A Beginner's Guide to Binge-Watching

A Beginner's Guide to Binge-Watching

Warning: this is not for the faint of heart.

Binge-watching: it can be a pretty daunting task but when it comes down to it, I am a bit of a professional. I don't mean to brag, but I did watch all nine seasons of The Office in three weeks. And while some people—*cough* my family—may think that this is a problem, those of us who binge-watch know that it takes a special type of skill to accomplish such things. But it takes time to develop such a skill and we all must start somewhere. There are two ways that you can begin binge-watching: either dive directly into the deep end or ease into the kiddie pool slowly. But if you're not ready to dive head-first into this lifestyle and you feel you may need a guide, this is the post for you. Here are some steps to binge-watching.

Clear Your Schedule

This is going to take some time and it's best to start binge-watching with nothing else to do in your day. At the very least, the middle and later part of your day should be free for optimal viewing hours and comfort.

Stock Up!

It's best to get your snacks together before you watch the show so that you don't have to continuously pause for anything other than to pee. So grab your snacks, drinks, tissues, blanket, etc., and you're almost ready to begin!

Choose A Show

As long as the show has at least one season, you're good to binge-watch it. I typically just go with the first show on my Netflix or DramaFever list. The only time I choose differently is if there is a show that I have been putting off or I desperately need to catch up on—those types of shows always take priority.

Get Comfortable

Yes, you need to mentally prepare yourself for the hours of binge-watching you'll be doing. But you can also physically prepare yourself by getting settled in a spot that you can binge-watch in. Careful, this can be a difficult decision.

Do NOT Bring A Friend

Binge-watching with a friend can be fun but your first time should be by yourself. It's important for first-timers to discover their own speed. Feeling pressure from a friend to either stop watching or watch past your enjoyable limit can stop you from wanting to binge-watch anymore.

Press Play!

This is the easiest step. You've already made the choice and gotten comfortable. All that's left now is to begin binge-watching. But if you think that's the end of this guide, you're sorely mistaken.


There comes a time in every binge-watcher's life that they are struck by the "itis." You may start to doze off a little, or you may start to become restless or maybe you just can't seem to focus on the episode. Whatever the form of "itis" you develop, it's important that you push through! When the going gets rough because Netflix keeps asking if you are still watching and you're stuck in a sea of ads, you push through and remember that nothing can come between you and your TV fix.

Order In

Trust me—you're going to want to order in food. The time it takes to cook a meal is time that you could be spending watching your show.

Make The Tough Choices

It always comes down to these choices: do I go to sleep before the sun comes up or do I finish these last few episodes? The choice is up to you. If the show is just that good, it might be worth fighting sleep.

By following these steps, you will begin your journey into the wonderful world of binge-watching. Happy watching!

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

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“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

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“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

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Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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