You can nourish your mind with things that make you feel happy.
You can nourish your mind with things that make you feel depressed.
You can nourish your mind with things that make you feel relaxed.
You can nourish your mind with things that make you feel stressed.
So how to properly nourish your mind?
Let’s take a look at a few important factors that most everyone has in their lives.
1. The News
The news is usually a bunch of brain garbage because it’s often very negative, sensationalist and let’s be honest: we don’t even know whether it’s true what these news channels are feeding us! Don’t be surprised if watching the news might make you believe that we’re living in a vile and hostile place. And don’t be surprised if that’s making you feel sad…!
You might of course also find a news channel that’s independent and more positively oriented.
But for me personally, it has worked fine to not make any effort to take in news anymore for a few years now. No newspaper, no tv, no news websites. If there’s anything really interesting, important, or funny, it will most probably reach you anyway because then people in your environment will be talking about it.
And, by the way, it’s always funny to have to be that person who goes like: “Really!? The UK left the EU a few months ago? Wow! Why???” Ha ha, true story.
And if this would make you feel ashamed for not being ‘up to date’ or ‘an engaged world citizen’… that’s an interesting opportunity to start caring less about what other people think of you! 😉
Yesss such a lot of brain garbage on the mainstream tv channels! What’s the point of putting some people on an island and see how they’ll get along and survive? Or putting a bunch of kids in a massive singing contest and often making fun of a lot of them in the first rounds and making it one big popularity competition in the last ones?
How do these shows enhance your life?
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with entertainment an sich, but you can also choose entertainment that also enriches your life for the rest of your life. Like for example choosing a beautiful nature or astronomy documentary that makes you marvel at the wonders of this planet and universe for the rest of your life. Or watching a beautiful movie that centers around important human values like courage and love.
Now that’s nourishing to your mind.
So how do these mainstream tv shows enhance your life?
Quite usually they just don’t.
PLUS: they might include a lot of toxic stuff like being completely centered around competition, which might make you feel stressed or less than others. Or they include toxic stuff like a lot of swearing, negative worldviews, anger, or unrespectful jokes.
PLUS: there are all these advertisements on the television all the time. So annoying and tiring to your mind. Please, give yourself a break!
Now that’s brain garbage.
I have been happy for the last 5 years or so to not have a TV. I can recommend you do the same.
And, of course, you might still like to have a beautiful big screen to connect your laptop with whenever you want to stream that beautiful nature documentary from a source that doesn’t include commercials.
A channel I can recommend for finding high vibe conscious media to watch is Gaia.com.
3. Music (and Books & Movies)
Music is another big one. It has such an impact on our mental well-being. It even has an impact on plants. Plants have been shown to grow better with Mozart and worse with metal.
Every kind of music has a certain vibe. Depending on the melodies and instruments and rhythms, and depending on the lyrics.
What kind of vibe does the music have that you usually listen to? Angry? Sad? Happy?
Is the singer going on about how angry he is that his girlfriend cheated on him? Give yourself a break.
Is the singer going on about how sad she is that he left her? Give yourself a break.
Or is the singer celebrating life is their songs? Keep listening!
Same for books, same for movies.
4. Friends & Conversations
Friends also have a huge impact on the well-being of your mind.
Do you hang out with people who have a very negative outlook on life? Are your friends gossiping a lot? Do they complain about life? Do they tell you what you want is impossible?
Analyze the conversations you have with your friends. Are the vibes uplifting your spirit? Do you end up feeling inspired? Loving? Or happy? Or do you feel drained afterward?
I have two tips for you. 1: See if you can make the conversations you’re having with people more positive. See if you can be the uplifting person. Choose happy topics, share a positive outlook, talk about what you’re grateful for, tell others about the good you see in them.
And 2: Spend less time with the people who make you feel drained, and spend more time with the people who make you feel happy.
5. Your House
You spend a lot of time in your house. Every single day. So why not make it a nice and nourishing place for yourself?
Make sure that your house is cleaned up. If your house is messy, this will drain your energy because you keep registering it all the time, and that’s just tiring and depressing. I know most people don’t like to organize and clean their house, but exactly the moment you’re feeling bad is a great moment to clean up your house because it will quite likely make you feel much better to do so.
And since it will make you feel better every time you do it, you might even start liking it!
Choose the colors of your house wisely. Do you have a lot of grey, black, and brown colors? This might have a depressing influence on you. Color psychology teaches us that every color has an influence on our psyche. Choose colors for your walls and furniture that makes you feel good. Blue, for example, is calming. Whereas yellow might make you feel sunny inside.
Do you like your furniture? If not, why don’t you bring all that brain garbage stuff to the second-hand store and get yourself furniture that you do like?
It’s important to realize that
Your house can be your work of art!
If you give it love, that’s what it will radiate back to you.
I can make up many more factors that are important for nourishing your mind properly. Your work, the route and means of transport you choose to use to go that your work, the way you have sex, the city and landscape you choose to live in, the parties and events you go to… etc.