We all have habits, more bad ones than good, it seems. I suppose that is why habit defines itself as ‘a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.’
What if we committed to turn the negatives into a positive? A little self-investment into our happiness and emotional health.
We spoke with Emma, one of our Aunua advocates. We asked her to share her biggest and worst habit. Television! Yes, you heard us, right!
Emma: ‘I’ve spent more time the past two months of lockdown due to Covid19, trying to figure out what I have not seen on TV, as opposed to the dreaded question of ‘What will I watch tonight.’ This is OK as we’re naturally spending more time home during this pandemic, and Television is a form of entertainment, but when I look beyond the past two months, for me, it has always been the same.
When I think of my TV habit, I’ve noticed trends; When I’m not working, the TV must be on in the background. I record absolutely everything for fear of missing out, which in turn forces my mind into a binge-watching mentality, and before I know it, I have lost a weekend, catching up on junk that my brain didn’t need or miss. I keep one eye on my phone and one eye on the TV, absorbing neither and leaving my mind racing. I wake up tired because I’ve stayed up way past midnight watching TV. I’ve done the math on this past week, and I am regrettably spending on average 5.5hrs per day watching TV!
I am not doing myself any harm by filling my time with TV, or am I? I found, my social interactions are significantly reduced as I’m distracted or invested in something I’m watching and, therefore less likely to want to engage in a conversation with friends or family. It makes me lazier and less inclined to be physically active. It is contributing to a bad diet as the more time I am sedentary and comfortable, my desire to snack increases. I end up under pressure to meet deadlines for work or other projects I have as I would rather spend the time relaxing watching TV! Even before this pandemic lockdown, I found myself late to every occasion (also work some mornings) because I would be squeezing in one more episode of something.
Today is the start of a new month, and having been asked about it, I've been encouraged to ‘break the cycle’ of my bad habit. Me and my TV are taking a time out! I will swap that remote control with my kindle and finally enjoy the book I downloaded last year. I will fill that hour after work finishes, and dinner time starts to go for a walk and take in the beauty of outside. I will reduce my daily consumption to 2 hours in the evening and let my brain switch off, relax and replenish.
I know my TV is not an enemy, and it serves a vital role in modern society. I obtain the majority of current affairs through news channels and I learn a lot too, through documentaries and educational series. But, I have walked away from this self-reflection, knowing that this habit is more bad than good’.
We hope this piece has encouraged you to think about some of the bad habits you have and how you can turn these into positives and something more fulfilling. Maybe you feel you don't have anything worth changing right now and instead can find something new to challenge yourself with this month. Be sure to browse through our Aunua living magazine for some inspiration, you'll even find some yummy recipes!
Audrey & The Aunua Team
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