What we put in our mind matters

What are you taking in every day? I’m not just talking about food (although that’s important as well). What do you watch or read on a daily basis? Who do you hang out with on a regular basis? All of these things affect our mood, our emotions, and our health. The things that we spend a large amount of our time doing, affects how we see ourselves and others. What we put in our mind matters.

Why? Because what you put in is what comes out. Good in = good out. Crap in = crap out. These aren’t the things that you occasionally do, but those things that you do on a consistent basis. Our environments affect us more than we realize, or maybe more than we’d like to admit. It’s not a matter of how strong or weak your mind is, it’s a matter of how human you are.

What you put into your mind can keep your fight or flight response in overdrive.

Our fight or flight response is an important feature that our bodies have. It’s basically the alarm system that tells our body when we are in danger. When this alarm system goes off, our bodies either prepare to stay and fight the danger, or to run away to safety. This shows up physically as adrenaline pumping, an increased heart rate, and faster breathing. Your muscles tense up and your senses become heightened.  

This happens whether we are in any real danger, or not. If our mind perceives danger and send these signals to our bodies, then we go through the same emotions as we would if the threat was real.

When we see images that cause a fear response within us, it can set off the alarm. It can also alter how we view the world and the people in it.

News stories, for instance, are filled with the most negative things that happen in our world. Death, destruction, violence, arguments, etc. If you are consistently filling your mind with these images, it affects your body and mind in a negative way. The same is true for certain movies and T.V. shows. If you ingest a steady diet of these things – you are going to end up have a constant feeling of fear, frustration, and anger about the world around you. You may not even realize that this is what’s happening. It may show up as nervousness, frustration in small things that normally wouldn’t bother you, headaches and muscle aches, among other things. What you feel depends on how you react to the things that you watch.

If it makes you mad, then you will start to see the things and people around you as more frustrating and anger inducing. You will be shorter with people; you’ll tend to jump to conclusions and get offended much more easily. If it scares you, then you’ll start to take all of those images and stories to heart and begin to see the world as a place of danger. When you go out, without realizing it, your fight or flight response kicks in because you are looking around for bad things to happen.

According to verywellmind.com, “After the threat is gone, it takes 20 to 60 minutes for the body to return to pre-arousal levels.” If you are constantly fearful of the things around you, constantly looking for the danger that you’ve seen on the T.V., then your body stays in that tensed up, ready to fight or run-away state. This takes a toll after a while.

Knowing all of this, why would we willingly choose to put ourselves through this?

We have a choice about what we put into our bodies and our mind.

How we choose to spend our time, who we choose to spend our time with, and what we choose to spend our time doing, matters.

Do you spend a lot of time scrolling on Facebook or Instagram? While you’re scrolling, are you doing so mindlessly, or are you spending the whole time judging those that you see, being jealous of what they may have that you don’t? Are you looking at things that make you feel bad about yourself or the world in general? What ads are continuously popping up that make you feel like you have to have more, more, more?

When you read, are you reading things that are uplifting, encouraging, and/or happy? Or are you spending all of your time reading things that are stressful, divisive, and contribute to the feelings of fear in the world? ie. politics, stories about violence, kidnapping, death, family drama, sickness, etc.

Who do you hang out with on a regular basis? What kind of people are they?

The people that you choose to surround yourself with also make a big difference in how you feel about yourself, about your opportunities, and about the world. If you find yourself spending a lot of time with people who always seem to be negative about things, this can eventually rub off on you. Even if you are a super positive person, you can get worn down trying to always be the one to lift everyone’s spirits.

We all know people like this, people who just can’t seem to see the positive in anything. They may act positive for a time, or around certain people, but overall, they are down on everything and everyone around them. It can be exhausting. Especially to those of us who are sensitive to the energy around us.

That’s the thing, a lot of people are a lot more affected by the energies swirling around them than they realize.

If it’s something that you’ve never learned to really pay attention to then you likely think that you are just having crazy emotions. Many times though, you are affected by, and even taking on the energy of, those things going on around you.

Have you ever been feeling really good, going along, having a happy day, when all of a sudden, BOOM, you start to feel overwhelmed with anger? It’s feels like it came out of nowhere. If you step back and observe things, you remember that you just talked to your co-worker, who was royally ticked off at your boss for making her stay later. You walked away from that conversation and that’s when you started feeling angry yourself. Some people would assume that this anger happened because they are sympathizing with their friend. What is really happening though, is that your co-worker’s emotions have affected your energy without you even realizing it.

The key here is that it seems to come out of nowhere. What you’re feeling makes no logical sense. You don’t have a reason to be angry, sad, etc., but you find that you are.

