Turn it Off

By Denise Daub

This past week I tried something new… I turned off the TV.

Instead of watching the news with my coffee, I sat on my deck.  I took time to journal, read and think.  At the end of the day if  I found my eyes  to be too tired to read, I listened to my ipod or meditated.


It wasn’t too difficult, I can never find anything to watch anyway. Whenever I turn on the TV I usually end up feeling frustrated because there is nothing on that interests me.  My husband can always find something to watch which just makes me more frustrated because not only is there nothing I want to watch, I don’t want to watch what he wants to watch either!

I finally realized how much time I was wasting in front of the boob tube watching mindless shows that don’t interest me and getting angry at the TV.  So, I turned it off and found all this extra time to do things that I have been wanting to do, but just never seem to have the time.

Now, not only am I being more constructive with my time,  I am not wasting time being angry at the TV.

Needless to say I am happier and my mental health has definitely improved.  🙂


3 thoughts on “Turn it Off

  1. Wonderful. My friends look at me strangely sometimes when I report that I don’t watch TV news. I’ve chosen not to clutter my mind with stuff over which I have no control.

  2. When Kyle left for Iraq the first time, I turned off my television. That was in 2005 and I’ve never looked back. I love a good movie and will rent videos but I don’t watch any TV, especially the news. The news is always filled with tragedies over which I have no control. Watching it has no benefit to me except to keep me informed. I find I typically get informed simply by interacting with people. If it’s important, people will be talking about it.

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