In 2008, when I (Tasha) was unemployed, we shut off the cable to save money. I had a very difficult time coping with the fact I had a TV in my living room but it would provide me zero joy for months! I kept testing the tv to see if perhaps the cable was still on. NOPE! I finally had to write a note to control my impulses.
1) Go to the gym
2) Hang out with Clint and Che
3) Watch TV online
4) Ask friends to watch TV at their house.