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6 Signs Your Favourite TV Show Is Affecting Your Mental Health

The television is most people’s go-to when it comes to a means our outlet of relaxation or whiling away time. But is watching your favorite TV shows hurting your mental health?

According to experts, there are a number of physical and mental signs that might mean that you should take a break from a specific show for a while.

Although watching certain types of TV shows can help to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression, watching TV could also be hurting your mental health.


Listed below are some signs that the shows you are watching could be hurting your mental health.

It Makes Your Symptoms Worse

The body can give clues as to whether the shows you are watching is worsening your mental health. A TV show may be hurting your mental health if you feel an increase in any symptoms with which you already struggle.

You Can’t Stop Thinking About The Show

A negative and obsessive addiction with a show could be bad for your mental health as you find yourself too preoccupied with a TV show. If the show is one that you find uplifting or even encouraging in your mental health journey, thinking a lot about it might be totally OK.

It’s Triggering For You

Any show that triggers a violent or emotional outburst in you can hurt your mental health. If you find a show triggers your own history of trauma, you may want to choose a different show”.

An African American woman watching TV

An African American woman watching TV | Photo – EURweb

The Show Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself

Shows that make you feel bad about yourself are not ideal to watch. If you find yourself constantly making comparisons regularly between yourself and the show’s character’s then consider finding a new show. Remember that comparison is the thief of joy.

The Show Keeps You From Your Self-Care Routine

Watching positive TV shows can be a part of your plan to improve your mental health. But if you find that watching a show is taking time away from other self-care rituals, it might begin to have a negative effect.

It’s Isolating You From Your Loved Ones

If an obsession with a TV show isolates you from your partner and loved ones, then it is time to check your mental health state. Meaningful interpersonal connections are important, and swapping those out for a TV show that you can’t seem to pull yourself away from can make you feel more alone, even if you don’t immediately realize it.

The medical information provided in this article is provided as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

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