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Six Reasons Why Watching TV Excessively Is Bad For Your Health

Six Reasons Why Watching TV Excessively Is Bad For Your Health

Several people all over the world have become addictive to watching the television. It is critical to sit back and look at the health effects of TV on your life.

You will discover that you need to minimize the number of hours you spend with your remote switching from one channel to another.

Here are some reasons why watching TV can be extremely bad for your health.

1. Risk Being Obese and Diabetic

A close survey of individuals who spend a lot of time on TV showed that they eat a lot of junk food. You may find yourself taking in a lot of fat that is not good for your health.

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You will rarely come across a TV lover who has the time to prepare a balanced diet. You would rather use that time to sit in front of your screen. To make matters worse, you don’t have time for workouts.

It implies that you consume a lot of fatty foods and take no initiative to burn the excess. You will agree with me that TV lovers have a high exposure to obesity than other people.

A mix of junk foods with the lack of workouts increases your chances of becoming obese and diabetic. Some recent survey reveals that every four hours you spend on your TV increases your chances of getting diabetic by 3.4 percent.

Andrea Kriska, an epidemiologist in his research, focused on tracking TV watching to the time individuals spend sitting. He did not bother with what the people were watching, but the time people devote to watching TV.

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In his findings, the more time you spend on TV, the more you increase your chances of getting diabetic.

2. Leads to Premature Deaths

A study of young people revealed that watching lots of Television resulted in premature deaths. The research that was published in the American Heart Association Journal states that individuals who watch TV for more than three hours a day had a higher risk of dying during the following eight years follow-up.

People who watched the TV for less than one hour a day had higher chances of staying more years. It’s advisable to watch less TV if you want to live longer.

3. TV Denies you sleep

As a human being, your body requires enough sleep and rest. Over-concentration on TV denies your body the chance to unwind by cutting into your precious sleep time. You may end up being fatigued and stressed for the better part of the day.

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In fact, it’s advisable to move your TV from the bedroom. You also need to discipline yourself when it comes to sleep time. You can develop more heath complications from fatigue.

4. It Can Lead to Increased Aggression

Kids always internalize everything they see on video games and TV. There is a close link between aggression, use of violent media and desensitization to violence. Exposure to violence affects children in different ways.

Children tend to accept violence as a result of pre-exposure through media. TV may make children grow as aggressive adults who are not good for the society.

5. TV Can Lead to Depression

There is a lot of isolation and loneliness that comes with TV watching. Watching TV for a long time is harmful as it can lead to depression. Though there are sitcoms and different shows that can light up our mood, it’s different than what we generally think of.

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“Yes, maybe some would say that there is now too much drama in sitcoms and that isn’t what we watch them for,” reports TV Store Online.

Remember you will not have enough time to interact with people and share your issues out. It’s advisable to create time for friends if you want to eliminate some stresses in life.

6. Television Can Stunt the First Words of your Children

Television and modern technology such as Smartphones can be extremely terrible for your kids. Exposing your children to Television before they attain the age of 2 years affects their language development. According to David, L. Hill, parents should avoid entertaining their children using TV programs.

It is quite evident that watching TV for a long time is harmful to your health. It’s advisable to reduce the number of hours you spend on TV if you want to lead a long healthy life.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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