Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, we can binge-watch almost anything we want, whenever we want. This type of viewing is enjoyed by the majority of the US, as a new study shows that 70% of American households subscribe to at least one video streaming service. 

The bad news, though, is that too much TV consumption can prove harmful to our physical, mental, and emotional health. This makes practicing healthy streaming habits vital to our wellbeing. These 4 tips can help:

One, have a plan in place. Before you even sign into your streaming service, decide how many episodes you’re going to watch. Setting limitations prevents us from going overboard and slipping into a mindless state of binge-watching.

Two, binge with friends. If you do decide to binge-watch a show, don’t do it alone. Watching with others will help you to avoid the antisocial behavior that often comes with binge-watching. In addition, you’ll enjoy the benefits of connecting with others, while also vegging out. 

Three, be productive. Try pairing your streaming session with a productive or beneficial activity. Turn on your TV and then fold a load of laundry, do an at-home workout, or meal prep while you watch. 

Four, fully engage. Instead of letting your mind go numb when you start yet another show, watch mindfully. In other words, pay attention to the details, get to know the characters, study the plotline. You can even take it one step farther: do a little research on the show or start reading the book it’s based on. Make it a compelling experience.

These 4 tips will help you practice healthy streaming habits.

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Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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