Unless you are living under a rock, you see and hear this poison every day.
On the Internet, hate is at epidemic proportions.
In traffic, people are ready to kill others because they don’t like how they drive.
People are seething with rage, bitterness, and vengeful thoughts.
Even if they don’t act out those thoughts, they are still wrecking their own health and lives.
Higher and more prolonged levels of circulating cortisol (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:*
- Impaired cognitive performance
- Dampened thyroid function
- Blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycemia
- Decreased bone density
- Sleep disruption
- Decreased muscle mass
- Elevated blood pressure
- Lowered immune function
- Slow wound healing
- Increased abdominal fat, which has a stronger correlation to certain health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems.*Read more here
Here’s the thing, you don’t have to get sucked into this mess.
Here’s a few ways to avoid this trap:
- exercise regularly
- sleep more
- limit social media usage
- limit watching the news
- avoid senseless arguments
- don’t label others
- take time to interact with real people in person
- remember you cannot fix the whole world
Your thoughts eventually become your actions, good or bad.
The ancient writings remind us “let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” Book of James 1:19