I’ve been seeing this term more often lately–binge watching. We binge on television shows, watching half a season of our favorite TV shows in one sitting just because we have the technology. Because it’s available now. Maybe there are other reasons. Maybe we lose ourselves in a fictitious world to escape the escalating stressors of our lives. Stressor–that’s a word I learned binge-watching Criminal Minds. How bad does it have to be for me to binge-watch Criminal Minds to escape the stressors of my world? That show used to give me nightmares. Now it’s an escape? Wow. Maybe things will get better once the flowers start blooming and I can get out on the hiking trail again.
I’ve also learned recently that people are binge-reading. They wait until their favorite series is completed before they begin. That isn’t something I’ve begun to do yet. I can’t wait forever to read the whole series of a favorite author. Note to my favorite authors–don’t leave cliff-hangers at the end of your novels.
I know a lot of us have trouble with binge eating. To me, that’s just as much of an escape as watching TV or reading book after book after book by my favorite author. But it’s certainly as bad as, or worse than, binge-watching or reading, when it comes to health. Couch potatoes are not that healthy. I have my exercise machine in front of the TV. The trick is to actually get on it and move.
As we binge, we need to move. Exercise. Even get outdoors sometimes and walk, enjoy nature, take our minds away from the fictive world–and food–and focus on the beauty of God’s creation.
Mel is a doctor of osteopathy. Osteopaths have a saying–Mobility is life. Death is the lack of mobility. Others have another saying–Sitting is the new smoking.
When I’m doing a binge at my computer with Facebook or email, or when I’m watching too much TV, I have to remind myself to run up and down the stairs a few times. Maybe even step outside and get some fresh air. Or how about this: Binge hiking?
I don’t know why we’ve developed this craze for the binge. It doesn’t matter why. It matters what we do with it when we realize what we’re doing.