Where is your focus? Now, at first glance of the title I am guessing that you may have thought this post to be about food in someway. It's not. It is about what we choose to fill our minds with! What we choose to listen to. What we pick to watch on TV. What we put our time and energy into.
There was a period of time, right after my separation, when I had to delete all of my social media accounts. It was a long time coming really. I had stopped checking Facebook, and only really looked at Instagram for hair inspiration for my previous blog.
I also turned off the TV, unless it was a movie or a documentary that I wanted to watch. I stopped watching the news and I started to increase my music selections to meditation sounds, or country.
What I learned from doing these things:
What we consume daily, becomes exactly what we believe, and how we feel about our day. When I had the news on - it made me feel like the world was ending constantly. There was NO BENEFIT for me, and it caused me to have anxiety. Facebook memories would pop up and I would look back and feel bad about my relationship, more often than feeling good about a past event.
In this period of my life, it all had to go! I had to focus on what was making me actually happy, and realize the triggers of what wasn't. I became more and more aware of my gut feelings, and my intuition about people and what I consume on a daily basis.
What I realized is I am far happier without, The Real Housewives of Drama City. I am less stressed from the news constantly telling me all the things that are wrong in the world. I am less anxious when I listen to light music, it actually soothes me. I am happier when I don't talk to, or see certain people's drama on my news feed daily.
I increased my reading, my meditation, my light music choices, or just sitting in silence. I listened to podcasts about motivating content, and frugal living. I made recipes, wrote in a journal, colored in an adult coloring book.
The point is, what we choose to consume - consumes us.
If you choose to sit and binge watch seven hours of The Real Housewives, that's awesome! But expect to leave with some hateful lines, and ready to gossip, and most of all a negative outlook on life! If you spent those seven hours watching a documentary that is educational, or listen to a podcast that will teach you something, or sat and meditated and wrote down your goals; I have a feeling you would feel much better - instead of worse!
We are all going to have different interests, we are all going to be inspired by different things. Learning what is causing your negative attitude, or an unfulfilled feeling in your soul can really make a difference in your life!
This includes people. If someone is bringing you down, or is always negative, or complaining - why are you hanging out with them? Because you have been friends since 5th grade? It's okay to reevaluate friendships. It's okay to go on different paths. Have a conversation, and if it doesn't feel right - it's okay to grow apart. The people closest to you are your biggest influences! So, it really may be time to take a baby step back and say - are we bringing value to each others lives? Do we have a relationship that should go from hanging out once a week, to hanging out once a month?
What you consume, is what you believe about this world.
Are you consuming negative or positive things on a daily basis?
It's worth it to ask the question. There is nothing wrong with "unfriending" or unfollowing people who are always negative! You do not need that in your life, daily! It's okay to stop watching the news every night. It's okay to take time for YOURSELF!
Choose to consume happy, positive, fulfilling, educational content! Take time for self acceptance and self love. Read a book that teaches you something new! Open your heart and mind to new experiences! Because let me tell you, if you are feeling less than great about your life, its time for some changes! It's time for some happiness! It's time to consume positivity!
Kaitlyn Elizabeth McCann
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