The world has become fixated on Netflix- Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt have all become regular fixtures in the year when people hide themselves away and disappear from the world to immediately absorb any new (or old show) that they want to see. Although I am as much of a fan of binging as the next person, I think that there are ways to enjoy the show and stay present in the world around you- you don’t have to disappear into your couch for 24 hours straight! This is my guide on the healthy way to binge your favourite shows…
A lot of people will find any excuse to hide at home on their couch and not emerge until absolutely necessary. Yes, there are people who suffer from anxiety and other mental health issues when leaving the house is a difficult and hard to tackle mountain much of the time, and this is not directed at them in any way. However, there are also a lot of us (I’m including myself in this) that just wallow in the laziness. I’m not saying that an occasional day of lazing about isn’t a good thing, but most of embrace this far too often! This is how I’ve been able to balance a healthy lifestyle with the rise and popularity of binging!
1. Healthy Snacks
Now, when I had my friends over to watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, I definitely stocked up on more chips, popcorn, and candy than I have ever seen in my life. When it’s a Gilmore evening, you have to embrace the junk food. However, I did also ensure that there was a healthier, baked pizza, and salad to balance out the torrent of junk food. If you do not move for an entire weekend AND you proceed to stuff yourself full of only processed chemicals and fats, you are probably going to come out more than a little worse for wear. While I full embrace the lazy day philosophy, you never want to come out worse than when you started; otherwise, you have negated the whole purpose of recharging yourself. Use it as an excuse to buy those berries that are super expensive, or that mango that you always put back on the shelf!
2. Set Alarms for Breaks
Make a pact with yourself (or whomever happens to be watching with you) to get up in between each episode, or at least every two. You might feel like you are comfortable sprawled out on the couch, but I can guarantee that after slouching for twelve hours on a couch, you will definitely be feeling the pain the next day. (Welcome to adulthood, where you will almost always find yourself more sore than when you started…) If you can’t figure out how long an episode is, just estimate and set yourself an alarm on your phone- that show will still be there in ten or fifteen minutes, and some potential movement and fresh air will do you some good. A great way to get yourself up is ordering food and walking to go and pick it up! (Eating whole meals instead of continual snacking also helps, as you have to get up every so often to make said meal.) If nothing else, take the hint from Netflix when it asks if you really still watching!
3. Change Your Clothing
Even though you are planning on vegging out all day, actually change your clothing and get of your pajamas! I wouldn’t recommend changing into something super formal, because comfort is still a huge factor here, but put on some clean clothes and at least make an attempt to be a functioning adult human here. I like to throw on one of my older pairs of Lululemons, a comfy hoodie (why would I want to be cold on my day off?), and some fluffy socks and embrace the feeling. Binge or no binge, I’m a big advocate for changing your clothing even if you are staying home for the day as it makes a big difference in your mentality. Bonus points if you can find a related piece of clothing to wear! (I need to find a suitable crown for the second season of The Crown!)
4. Check in With People
Although you are taking a day or two to yourself to enjoy your binge, don’t forget to check in with your friends and family! People don’t disappear because you’ve decided to watch an entire season of Brooklyn Nine Nine, and while you might just want to fade into the background, you never know when people might still need you. When you are taking your breaks from binging, maybe give a friend a call or shoot them a text and see what’s happening with them. Remembering that the world still exists outside of whatever you happen to be watching is important, as you don’t want to find out that something has happened to/for a friend when you should have been there for them! Even better, you could invite people over for your binge and make it more of an event to share with friends and enjoy with everyone.