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Why Too Much TV Can Harm Your Physical AND Emotional Health

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    Television has become a form of entertainment, solace,companionship and escape for many American families. To get an idea of just how important TV is for Americans, consider that the average American home has more television sets than people (2.73 vs. 2.55, respectively), according to Nielsen Media Research.

    Half of American homes have three or more TVs, and at leas tone of those sets is on for an average of 8 hours and 14 minutes every day! On an individual level, the average American watches TV for four hours and 34minutes every day, according to Nielsen Media Research.

    This means that in one week, the typical American has spent over one entire day sitting in front of the tube. In a year, that amounts to well over two months!

    While what constitutes too much TV is all a matter of perspective, most of us could come up with an easy list of things we'd like to do if given an extra two months of free time -- and 'watch more TV' would likely not be anywhere on that list.

    But aside from the obvious time it takes up, is TV really so bad?

    Why is Watching TV Harmful?

    “We use TV as a substitute for living. The more time we spend in front of the TV, the less time we have to appreciate the richness and beauty of life,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates. “Plus, television has the tendency to feed our insecurities and our feelings of incompleteness. It is the heart of the consumer driven machine.”

    On a physical level, watching TV encourages the consumption of junk foods through the countless food commercials, and is time spent being sedentary. Since many of us don’t exercise much as it is, TV time ends up being time taken away from exercise or other vigorous activities. As such, numerous studies have linked watching TV to increased risks of obesity.

    Yet, perhaps even more damaging is what TV can do on an emotional level.

    Female models and actresses on TV are 23 percent thinner than the average U.S. woman and thinner than 95 percent of the female population. Women and girls who regularly watch these women on TV and compare themselves and their weight to them can easily lose self-esteem and confidence.

    There is also a major focus on wealth and power, and it is equated with being happy. After watching the lives of celebrities or others who are portrayed as materially rich, many feel their own lives do not compare. In time, watching the television and focusing on the sensationalized versions of life on the screen can make your life seem dull or lacking, when in reality you have much to be thankful for.

    How to Stop the TV From Controlling Your Happiness

    'The best thing to do with television is to watch it in moderation and remember to stay present and keep releasing as you're doing it,'Dwoskin says. 'You can use The Sedona Method to release both the addiction to television and any of the negative self-talk or self-images you've adopted from over-watching.'

    If you find that you're watching too much TV and turning on the TV has become more of a habit than you realized, make a point to arm yourself with fun activities, like going to the gym, playing board games with your family, walking the dog or reading a good book, so that you won't even be tempted to turn on the tube.

    And for the times that you do decide to watch TV, be sure to let go regularly using The Sedona Method so that the often unhealthy messages portrayed do not have an impact on your happiness and well-being. Since children are especially vulnerable to the messages on TV, be sure to talk to them about what they’re seeing, and teach them how to release as well. Then,practice letting go together as you watch TV commercials or any program at all.
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