A Change in Daytime Television

A Change in Daytime Television
I had my fill of television watching yesterday, so I thought I’d try reading instead. But I couldn’t. If you have fibromyalgia and suffer from depression, you’ll understand what I mean. Television is totally mindless — no effort is required. It’s all there for you to see. Reading, on the other hand, requires effort. For one thing, unless you’re reading nonfiction, it’s necessary to remember the information on the previous pages to make sense of the page you’re currently reading. This can be challenging on days when remembering anything at all is nearly impossible. Yesterday was one of those days. I spent more time backtracking to refresh my memory than I did actually reading. Who was that person? Is that man her husband or her son? Is this event happening today or 50 years ago, when the story first began? Reading provides an opportunity to use your imagination, which is usually a good thing. The author gives you a description; your mind supplies the faces and the places for you to see. While your mind is busy being creative, it’s not dwelling on how you feel. That's the reason it’s an excellent form of therapy. I can lose myself in someone else’s life and forget about my own. Several novels on the best-seller list lately have really kept me captivated and given me many pleasant hours. During those times, I’ve actually forgotten my troubles, my missed opportunities, my anxieties. I consider these times to be a gift, and I thank all the authors responsible. It’s when my mind isn’t functioning well that reading becomes a problem. There are times when the amount of effort required to concentrate or to imagine is greater than my limited energy. Instead of being helpful, reading is a source of frustration. Those are the times when I wat
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  1. Judi Sandidge says:

    As I read a little of your article I wasn’t sure about the TV shows you were suggesting. I totally relate to your problem with reading and remembering what’s going on. Actually, sometimes I have the same problem with TV. If I pause something and go back to it later I usually have to rewind to the beginning for a review, or I watch a movie or show and a short time later I can’t remember how it ended or sometimes what it is about. I have a large personal library but I hesitate to even start a book because of my foggy brain. I agree with you! I think it would be helpful and encouraging to have *Good Feeling (FIBRO) TV Shows.* I realize Fibromyalgia is probably the most misunderstood condition there is but I’m wondering if it should be limited to just Fibro. It’s just a thought. Maybe we should start a campaign! I would be glad to help!

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