Yes, we have been stuck in our homes for seven months now. That’s more than half of the year already. And while many have been fairly good at coping with what seems to be our new normal (we’re still hoping this is but temporary), some of us still find staying cooped up a bit stressful (to say the least).
In the name of providing you with more ways to stay sane and happy without having to leave the safety and comfort of your homes, we’ve rounded up 10 self-care activities that you can actually do using your television.
If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve tried following yoga classes on YouTube using your phone. Stressful, right? Aside from the fact that you have such a small screen, which you have found a way to keep standing on its side, how many times have you received message notifications while doing your chaturanga or shavasana? I don’t know about you, but this one sends my brain on overdrive and almost always gets me stopping to check if the message is important. Well, you won’t have to worry about that if you’re using your TV for yoga practice. Plus, the audio is so much clearer and the screen is much bigger—allowing you to take better notice of the nuances of the various poses.
Listen to the radio
One of the best things about growing up in the late 90s and early 20s is radio. And by that, we mean tuning in to one station and just letting the DJ take care of the music. It allows you to listen to a couple of favorites and discover new jams to bop to. This experience has been largely reduced thanks to the various apps that provide users total control over the media they want to consume. But let’s admit it. There’s really something magical about losing control sometimes (at least in the context of music). In fact, it’s almost therapeutic. Try it for yourself. Cleaning your room or perhaps tending to your plants? Instead of putting on your carefully curated Spotify playlist, try browsing for a station you can listen to using your internet and TV.
Watch your childhood favorites
Nothing like rewatching old favorites to take you back to a time when things were simpler and happier. And for the full effect, ditch your phone and use your TV. Take our word for it—this one is guaranteed to spark joy.
Learn about nature
One of the things that some of us find most stressful about this whole quarantine is how far it keeps us away from nature. We get you. Nature heals. And if it was up to us, we’d rather really be spending quarantine in the mountains or near the beach. But since that is not an option, why not take the time you’re spending at home to learn more about nature. There are loads of shows available online, even on YouTube that help you discover the many wonders of our world. This is especially nice if your TV’s really big and on Ultra HD (much like the Hisense A6505 55-inch 4K ULED Smart TV) as it allows you to see the tiniest details and makes you feel as if you were actually right there.
Family Netflix time
What’s better than spending time in your room watching Netflix on your phone all by yourself? Watching it on a big screen with your family! Spending time with family helps you better understand each other and creates a sense of belongingness, which reduces the risk of depression.
Master your favorite recipes
Yes, you can also do this with your phone, tablet, or laptop. But let’s face it—bigger, hands-free watching is better. My mom had their Hisense television moved from their room to the kitchen for this exact reason. She even installed the RemoteNow app on her phone so she can use it as her remote control.
Watch Kdrama on HD
If this is not self-care, we don’t know what is. Seriously though, Kdramas are so relaxing. There’s something about the pleasant scenery, colors, empty spaces, and beautiful cast that just gives you all the nice feels. Now, why watch on standard definition when you can go HD?
Play ambient music
Put a finger down if listening to ambient music helps you focus better. Put another finger down if ambient music with mood light helps you sleep faster. Now put another finger down if you did not know that you can get both ambient music and mood lighting with just your TV. Yes, there are YouTube videos out there that offer this. So, all you need to do is turn up the AC and get comfortable. On that note, did you know that Hisense’s remote control has both a Netflix and a Youtube button? No need to download the apps for these or to open a browser and start searching the sites. Just press the button on the remote and that’s it.
Crazy thing. When you buy a Hisense A6505 55-inch 4K ULED Smart TV, you get not only a free wall bracket but also a free soundbar. As Filipinos, we all know what this means, right? Time to set up the karaoke room for some good ‘ol singing therapy! Just make sure you’re not disturbing anyone neighbors though as the soundbar can get pretty loud.
Play virtual quiz night with friends—
One of the best ways to spend time with friends virtually is through quiz nights. Now, did you know that you can up your quiz night experiences by making it more engaging? You can easily do this is you’re using Hisense TV, which has Anyview Cast. What is Anyview Cast, you ask? Well, it’s a feature that allows you to flash any content from your smartphone, tablet, camera, laptop, etc. to your TV screen! I mean…imagine having the scores flashed behind you. Game show host feels, anyone?