.
Television can actually reduce stress, especially in women. Research has shown that the release of cortisol that comes from watching the television is a lot lower, indicating lower stress levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone and is linked with high blood pressure, depression and a weakened immune system. So the next time your partner complains about the soaps, you now have researched proof that they’re good for you! Television is a passive activity, so we don’t interact with watching programs in the same way we do playing video games. The more time we spend sat still, the less stressed we can find ourselves. Of course, unless you’re watching horror movies.
Education comes in many forms, and the television is one of them. The range of programming from nature to health and wellbeing that are shown on our screens gives you an insight to areas of the world you wouldn’t usually have been exposed to. This goes from Grey’s Anatomy (medical drama) to the very basic children’s cartoons, which have the ability to teach morals without the children even paying attention.
Inspiration comes in many forms and television has a wonderful ability to inspire. Get creative by watching programs on interior design and emigrating. Take inspiration from holiday programs and advice programs. Watch the creative shows where they makeover a home and take some advice to apply into your own home. You can learn so much just by watching shows about languages, Feng Shui and doing what you can in your home.
Sure, go out, enjoy nature and do things that get your blood pumping. But rest assured that downtime in front of the television will not make you crazy!