Your Media Consumption Can Affect Your Wellness As Much As Food. Here's What To Do

March 13, 2020

information consumption

We have a lot of awareness around what we consume when it comes to food. In fact, we may get so much information that it becomes overwhelming and confusing. Of course, the food we put into our body is not only important for our own well-being but also that of others and our planet. But one thing that I don’t think we focus on enough, is the impact of the information we consume on a daily basis. I want to invite you to continue reading this piece and then think about the kind of things you are taking in every day, and how that may be affecting your life and mood.

What you listen, sing and dance to

I have found mantras to be a very powerful way to change my reality and mindset. The idea of a mantra is repeating the same sentence or phrase to yourself over and over until you gain your desired mindset and behavioral change.

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I want you to take this idea of a mantra and apply it to the music we listen to. We often listen to the same couple (or if you’re like me, one) song on repeat, and on top of that, we get them stuck in our heads, saying it over and over and over—like a mantra. I want you to think about the lyrics in the songs you listen to. Do they promote happiness? Compassion? Love? Confidence? or do they have more negative lyrics? Effectively the words to the songs we are listening to become our mantras and thus change the way we feel, live and interact with others. It’s important to be aware of the stories we are repeatedly telling ourselves.

What you watch

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Netflix binge, and I think I watched the entire series of You in about 3 days max. But, while flopping onto the sofa and watching TV seems like the perfect way to unwind, everything we take into our minds influences us. If we are spending hours watching reality TV shows where people are gossiping, there’s drama, scandal and backstabbing. What do you think that is telling our subconscious about how we should behave and how we should expect others to behave? It’s probably not a life that aligns with joy, satisfaction, and stable relationships. While I’m not saying we should never ever watch reality TV shows, it’s about becoming mindful so you are fully aware of the programming you are taking in.

What you read

It is important to stay up to date with what is going on in the world and reading the news is a great way to do this. However, it’s pretty obvious that a lot of the news reported is fear-inducing as well as pretty negative. On top of this, the news we receive isn’t unbiased and this means that we can’t be sure that what we are actually reading is the real truth. I’m not saying don’t read the news, but be aware of how much negativity you’re taking in, and be mindful of who is writing it and what ulterior agenda they may have.

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Secondly, what type of magazines are you reading? Do they promote empowerment, self-love and joy, or are they trying to make you think you need to change yourself in order to be worthy? (Note: you are already worthy). 

Be mindful and aware

Again, I’m not here to preach from my high horse and tell you never to watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians ever again. I’m just trying to shed light onto the fact that the information we take in daily, has an impact on our wellbeing. We get to choose to make sure that’s a positive impact.

Every single thing we see, read or hear influences us and our perception of the world. It’s amazing what happens when you make a conscious decision to mainly consume positive and empowering messages.

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Originally from England, Louise gained her degree in Psychology and hopes to help those struggling with mental health. She now travels in her converted van and will soon be heading to Mexico. She’s a passionate environmentalist and loves nothing more than spreading information on how to live a more sustainable life. Along side this, she spends her time practicing yoga, creating exciting vegan meals and swimming in the ocean. She’s a freelance writer and owns her own blog www.routetothesoul.com where she talks about sustainability, wellness and travel. You can follow her journey on instagram @routetothesoul.

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