If we have learned anything from this year, it is that we need to be comfortable with our own company and have to understand the importance of self-love. We have also learned new facts about ourselves as well. One thing that has left us in awe and has been our number one survival instinct throughout the year, was our streaming habits and binge-watching movie series and our favorite TV programs. I mean I have watched all the marvel movies in a sequence that really made me realize how well scripted the movies have been and in sync as well.
Binge-watching can be easily referred to as an endurance sport and has now become so common that it might just end up as a category in Olympics, some years from now. While binge-watching is always soothing and satiating, it is important to prepare for a comfortable session to ensure the satisfaction one must feel through it.
We have come up with a list of ways that can make binge-watch as comfortable as possible. Read on.
Get a high-speed internet connection
The first and foremost factor that needs your attention for an ultra-comfortable binge-watching session is a high-speed internet connection. Poor internet interrupting your smooth binge-watching session can result in a rather irritable mood and inadequate feeling. Spectrum bundle deals are perfect for your entertainment regime and let you save money on bundling high-speed internet starting from 100 Mbps with cable, and phone. Dish network is another great option.
Free some time before getting into it
Before beginning a new movie or series, make sure you have the time for it. You cannot just start an afresh entertainment package without being completely sure of the time you need to invest in it. Imagine re-watching ‘Gossip Girl’ and not be having the time to watch the character growth of Charles ‘Chuck’ Bass.
So one of the first recommendations I have for you is to start a new season or movie series when you have the right amount of time to invest in it. If you find out that you cannot give enough time to binge-watch, you might just want to watch some romantic comedy, teen movies, or Christmas movies, or at least that is what I do.
Choose comfort wear
Once you have made up your mind to carry out a strong binge-watch session, you need to be as comfortable as you can be. My personal advice would be to wear something comfy and fun like sweatpants and a crop top or shorts and a simple tee. Now the reason I am recommending these clothes is that to be able to watch for some five or more hours continuously, you must feel easy and calm throughout and you don’t want to go change outfits again and again or feel restlessness.
Decide your snacks
Snacking or munching while binge-watching adds pleasure, of another dimension, to your watch. In order to make your routine a bit more exciting and gratifying, add some snacks to your binge-watching regime beforehand. Some of the most common and perfect binge-watching snacks are:
- Peanut Butter Snack Bars
- Cheesesteak Crescent Pockets
- Pretzels and nuggets
- Pizza bites and nachos
- Caramel popcorns
- Snickers Chex Mix
- Nutella from the jar
- Ice cream
- Sour Patch Kids
For health-conscious friends, the list is a bit different:
- Salt and vinegar zucchini chips
- Frozen blueberry yogurt bites
- Crispy Kale chips
- Baked sweet potato and cucumber chips
- Chili roasted chickpeas
- Apple chips
- Popcorn in coconut oil
You should also have some drinks by your side to keep you hydrated at all times.
Stretch up to keep up with your muscles
Now, I understand that when binge-watching, time stops, or at least we think it does and does not realize how much time has passed till it actually has but you don’t want your entertainment habits to have a negative impact on your health. Therefore, please take out the time to stretch your muscles every hour or so.
Furthermore, look out for your posture and maintain a straight one while sitting. Another important thing is to not just keep lying in the bed the entire time; try sitting in a firm position.
Take breaks when watching mind consuming content
If you have watched ‘Dark’ or ‘Mindhunter’, you would know what a mind consuming content looks like. Emotionally fraught concepts or intense scripts can have an adverse influence on your mental health and so you need to be careful with your own sake.
I remember that when I was binge-watching Dark, I had to take a break before watching the third season as it had become too heavy on my mind and I am glad that I did. I don’t know about you but my go-to series for mind relaxation is either ‘Friends’ or ‘The Office (U.S.).’ You can also watch a rom-com to make room for a heavy matter.
Open a Window perhaps
Let yourself breathe a little fresh air. Make sure to have a window open for a fresh air outlet in your room. The stench of the snacks in the room and even your own aura needs to be refreshed every now and then. For this matter, if you have a window in your room, keep it open for a while. If not, you can open the door of your room or better yet, go for a walk outside and take out the trash as well.
Have a watch party
For some legit fun, you can also invite your friends over to watch some series. I watch the entire ‘The Godfather’ movie series with my two best friends on Thanksgiving every year. And although we have been watching these movies since our childhood, it still sparks the room because we have memories associated with watching them together.
Now that we are in a social distancing phase of our life, this might not be the best option. So for that, you can create a watch party on your streaming service, like Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, to virtually watch a movie or season together with your friends.
We hope that these tips would help make your binge-watch as comfortable as possible.
Stay happy and keep on binge-watching!