Reality TV is an increasingly popular escape for many busy people who enjoy sitting back and watching the latest home improvement or cooking show. Of course, most reality TV is not actually reality but is rather a carefully crafted fantasy that gives us a slightly skewed look at real life. Australians have one of the longest workweeks in the Western world, and relaxing in front of the TV can be one way they enjoy their downtime, but is it really healthy?
Numerous studies have shown a correlation between excessive television watching and serious health consequences, including obesity and an increased risk of ADHD in children. Even though your workweek may leave you feeling tired and wanting to veg out in front of the TV, an education in fun, adventure, and emotional and mental health is right on our doorsteps.
Taking a break from the everyday and focusing on nature can inspire creativity, reduce stress, and even improve your physical health. Whether you choose to surf at Bondi or go sand-boarding at Anna Bay, you will find that physical activity nourishes both body and soul. Exploration at such diverse locations as Tasmania brings feelings of childlike wonder and thrills. If you prefer more relaxation on your days off, Whitsunday islands offer a little bit of lazy paradise, no TV necessary.
Getting away from all the busyness of your daily life can help you reconnect with your roots and your most primal self. A train, plane, or car ride for a refreshing jaunt to your favourite Australian getaway can provide you with all the adventure you desire. Cultural attractions are many here, too, whether you prefer to explore primitive Aboriginal art or the more modern offerings at some of Australia’s many galleries and theatres.
Who needs reality TV when they have real reality on their doorstep?