Avoiding Mental Toxicity!

April 18, 2011

Nowadays we are bombarded by warnings on how to avoid toxic products, from fertilizers used in foods to lead paint used in toys and everything in between.

However, aside from all those things that can be potentially hazardous for our bodies, there is another danger that nobody talks about, and that is just as prevalent… I call it "mental toxicity" and it is the constant exposure to negative and fear-inducing messages.

Unfortunately, this exposure has increased exponentially in the past 50 years because of the mass media. That is not to say that everything we find in the media is negative, but a high percentage of news broadcasts, for instance, focuses on negative events like war, violence, crime, tragedy, natural disasters, economic crises, etc.

I once heard someone describe CNN as: "Constant Negative News", and I personally agree.

Another source of fear inducing messages (in the US, that is) are the numerous drug ads on TV that prompt you to talk to your doctor about such or such medicine you should be using, and the campaign ads warning you about deadly diseases you should be tested for.

In fact, all the warnings I mentioned before (toxic products in food, toys, etc.) fall into the same category of fear-inducing messages.

There is nothing wrong with being informed, however there is a negativity overload that can do more harm than good. All these messages are taking people over the edge, having them believe (often unconsciously) that they are in danger all the time, which means they are living in a constant state of FEAR. Because of the pervasive nature and the repetition of all these messages, they can go straight into our subconscious mind and therefore affect our "programing" without our knowledge.

The truth is, most of the things we fear are unreal, and those that are real are blown way out of proportion. Fear blurs our judgment and is a big cause of stress.

When we are under excessive stress (whether from internal worry or external circumstances) a bodily reaction is triggered, called the "fight or flight" response. This response is hard-wired into our brains and represents a genetic wisdom designed to protect us from bodily harm.

The problem is, when there is no "real threat", and the threat is just in our minds as a "possibility" the brain can't tell the difference and the response is triggered anyway.

If our bodies are prompted into this response mode too often, the effects caused by it (useful in case of a real danger) can be harmful to our health. If you wish to find out all the bodily effects of this response, you can check the Britannica Encyclopedia, it has a short but informative list.

Whether you follow the constant negative news, or watch violent movies, or play war video games, or pay too much attention to health warnings, you are sending really negative energy to your subconscious mind and you may not be aware of the damage this can cause to your body.

A good advice is to avoid this exposure as much as you can and be a careful observer, try not to get caught in the roller coaster of fear. Take some distance from it, and you will soon see that things are not so bad and your life can improve greatly by disconnecting from this negativity.

Have a wonderful week!

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