So TV Rots your Brain…

 

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I have a confession to make. I haven’t watched cable television in nearly two years. A strange thing started happening when I stopped watching TV. I started to feel better about myself. I gained more confidence. I also stopped feeling like my life was lacking in some way. I somehow started feeling more at peace knowing that I truly had everything I needed in life and more. I felt more at ease and calm overall.

Do you realize that when you watch television your brain automatically goes into an alpha wave state? Experiments show that just minutes after watching TV your brain goes from Beta waves, which represent active brain functioning and logical reasoning, to alpha waves, which is a non-reasoning, highly suggestible state of mind. In other words, your brain turns to mush.

Advertisers know this, and its why television advertising is so successful. Its also why they’re willing to pay an average of 4 million dollars for a 30 second commercial to play during the super bowl. Their job is to imprint the idea of what you need into your brain while you subconsciously absorb the message. Then you go out and buy that product.

Do you see how it works? I think many people understand this, yet for some reason, still allow these messages to subconsciously infiltrate their minds. Companies make money by playing off of your insecurities. Advertisers cash in by making you feel like you’re just not good enough the way you are. 

The other day I was doing errands and walked into a place where the TV was blasting.  A doctor was discussing a “NEW INJECTIBLE TREATMENT” that adds “YOUTHFUL VOLUME TO CHEEKS INSTANTLY” because you know, as you get older, your cheeks apparently become more hollow.

“Well gee, I’m getting older… are my cheeks hollow?” is the question that you should be asking yourself. Then if the answer is “YES”, they have the injectable treatment for you!

Enough is enough! Turn off the TV! (At least occasionally!) I can’t emphasize enough how much better I feel about everything in life since I stopped watching it. There’s such a sharp contrast in the way I saw myself when I was wrapped up watching the Real Housewives of Orange County, compared to how I see myself now.

I always felt like I wasn’t good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, etc. compared to the images I was seeing on TV. That big box in the room was telling me who I was supposed to be.  Well, that was then, this is now.

While I’m far from perfect, and still face challenges in life, eliminating TV made me appreciate and love myself for who I am RIGHT NOW, without society’s expectations of what is required to be deemed good enough.

As a matter of fact, I never even think about TV because its just not part of my life anymore. Nowadays when I go into a place where the TV is playing, it feels like a lot of loud noises and bright lights bombarding my otherwise calm and rational mind.

TV is just like an addictive drug because it releases endorphins. If you grew up in the 80’s like me, you might remember that commercial with the egg. This is your brain; (a whole egg) this is your brain on drugs (Scrambled).  Well TV is like a drug, so this is your brain on TV: Scrambled. Messy. Fuzzy.

Put down the remote!

Go outside. Get some air, take a walk, or visit a family member or friend. Maybe even try something new or learn a new hobby! Take a class. Read a book. I can almost guarantee that in no time at all, your life and sense of well-being will be drastically improved!

There is no injectable treatment that can give you that. 

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Is It Really January?

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As I sat down to write yet another list of New Year’s Resolutions, I couldn’t come up with any. I mean how many years in a row can I resolve to lose 20 pounds, save money, write more, work on my book, etc. Each year we all do the same thing; make a bunch of vows that most of us will break within a month… or in my case, maybe even a week. So this year, I didn’t make any. In fact, the New Year seemed to come so quickly that I almost wasn’t ready for it. Is it really January?

As I was sitting there attempting to come up with a million ways I could be a better, improved version of myself for 2014, memories of the past season flooded my mind. It was a great season for me, mostly because I got to spend it with the ones I love the most. I was honestly kind of sad it was over, and all the Christmas cheer was gone for another year. One of my favorite holiday songs echoed through my ears, “So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over… and a New One Just Begun.” {Happy Christmas (War is Over) by John Lennon}

That’s IT! I got it! Another year over… and what have I done? I mean, for anyone beside myself that is! Then I suddenly realized that the Christmas spirit could live on all year if we just choose to keep the momentum of giving to others selflessly. I don’t mean gifts. The old cliché is often true; the greatest things in life are free. There are so many ways we can give back to the community and help others in need. You could volunteer at an animal or homeless shelter, donate food to food banks, mentor a child, give blood, cook someone dinner, listen to a friend, plant a tree, read to senior citizen in a nursing home, teach a child to garden, or even visit your grandma.

It doesn’t matter what you do, the point is to do something for someone else for the sheer joy of giving to others and making the world a better place. We all get busy and caught up in our own lives, its hard to find time… but if we truly want to make a positive impact in our community and our world, we must make the time! Trust me, I’m the world’s biggest procrastinator! I’m writing a New Year’s blog 3 days late. But I finally figured out my resolution! It’s to be a less selfish, and more giving to those around me, the community, and to the world. Oh yeah, and to enjoy the little moments along the way! Happy 2014!

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