For a long time now this habit has been such a part of my life that I don’t even think about it. It’s a positive habit that will help you eliminate a great deal of stress.
That’s your relationship to the media. Make it easy on yourself. I’m not saying to stop watching television. You can certainly minimize it. But don’t watch the news in the evening. Think about the hook. To get you to watch their coverage, the networks have to have a hook. That’s how they survive. You watch their coverage and the advertisers try to hook you with their products. And let’s face it….most people react to sensationalism. It gets their attention.
And it get’s yours. Then think about the advertisements. What are they usually about? Usually antidepressant’s. Drugs about sexual function are a close second.
So don’t watch the news in the evening. Anything you need to know, you will find out about in the morning. And if it’s that important someone will call you or text you. And what can you do about it anyway?
Instead of watching the media, take the time to reflect on how your day went. I often thinking about what was special about this day? What did I learn? It’s a great way to sandwich the day. You start it with the morning program wondering about what the highlight of your day might be. And you end it by thinking about that special moment. It’s a great practice. If I’ve restless in the evening and and am tossing and turning, I’ll go back over my day focusing on those highlights.
In the meantime…smile and laugh a little bit more than yesterday.
JOURNEY ON is a blog dedicated to personal and professional development. Mark Susnow, an executive and life coach inspires others to experience more fulfillment and success in their life. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. His articles reflect this journey in an inspirational way. http://www.inspirepossibility.com