The Role Your TV should play during the Coronavirus Pandemic

For the first time in a long while the world is showing collective concern towards a problem. The circumstance doesn’t give much room for mutual exclusivity, though.

Normally if a black gets shot by a white person we say that is America’s problem. If a child dies of malaria we think that is Africa’s problem.

Though the circumstances are unfortunate, this should remind us that one way or another we are connected and should lend a helping hand whenever we can. Even if it is as small as sharing good information you happen to find on a social network.

So many schools and businesses are affected worldwide. The teachers and students have to stay at home. Businesses too are carrying the same burden as employees are asked to stay at home and work from there.

Besides, we don’t always have to wait for disasters before do what’s necessary for our well-being.

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The financial numbers are dropping, people are falling sick, and this seems like a very good time to stick to the piece of equipment that seemingly can do no wrong: The Television.

The TV’s value has gone up. Whether you are using it to stay current or for entertainment so you can get your head out of the world’s misery box, your television set is now one of your daily favourites.

What role should my TV play?

You need your Television to stay current and also to keep your mind away from the problems caused by the coronavirus.

As good as both options look, they can subtly cause great damage.

What’s wrong with watching the news?

The news is not the problem. You need it to know what is going on over the world and how they may affect you and your business.

The problem is allowing the news to help you create an angry and pessimistic attitude. When you feed your mind with so much negativity for several hours every day, you will get an attitude shift without knowing.

Watch the news but find time to relax and focus on other things. Staring at the headlines won’t change them.

Instead of spending so much time getting yourself anxious, focus on your long term goals and work on a plan that will help you get back on track once this is over. Because the truth is: COVID-19 will soon be a thing of the past.

Entertain Yourself but don’t let it become a habit

A habit is like a strong adhesive. It may be easy to get attached but very difficult to get yourself unstuck.

What else can you do when you are not working, not schooling and not watching the news?

The simplest answer may be to relax with a remote and a box of popcorn.

That is good. But it can become a habit when you do it too many times a day. Before the coronavirus pandemic, most American adults were already spending 5 hours every day watching television.

That time could easily double now that we all have a good excuse to stare at a screen.

TV may be helpful. But do not develop a pattern that will adversely affect your productivity after the pandemic is curbed. Remember you are bound to have a great deal of work to do once you get back so you can make up for the lost time.

Instead of subtly becoming a TV or a smartphone addict, develop plans that will help you get back on track as soon as possible without getting killed by stress.

Too much TV dulls the brain

According to research that involved 500,000 Britons, driving for more than 2 hours daily can reduce your IQ. If driving for two hours daily can cause that much damage, then switching off your head with TV entertainment for a countless number of hours can do more damage.

There are a lot of ways to get entertained. Playing games like chess, challenging video games and watching educative TV channels are proper substitutes for those ‘great movies.’

Even watching a good movie you have watched before is also a good option. when you are repeating a good movie, your brain is free of anxiety and you can relax and think while watching the movie.

Indoor exercises are highly recommended

One thing is certain, if your movement is restricted, the muscles in your body will get very little exercise.

You no longer trek or ride a bicycle. Some people haven’t seen their sweat in a week because they have been indoors.

You surely can’t do worse with your body. It is advisable to go for some indoor exercises. If you can’t find good indoor exercises on YouTube, skipping, push-ups, squats and repeated left-right jumps over a small object can help.

Living well during the coronavirus pandemic

  • Watch the news to stay current but don’t do it for too long to avoid developing a negative and pessimistic attitude.
  • Entertain yourself but don’t let it become a habit. Remember, too much TV dulls the brain.
  • Consciously choose how much time you spend on TV and try to substitute your TV for games and activities that aid cognitive functions. Games like chess, tasking video games, and educative TV channels are good alternatives.
  • Watch out for addictions especially in kids. They will more easily become addicted to TV and video games. Overfeeding should also be checked.
  • Spend wisely so you don’t run out of supplies or have to begin the post-COVID-19 era in debt. Michelle from making sense of cents has made a great article on how you can spend wisely during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Exercise indoors. Exercising will improve your health and help you get rid of stress and anxiety.
  • Use this as an opportunity to spend more time with your family.

Learn more about coronaviruses from the World Health Organization.

Learn from this
Some people would never have contracted coronavirus if they had maintained proper sanitary practices such as washing their hands whenever they get home after a long day. We must not wait for disaster to strike before we do what’s necessary for our well-being.

In conclusion, do not allow your TV, any other item or activity to get the better of you for the wrong reason. Remain in control of yourself. “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”

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