Without getting too technical, we all have a certain vibrational energy that we carry.

Some are higher than others, depending on a lot of factors. These energies can affect us in both positive and negative ways. As I mentioned above, there are people we know who are negative about everything, and it can be exhausting. On the flip side, there are those around us that always seem to be positive. They make us feel better just by being around them.  

This happens because those people are like a tuning fork. Each tuning fork is a specific note. When you strike that tuning fork, you can then “tune” something else to the same note, the same vibration. With people, they are vibrating at a certain level. If you aren’t aware of what’s happening, then your vibration will raise or lower to meet theirs. You will be “in tune” with them without realizing it.

Now, those factors that I talked about, that can affect whether this vibration is higher or lower, are those things that you choose to ingest: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  

What are a few of the things that we can easily do to raise our vibrations?

Meditate. Spend time in nature. Laugh. Do something nice for someone else. Practice self-care. Make a list of things that you’re grateful for. Spend time with positive, happy people. Watch something that makes you feel good about yourself and the world around you. Read something uplifting. Look up inspirational quotes. (Even if they are cheesy, at least they will make you smile.) Do something each day that makes you happy.

Raising our vibration not only affects us, it affects those around us. If we are in any way responsible for what others experience, then we should try our best to make that experience one that will raise their vibration and not lower it further.

This is one reason that I’ve never understood why most doctor’s offices have the news on the T.V. in their waiting rooms.

People that are there are already sick. Their bodies are already in disharmony. Adding that negative vibration into their world isn’t helping them to get better. It’s contributing to the negative, frustrated, fearful, angry feelings they are already having.

Why would they not put something on the T.V. that is uplifting, funny, and happy?

I think the main answer is because most people, even doctors, don’t realize that what they put into their mind affects their bodies. They don’t recognize the mind/body connection as being one that really matters to our overall health.

Be aware of what you’re putting into your body and your mind.

I’m not saying don’t ever watch the news, or an action movie, and don’t ever go on social media. What I’m saying is, pay attention to how you’re feeling and see if what you’re ingesting may be contributing to any negative feelings. Be honest with yourself. Don’t just brush it off and say, “no that’s silly, that can’t be it”, because it could be.

If you’re not sure, try doing a detox for a week. It’s the same concept as doing an elimination diet with food to find out what you may be allergic to.

Stop watching the news for a week and see how your mood improves. I’ve known multiple people that this has helped in a big way. Until they stopped watching it, they didn’t realize how often they actually were. If you want to stop cussing, stop watching things that have a lot of cussing. Go through your social media sites and delete or unfollow anything that you feel may be affecting you in a negative way.

It’s not always easy to admit that something we’re choosing to do is causing us problems. We want to point the finger elsewhere. Our egos want to blame anyone else. But pay attention to what that little voice inside is telling you. If you even think something you are putting in may be causing your vibration to drop, get rid of it.

Go into it with the intention of learning more about yourself and improving your health and well-being. If you think the whole time, “this is dumb, I’m just doing this to prove that it doesn’t work”, then guess what, it’s not going to work for you.

I’ve known people who watch the news all the time, day in and day out, several times a day. Then they can’t understand why they struggle with anxiety, depression, and fear of the world around them.

People have made fun of me in the past because, when I watch T.V., I tend to watch cartoons, kids shows, and lighter hearted shows. They have said that I need to watch “adult” shows (whatever that means). I’ve been called a baby, and told that I should be adult enough to handle cussing. A few people have told me that I’m making myself stupid by not watching the news regularly. They concluded that I was uninformed and therefore not smart.

But the main reason I watch what I do, is because there is a lot of crap out there. It’s not that I CAN’T handle things, it’s that I don’t WANT to. If I watch something and there is so much cussing in it, that it distracts me from the storyline, why would I want to watch it?

I try to be aware of what I’m putting into my mind. I know certain types of movies affect me and I’m not willing to put myself through that for the sake of entertainment. There are plenty of options out there. Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean that you have to watch it.

This sometimes means that I’m not up on the latest movie or T.V. show, but this is a sacrifice that I’m willing to make for my overall health. If someone doesn’t like me just because I don’t watch a certain show or movie, it’s not likely that we’re going to be friends anyway. This would mean that we really don’t have anything else in common.

None of this is to say that I’m somehow better than anyone else, because I’m not. Each person likes different things and they are on their own path. I’m not here to judge anyone’s tastes as good or bad.

I simply want to ask that you take a look at what you put into your body, mind, and soul, because it matters.