*This post is sponsored by Panasonic, but all self care love and tv enthusiasm is completely my own.
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt this year, it’s that taking self care days is vital to both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Last month I ended up hitting burn out once again, as I was basically trying to do too much at once. I was trying to run this blog, research starting my own business, finish all of my different university projects, and then somehow spend some time with Chris and my family/friends.
I was so busy trying to do all of that, that I didn’t take any time for myself and my mental health really started to suffer because of it!
So last week I finally decided enough was enough and started making myself take some time away from work and actually relax for once.
I’ve been curling up in my fluffy PJs, making myself a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and binge-watching some of my favourite tv shows.
I decided to treat myself to a Fire TV Stick in the Black Friday sales and I honestly don’t think I’ve watched standard TV since I got it!
The only problem is it’s left me really wanting a 4K TV now. Even though my bank balance is screaming at me not to, I’ve not been able to help myself from looking at them and one that I’ve been drooling over is the Oled 4k TV from Panasonic.
I’d have to rearrange half my room to make it fit since it’s 65” but all I keep thinking about is how good Assassins Creed Origins, Skyrim and Blue Planet II would look on it!
It doesn’t help that Chris really wants one too and he keeps going on about all the reasons we need one.
We’re trying to save up for our first house together so I’m forcing myself to be really strict with saving so that we can actually afford a deposit.
Kind of hard to do though when your boyfriend is constantly sending you screenshots of TV’s he’s found along with lines like “this isn’t too expensive”…
Anyway back to TV shows and self care before my finger accidentally slips and I end up blowing my savings on one!
I’m not going to lie, I can’t stand “reality” tv or soap operas.
Instead, I love true crime documentaries and law/crime shows instead.
Getting inside the criminal’s mind, learning about the psychology of it all is utterly fascinating to me!
At one point I did actually want to study criminal psychology, but life doesn’t always go the way you plan and I didn’t end up following that passion.
However, when this first came out, I became obsessed and would watch it every weekend with my grandad.
Maybe not the best decision he’d ever made as I was only 10/11 at the time!
It definitely wasn’t age-appropriate as it would seriously freak me out at times (S1E4 is pretty much the reason I lock every door and window when I’m in the house on my own), but considering I’d been watching CSI since I was 4/5, I think we were well past worrying about something like that.
My friend Joe got me to watch this by saying Sherlock is basically me in male form and I have to admit, he was right.
Although he was less pleased that I figured out the ending to the first episode within the first minute…
The only problem with Sherlock is there’s never enough; you only get 3 episodes and then have to wait three years for the next one.
Luckily I got into it after season three had aired, so I didn’t have that huge season two cliffhanger to wait through – I feel so sorry for you guys that did!
Blue Planet II
For me, there’s no better way to relax than listening to David Attenborough talking about how amazing nature is. Plus his voice is so soothing, I always put one of his documentaries on if I can’t sleep!
I swear I’ve learnt more from watching his programs than I did from all my years at school.
I’m a big animal lover, so I really enjoy seeing and learning about animals in their natural habitat.
The only problem I have is I end up feeling extremely conflicted when they show the hunting scenes. Obviously I don’t want the animal to starve (especially if they have cubs!) but I also don’t want the other animal to die either…
I’m starting to see why my grandad told me I wouldn’t make a good vet – I’d get too emotionally involved!
The Grand Tour
This is basically a show where three friends drive around doing stupid things and annoying the hell out of each other in the process.
I enjoyed Top Gear but in all honesty, it was only because they were the ones hosting it. I can’t stand the new series, and the ones I used to watch most often were the “specials” where they went off and basically had an adventure together, which is more what The Grand Tour is about.
You don’t even really need to be into cars to enjoy watching this in my opinion, the humour and camaraderie between them is what makes the show so funny.
Okay, so this one is a guilty pleasure for me.
I never thought it would be something I’d get in to, but when I first got Amazon Prime it popped up as a recommendation and, as I was looking for something new to binge, I thought why not.
I was hooked by the end of the first episode.
My great grandmother was in service when she was a young girl and even though I know Downton is going to be seriously romanticised, it was interesting to see how she might have lived and what her day to day life could have been like.
There are rumours about a Downton Abbey movie and I really hope they make one – I still felt like there were a few loose ends to tie up after the final episode!
There are so many more shows I could include in this list but I think this post is long enough already!
What shows do you like to binge-watch when you need a self care day?