As we approach another weekend while social distancing, we wanted to highlight some ideas of home entertainment platforms. Watching TV can combat “quarantine fatigue” – the cabin fever of quarantine. According to experts, “binge-watching” shows, or watching for hours on end can be harmful to your mental and physical health. This is mostly because it can be hard to stop watching or thinking about the show and face responsibilities. But when watching in a healthy way, watching TV shows can provide a positive distraction from whatever is going on in your life and alleviate stress and anxiety (if only temporarily). In particular, light-hearted comedic shows can improve your mood. And documentaries can be a compelling way to learn something new. Here are some of the top streaming services available in Canada.
If you don’t already have a Netflix account, sign up to get a free one month trial today! There are thousands of TV shows and movies to choose from, with new options added almost weekly. Some of our favourite Netflix originals are Ozark, Tiger King and Always Be My Maybe.
Disney+ is a fairly new streaming service that allows the user to access all Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars content. You can get a one week free trial by signing up. One of the most popular TV series on Disney+ this year was Star Wars’ the Mandalorian.
Amazon Prime Video
When you sign up for Amazon Prime to get fast and free shipping on your Amazon orders, you automatically get access to Amazon Prime’s streaming service. Prime offers similar content to Netflix but a different variety of shows and movies. You can also try the 30-day free trial first by signing up.
YouTube has millions of user-created videos available for free. There are how-to videos, fashion, makeup and hair tips, clips from your favourite prime-time TV talk shows, interviews with celebrities, music, and more. For free content, YouTube is the place to go. We also talked about the fitness videos available on YouTube in our blog about Exercise at Home.
For more information on how watching TV can affect your mental health, check out https://www.bustle.com/p/what-are-the-psychological-effects-of-watching-tv-7-subtle-signs-its-impacting-your-mental-health-18217588