Food for thought...
It’s an old expression - “Food for thought”. The more you think about it, no pun intended, the more the importance of it dawns.
We spend a lot of time making sure we have enough food on our respective tables to sustain ourselves physically but how careful, or selective, are we about what we “feed” our mind?
Further to that, as time has progressed, we have become increasingly aware of how continually ingesting certain foods will make some of us physically sick.
Whilst it is more difficult to measure and quantify there is no doubt that a poor “mental diet” will ultimately result in poor mental health.
As Zig Ziglar said “ Feed your mind as often as you feed your body”.
With so many avenues available to us for information to be absorbed my encouragement to you is to be as selective as you can about what you take in. In watching main stream media what are you feeding your mind? Or Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Are the pieces of information you are taking in from those sources helping you figuratively to get to where you want to go? If you’re feeling flat - turn the news off. Trust me - it helps.
No matter what it is that you choose to take in, it will become “food for thought”.
We are beginning to understand how some of these influences can negatively affect us. In a previous blog I referenced a 2019 Stanford University study in which 9 out of 10 respondents reported a lift in the subjective well being after a month off Facebook - you can see that here.
Knowing that, and having evidence to back it up, then it makes sense for us to take control of our own “Food for thought”.
Be selective about what you watch. Be proactive with what you choose to read. Choose who you listen to for advice.
It’s simple to do that. Not easy. Simple.
There’s some “Food for thought”.
And - not to lose the point all together - I acknowledge there are some foods that are linked to better thinking too. Perhaps a topic for another time.