It's hard to do in today's world. Or is it? We go online, and if we look to news pages, we see a lot of negativity. How often do we see the news actually report continuously on something positive? We don't.
Negativity increases stress levels, which increases blood pressure, which is not good for the heart. One way to reduce that is less exposure to negative triggers. Don't watch/read so much news, try to avoid reading blogs that you just KNOW are going to anger you. Stay informed, yes. But not over informed. How to determine that? That's totally up to the individual. If you feel you're getting mad, then maybe it's time to walk away and find something to do that is more pleasurable.
I read on something about another mass shooting. I haven't really watched news today, so this was the first I had heard of it. But I can see it now, the media will report on this for the next week or so, giving out the details that they have of the incident. They will parade every legal expert and every analyst they can find to discuss the hows and whys of the crime. And to what benefit? Now we get an insight as to why this person felt he had to kill people? Was it to get his name in the news? Was he mad at an ex girlfriend? A former co worker? Former supervisor/manager? Do we "need" to know all of those details?
There are different programs to watch on tv, or, we can listen to a favorite cd while doing house work. Or take a walk, or hang out with friends and talk about something fun...there are so many ways to enjoy life, why must we be so focused on what is bad? I totally understand the concept of being informed, I just don't need to watch it 24/7. If I want to know what is going on in the world, I'll turn on the news to catch the headlines, or I'll look it up. Politics....I'll look into candidates online on their sites or the appropriate government site in order to see their voting records and what their stance is on issues. All issues. Not just issues I may find important, but all issues, because how that person votes on issues affects all of us.
Then, I'm back to more enjoyable things life has to offer. It is quite liberating to get away from the tv and the computer and hang out with friends or family for a few hours and realize there is real life out there to enjoy. We are becoming way too dependent upon technology and need to find a balance that works for each of us individually. Sure, it's cold outside, but a walk does wonders for the mood, and the body. Even going outside for a few minutes with the dogs to watch them while they're outside is a wonderful break from all that is negative. And all of this is "free", don't need money to take a walk or just be outside for a while. Don't need money to hang out with friends or family.
I just know that for myself, it's time to eliminate some negativity in my life.
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