Is there any better feeling than finishing a new episode of a show you love, and knowing that there’s still more new ones to go? Netflix has made instant gratification with TV possible. Loving the characters on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Dying to know what’s going to happen next on Narcos? It’s all possible when an entire new season of a show is dumped online instantly.
Of course, the amazing high of binge watching is also countered with a depressing low: when you finish a season and have to wait a whole year for another ten episodes. Binge watching is like being kid and eating your entire sack of candy on Halloween night. It feels so good in the moment, but the aftermath is a little sickening and anxiety-inducing.
So how do you stop yourself from locking yourself in your room for five hours so you can watch all ten episodes of Master of None right away? Some tips to help you avoid the temptation:
1. Alternate between genres.
Watching a drama that has you on the edge of your seat? Maybe it’s time to calm things down a little with a nice comedy or some reality tv to get your mind off things.
2. Resist the urge to order another pizza and take a break to cook up a nice homemade dinner.
Get creative with the fact that all you have is ramen, half a jar of salsa and a loaf of bread! It’s a cooking challenge like Chopped!
3. Go for a walk outside.
Outside is still a real place! It’s nice out there! Fresh air!
4. Take a break to socialize.
Call a friend. Call your mom! CALL ANYONE.
5. Or, take a social break.
Remember how much you used to like Facebook? Go check out what people you vaguely know from high school are doing! Wait, are you checking on your high school ex? Are you now stalking his new, really cute girlfriend? ABORT.
6. Go to the gym.
You’ve been saying you’ll go every day since March 2013, might as well start now.
Read a book! Do some sudoku! Write a story!
8. Put on some real pants, brush your hair and take a hard look at yourself in the mirror.
Okay, so maybe sometimes it’s difficult to find something you’d rather do than literally Netflix and chill. And sometimes the binge watch is so satisfying and so perfect in the moment that it just can’t be denied. We’ve all given in, and often, we’ve enjoyed it. Just remember that sometimes waiting really does make something all the better.
And you know, you probably would have more fun going to happy hour with your friends tonight than finishing this season. Just don’t quote me on that.