What are you feeding your mind? Yes, you read that correctly! Many will be conscious of what food they put into their bodies but how many are feeding their mind appropriately?
Just as your body requires fuel in the form of food, vitamins and minerals your mind needs fuel as well. Unfortunately, many will disregard the importance of the mind and neglect it all together. Because of this neglect, you will experience emotional mood swings, fear, stress and depression.
You may be wondering how to feed your mind. Begin by filtering the information that you are exposed to. In case you haven’t noticed televised news is always filled with doom and gloom. It’s no wonder many people are in a state of shock, panic and overwhelming stress. The constant reminder of debt, death and disappointment is bound to make anyone unhappy.
Consider feeding your mind good thoughts, motivation and allow your mind to simply focus on the positive. You may be thinking to yourself that this is easier said than done. However, it is truly possible. Avoiding out side stimulus that would normally create stress and increased blood pressure will take time but it is possible. A great example of those who avoid negative outside stimulus are those who live in rural areas. The limited amount of external negativity that the news or city life brings allows them to focus on the present and those around them. Now, before you think you must move to a rural area its important to understand that you can limit the outside negative stimulus and replace it with positive stimulus.
Focus on today – as difficult as that may sound, it’s important to focus on the present; not on what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow…focus on today.
Wake up with a smile – believe it or not, your mood and attitude will change dramatically when you make the effort to simply smile. Your outlook will change and those around you will change as well.
Avoid negativity – limit your exposure to negative news or negative people. Make the effort to surround yourself with positive and happy people. Some may find these people annoying or label them as ‘polly-anna’s’ but those are also the same people who are miserable, ill and angry at the world. Avoid those people and if you can’t avoid all together, limit your time with them.
Listen to uplifting music – when you are feeling down, crack up the music. Choose lively music that will make you jump out of your seat and dance. Music has been found to help many who suffer from various illnesses and depression. Try it for yourself, it works!
Change the scenery – no one likes to look at the same picture or view day after day. In fact, this repetitiveness can actually cause stress and mood swings. Rearrange your office, your room, or your decor. Moving your desk or changing the curtains will truly help. Change your route to work or to the grocery store. Go outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Break the pattern and you may find this to help your mood.
Challenge your mind – this may be one of my all-time favorite things to do. Read. Yes, as simple as that – read. Go to your local library or book store and choose a book of interest. If you don’t have time to read an entire book, consider a magazine or newspaper. The point of this exercise is to stimulate your brain and keep it active. Don’t sit in front of your computer and read news on the internet. Take it a step further and physically get up and get a book, magazine or crossword puzzle to challenge your mind.
Remember to not only take care of your body..it’s extremely important to take care of your mind as well. Your mind is very powerful and when treated with care will help you lead a happy, stress-free life.