What Are You Feeding Your Brain?

dreamstime_xs_46622325We all know that we need to have a healthy diet to physically nourish our brains as well as our bodies.  Without the proper nutrients, in adequate amounts, our brains can’t function properly.

We also need to be aware of what thoughts and beliefs we are feeding our brains, about ourselves and about the world.

Are your thoughts telling you that are worthy or worthless?  That you are capable or incompetent?  That you are smart or stupid?  That you are a success or a failure?    Are your thoughts telling you that people in general are good or evil?  That the world is beautiful or ugly?  That life is full of hope or hopeless?  You get the idea.  Our thoughts become our beliefs which become our reality.

We also need to pay attention to the subtle messages that creep into our brains.  Think of the movies you see, the television shows you watch, the books you read, the music you listen to, the people you follow on social media.  What messages are there?  Are they positive or negative?  How is this impacting your brain, how is it impacting you?

I am especially concerned with what messages are being sent, received, and believed about women.  Take a critical look at the messages you are receiving.  Are women portrayed as smart, strong, independent people?  Or are they portrayed as objects or as inferior beings?  What messages about women are your daughters, granddaughters, and nieces receiving?  Are these message that will help or hurt them?

Too often I think we just soak in whatever messages are there, like mindlessly eating junk food, without thinking if these messages are good for us.  Is it time for you to feed your brain more positive thoughts and messages?

Inside Voice

dreamstime_xs_46622325I am sure all of us have told a child, whether ours or someone else’s, to use their “inside voice” when they get too loud.  If we haven’t used it ourselves, we have, at least, heard someone else use it.

What I have found is that, as I get older, I need to remind myself to use my “inside my head voice.”  I have always talked to myself, I think we all do, but at least I kept it inside my head.  Now I catch myself talking to myself out load.  It generates interesting, and occasionally understanding, looks.

If you are like me, rest assured that you are not alone.  If you don’t do this, and witness someone who does, be patient with them.  You may be doing the same thing someday!