Is Facebook making you sick?

Psychological nutrition – take a moment to consider what you are feeding your mind.

I spend a lot of time thinking about and working on my health. My mental wellbeing depends on it and if I genuinely want to be safe and effective in my job, I need to be fit, strong and healthy. But there’s more to it than going to the gym, moving regularly and eating well.

I got to a point a couple of months ago where I found myself getting angry, frustrated or sad every time I got on social media. My feeds were full of negativity, advertising and hate towards others. The news was and still is full of negativity and regularly highlights all the bad there is in the community. I realised that this was making me increasingly negative, short tempered and down and it got me thinking about what I was feeding my mind.

While exercise and good food are essential for our wellbeing, it’s important to remember that being healthy encompasses more than just being physically healthy. What you put in to your body has an effect on how you feel, just as what you are feeding your mind has an effect on how you feel.

Let me ask you this. What are you feeding your mind? Is your Facebook feed full of people dehumanising others, bullying and negativity? Is your Instagram feed full of images and stories that make you feel bad about you and your life? Does the news make you feel angry or sad?

I think a lot of us are guilty of neglecting our psychological nutrition. I know I was and still am. But I’m better at recognising what’s bad for me in this respect now and am making incremental improvements every day.

I implore you to think about your psychological nutrition. Think about what’s going in to your mind and if it makes you feel bad, do something about it. Change who or what you follow on social media. Watch the news less. If it calls for it, even change who you hang out with.

Next time you have a think about your workout or your next meal, have a think about what you’ve just fed your mind. Was it healthy for you?

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