Since binge-watching is the new normal, you can find many hooked to their screens lately, streaming content from services like Disney Plus, Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix. This phenomenon has especially skyrocketed this year, as millions continue working from home, amidst the coronavirus lockdown.
People are taking full advantage of staying at home to watch their favorite movies/TV shows. However, since binge-watching is basically a challenge of endurance, you need to be prepared as well. After all, if you are watching until your eyes pop out, might as well make the experience pleasant!
So, here are some hot tips on how to improve your binge-watching experience in 2020, whenever you get the time to stay up all day and watch movies/TV shows!
1. It’s Time for an Investment
To improve your binge-watching experiences, one of the first things you can do is upgrade what you are watching on. Ditch streaming on small screens like your laptop and smartphone that can cause eyestrain and try upgrading your TV to 4K. If you’ve got the finances, consider getting a 4K projector. However, if you are short on budget, you can skip this step altogether.
2. Get Comfy before Binge-Watching
Before hitting the “play” button on your smartphone or TV remote, it is recommended that you get a little comfortable. Put on some relaxing and breathable clothes. Grab some comfortable pillows, a few blankets, and prepare your couch or bed for long hours of lying down. Your binge-watching experience shouldn’t have to be tedious, it should be enjoyable.
3. Assemble the Munchies
For maximizing your experience when binge-watching, consider assembling your snacks beforehand. Biscuits, chips, or any other wild-card snack you feel like eating, get them ready for the showdown. To avoid any disruption when streaming though, I recommend going for snacks and foods that are quieter. If nothing works, you can always order in some pizza!
4. Learn about Region-Hopping
Thanks to geographical restrictions and content limitations, streaming services have created different versions for varied regions. Therefore, if you want to learn how to watch American Netflix in Canada or elsewhere, you will need a VPN service. Simply connect to a US server and unblock the complete libraries of Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus, and more.
5. Stretch after Every Few Hours
Lying down in one place for extended periods of time can be awfully harmful for your mental and physical health. Therefore, if you want to binge-watching, it’s wise to get some stretches in after every couple of hours. Now, you don’t have to do a full yoga class, but just remember to do some movement to keep the blood flowing and you healthy!
6. Avoid Drinking Too Much
With the suspense and thriller stimulation you get while binge-watching, it can be tempting to reach out for a drink after every few minutes. Now, it’s alright to drink water if you want to stay hydrated, but avoid drinking alcohol or getting high too frequently when binge-watching. The constant dopamine production can have lasting effects on your mental health.
7. Keep your Phone Far Away
The whole purpose of planning a day for binge-watching is so that you can escape into the TV series you are planning to stream. Don’t waste your time texting and scrolling on Facebook with your phone. To enjoy your experience to the max, put your phone away. This will allow you to get fully immersed in the storyline and not miss any important details.
8. Take Breaks for Heavy TV Shows
Some TV shows can be heavy to be absorbed emotionally and can have adverse effects on your mental health with consistent stimulation. Therefore, if you are watching a TV show that is featuring a heavy subject, take more breaks to avoid emotional exhaustion.
Wrapping Things Up
Sometimes the urge to binge-watching is just too strong, especially when Netflix drops an original series like “The Queen’s Gambit”. However, with a little control and planning, you can enhance your experience even more. So, if you want to sit down and enjoy your favorite shows, do follow the above tips!
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