“We’ve all found ourselves entranced by the gossip magazines at a nail salon, or found ourselves sucked into an old episode of Seinfeld that we’ve seen a few times before and happily lost time.”
We all have that show or game or magazine that we turn to when we want to numb out. It’s usually something that we would never maybe admit to anyone we want to impress, but something we find ourselves being drawn to again and again when our brains are fried from the day and we just want to disconnect. It is something that doesn’t require a lot from us in return but gives us that much needed relaxation and chance to take our mind off the other stuff. So what is your entertainment guilty pleasure?
Whether it’s voyeuristically scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, watching old episodes of Friends or some other show that is benign but entertaining or zoning out with a game of candy crush, we all have that junk food form of entertainment.
We’ve all found ourselves entranced by the gossip magazines at a nail salon, or found ourselves sucked into an old episode of Seinfeld that we’ve seen a few times before and happily lost time. Maybe it’s a drama filled reality show or a cooking competition that does it for you. Maybe it’s a romance novel or a fashion magazine that gives you a little respite from the everyday.
We may beat ourselves up about it after. We feel slightly sinful like we cheated on our diet or did something we weren’t supposed to. We feel guilty that we should be using our time more productively. But you know what? Who cares! As long as our recreation is an opportunity for us to really unwind from the day, it does not need to be some high-falutin form of erudite higher learning. It can just be as simple as making a board of pretty rooms you like on Pinterest and chilling the F out.
Give yourself a chance to enjoy your down time without judgement or feeling the “Shoulds” The “Shoulds” are the voices in our head (usually from others) that define what we are supposed to like or how we would be better off spending our time. At the end of your day, after you’ve kept all the wheels in motion in all the ways we do as moms and women, if you want to veg out in front of an old episode of The Golden Girls, own that shit and enjoy it!