Should We Prioritise Our Mental Diet?
In the current social media climate, is there a case for us to start prioritising our mental diet?
Or should we simply just keep sailing along the rapid and ever accelerating flow of technology and information?
Today, I’m going to dive into a few considerations about whether or not we should maybe look at how much information we consume, and how much we rely on social media.
So off we go.
The Constant Scramble To Know It All
Now I’m not on about becoming a ‘know it all’.
Instead, I’m on about how we have the most amount of information available to us in the history of mankind.
And it all lies beneath one simple press of a thumb that opens Mr. Google.
The art of googling things has given us the opportunity to find out the answers and information to so much.
To the point where we no longer need to engage in conversation to find out answers.
We can learn so much from the comfort of our bus seat, bed, couch or lunch break.
There’s an endless stream of information flowing every second of every single day, all through the block of technology in our pocket.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google news, LinkedIn, Emails, books, articles, Netflix, YouTube, documentaries, podcasts,media…
It just never ends.
So it almost takes frantic measures to simply attempt to keep up with it.
It can be very overwhelming, yet somehow we almost feel it necessary for us to know it all.
Every day, we keep pouring more and more information into the confines of our own cranium.
But is it too much?
Do we really need it all?
Should we filter it and fine tune what we need to know, and use the rest as a luxury if we fancy it?
Because at the end of the day, is there much point in knowing it all, if it doesn’t lead to progressing as a person and using it to build yourself a better life?
We Already Know All The Answers
Take health and fitness for example.
With just 5 minutes of searching online, you will unearth more information about what your diet should consist of and productive ways to train for health, fitness and well-being.
Yet we’re facing an obesity epidemic?
There’s so much information, the only way to now be relevant is to come out with conflicting evidence, click-bait headlines or gimmick products that promise the quick result.
When in reality, it’s simply a case of cutting back on the booze and junk food, getting more sleep and exercising a few times a week.
But that’s not sexy enough to sell, so we need to dress it up in order to sell products.
And that leads to the next point.
As you browse through social media, you’ll see so many people living happy, perfect lives.
Yet, levels of unhappiness and struggle are escalating.
So how does that figure?
Or are we simply attempting to live a perfect life online, in hope that it brings the recognition and satisfaction you would hope for in real life?
Are we masking over the deficiencies in our lives by portraying our ideal life online?
And with that brings the displays of wealth and luxury online also, which probably ended up on a credit card.
When it comes to social media etc, we tend to only highlight the good stuff online.
We rarely ever show the bad.
The financial stress, the relationship turmoil, the day the kids wreck your head, the hatred of your job, the time spent alone.
Instead, we take microscopic snapshots of those ‘perfect’ times.
But are we creating a vacuum between our online life and our reality?
Because if we are, then that can exacerbate underlying unhappiness, insecurities and frustrations.
And sub-consciously, we may fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others online, without ever knowing the context behind what we see.
It’s Not All About What We See
It’s always about what we read.
And it’s also what we are being sold too.
The written word is a very powerful tool.
One that can be used to manipulate the minds of readers too.
Whether you want to create almost cult-like groups through virtue signalling.
Every day, I see war of words online as people from conflicting camps duel it out in comment sections.
And sometimes it can be easy to almost get sucked into it.
Whether you actively comment, or are happy to sit in the shadows and scroll through the comments.
Either way, it’s far from productive and rarely leads to a positive outcome.
If we go down the confirmation-bias route, we continue to fall into the trap of only reading stuff that confirms our own beliefs.
And I feel that this could possibly limit us.
Sometimes you need to read the other side of the story.
Because that way you begin to develop a balance understanding and you can draw perspective.
Is it sitting on the fence?
For me, sitting on a fence means you get to watch it all and draw your own conclusions.
Because that way, we don’t need to force opinions upon one another with an aim to claim the moral high ground.
So Is It Time We Look After Our Mental Diet?
In an era of information overload, we’ve constantly bombarded with new information.
So much so, it would almost make your head spin.
But is there much use in constantly soaking up new information without putting it into action?
We have almost everything at a fingertip, yet so many are sitting still, searching for that one new idea/trick that will unleash them to do what they’ve always wanted to do.
As the years roll by, those dreams and goals drift away.
But we still sit here soaking up information in hope we’ll hit that break.
So why not control your mental diet, detach and actually put it into use?
Why not avoid the constant search for motivation and instead just start doing?
The only way to do that is to remove yourself from the information overload and just keep it simple.
Pick the 1 – 3 things you need to do most to improve your life, be it relationships, careers, health, financial status or happiness.
And then simply start working towards getting them done.
You can suddenly block yourself from the constant overload.
And now you’re focused on achieving what would have a big positive impact for yourself.
No more comparing yourself to others, no more looking for approval, no more trying to fit in.
This is for me.
And this will definitely make a difference to my life.
Because we can learn all we want, we can load up on as much information, motivation, courses, etc.
But unless we put it into action, it just remains as those nice ideas that rattle around your head.
We can have the greatest ideas ever to change the world, but without ever doing it, it remains just that.
Time To DeClutter
If we begin to control our own mental diet, we can control our own priorities and not get distracted by the overflow.
We can focus on the key areas we wan’t to improve ourselves in and not get dragged along by others.
And that will surely lead to heightened levels of personal satisfaction, right?
If we spend far more time working on building a better future for ourselves, we will spend less time delving into negativity and fruitless interactions online.
So don’t be afraid to detach yourself.
It’s vital to spend time away from it all so you can process, filter and discard the overwhelm.
And I’ve found some of the best ways to do this is by spending time outdoors.
Put some music on and go for a walk by the sea, hike up a mountain or just walk through a park.
Something magical happens when you detach yourself.
Your mind starts to declutter itself.
And suddenly your sub-conscious springs into life.
You’ll notice that you unearth great ideas and motivation from within yourself by simply allowing your mind to relax and process all you’ve been putting into it.
And you gain clarity in doing so.
Everything will seem less frantic and you regain composure.
But you would never get that by sitting on your phone scrambling through articles, comments and videos, right?
Self-care is becoming more and more important.
So instead of constantly pushing ourselves into mental burnout, we should prioritise that weekly declutter.
Detach, declutter and refocus yourself.
Think of it like when your phone tells you it’s storage is full, so you start discarding the stuff you don’t need.
Could our minds also do with that?
Hope this has given you some food for thought.
Thanks for reading.