Self-Care Challenge (Day 361): Binge Watching a Series

a close-up of popcorn

I am not a TV lover. In fact, I often say (and mean it) that if it wasn’t for my husband’s love of it, I wouldn’t have a TV at all. I would much rather read or work on an artsy fartsy project.

That said, I do enjoy a good series.

With my husband on vacation, we decided it was the perfect time to snuggle in for a self-care series: House of Cards.

52 shows later, we were exhausted. As suspenseful as it was, I remember at one point thinking to myself, “Do I really need to see the end that badly?” Nevertheless we couldn’t look away.

While I admit that the 40-ish hours it took us to watch it is a bit excessive, it was kind of nice to lay our other distractions aside and get immersed in a fictional TV show. I don’t read a lot of fiction, so this was rare for me. (I have a little problem with suspension of disbelief.)

I totally get the attraction to binge watching. You don’t have to wait as long for the conclusion, you don’t have to carve out time from the normal busy week to watch it. But still, I cannot imagine doing this very often. Honestly, it was draining. Toward the end it felt like work.

What have you binge watched, and did it feel like self-care or work?


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