I was in a really dark place around the time I left my full-time retail job. Every day I used Netflix to its full advantage. I was home alone a good portion of the day, and it was the perfect escape. Or so I thought.
But I soon felt myself slipping into an even deeper depression than the one that I quit my job over. I became more lethargic than ever, and I felt my mental health deteriorate more and more with each passing episode. I was barely working on my blog, and I lost any ounce of motivation I had. I stayed in my pajamas all day, and I never even wore my contacts anymore.
About a month ago, I woke up one day and realized that Netflix was making my depression worse. But just like depression, I will not let Netflix defeat me no matter how hard it tries. This is my blog. I can be as over-dramatic as I wanna be.
But now I learned that I have to set a limit on how much I can watch in one day. Or, you know, at least in one sitting.
Stop and think for a moment. Here are 5 reasons why your depression may be feeding off Netflix.
Why Netflix is Bad for Depression
1. BECOME LONELY
I don’t know about you, but I prefer to binge-watch something by myself. With the lights off and the door closed. Maybe even locked
The worst part is that sometimes I don’t even want my dog next to me.
Depression feeds off loneliness, and this is when the negative voices come out to play. We’re worthless, right? We’ll never amount to anything, and no one can ever love someone like us.
The truth is humans are social creatures, and it’s vital to our mental health to have some human interaction once in a while. And don’t you for a second think that you’re worthless. People love and care about you every day.
2. THREATEN RELATIONSHIPS
Because we choose to be alone while partaking in our Netflix festivities, all of our relationships will be tested.
I’d rather watch Netflix alone than be bothered with, “Do you wanna watch another episode?”
I’d rather lay in bed instead of trying to socialize with my friends. Social anxiety is always cramping my style. I know I’m going to be wishing I was home in my bed anyways, so why go out at all?
You might not like it at first, but try watching some Netflix with someone you’re close to. Soon it’ll become normal and a bonding experience.
3. NO EXERCISE
All we’re doing is either laying down or sitting. There isn’t much room for movement. I only get up to feed my dogs and let them out in the morning.
And we all know this by now, but exercise means better health. And exercise isn’t just good for our physical health. It’s also vital for our mental health.
So next time you’re watching some Netflix, why don’t you stretch or do some squats during an episode. Whatever it takes, get your body moving.
Nobody likes feeling like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. Oil can, anybody?
4. HIGHLY ADDICTIVE
Netflix automatically goes to the next episode without us even having to lift a finger. The episodes will just keep on going, and before we know it, we’re already halfway through a 20 episode season.
Because I work from home, my problem became excessively problematic. And it became a morning, afternoon, and nightly routine. It was pretty much an everyday occurrence for me.
But I now force myself to stop watching after the second episode. I wait to watch that second movie on my list of things I want to watch.
5. AVOID PROBLEMS
Netflix takes us away from our responsibilities. We forget to eat, but somehow dirty dishes still pile around my bed. We don’t want to get up to pee, and now my breath turns into a monster’s lair because I have no excuse to brush my teeth. We just want to stay in our pajamas all day with our eyes are glued to the screen.
Avoiding problems isn’t going to make them go away. They will only build up and continue to make our lives miserable.
Try taking more breaks between you binge-watching. Make sure you don’t neglect yourself and your responsibilities.
Leave excessive Netflix use for your mental health days. I try to have a mental health day about once a week. Just try to not make every day a mental health day.
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Do you believe Netflix can be an addiction? Is it harmless or harmful?
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