“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama
There is so much anger and fear being purposely stirred up these days by many groups, organizations, and individuals, all in the name of free speech and educating people about what’s really going on.
Families are being fractured by one or more members becoming addicted to the fear and anger from the negativity of the videos and articles they voraciously consume.
Watch one video and the algorithms helpfully suggest more, and more of the same fear and anger inducing genre.
Anger and fear produce an endorphin rush, and you need to keep watching and reading more to keep the endorphins up. That’s the essence of addiction.
This is just as addicting as any of the opiates fracturing our families and communities.
There are many people profiting financially from creating these videos and websites, just as big Pharma and their drug reps have profited from selling opiates.
Bottom line: our families and communities are reeling under the effects of people’s mental health having been tampered with.
When we have our anger and fears constantly triggered, our Amygdala kicks in creating that endorphin rush; the Amygdala hijacks the brain away from our calm and rational area into a manic state full of paranoia.
How did it start?
This pandemic has created deep levels of fear within people, we’ve had to live with the fear of getting sick and dying for more than a year.
In order to cope with this long term fear, it’s normal to wish to try to exert some modicum of control over what’s happening.
Trying to find someone to blame, not only for the pandemic, but for all the other problems we experience in society, is part of this need to exert control, for when we think we have a group of people to blame, we feel we can gain control by punishing them.
So the anger directed at groups of people is an effort to try to gain control of a world which seems more and more out of control.
Except that this isn’t working.
People who are angry and venting it out aren’t feeling any better, they aren’t regaining any control in their lives.
Venting anger only makes us feel more and more out of control, which in turn amplifies the fear and the anger.
No one venting their anger is solving any of the problems they are fearful of. Families and communities are being hurt by this anger.
How do we reduce our fears and levels of anger? How do we stop this addiction?
Step 1 is to purposefully stop being around people who trigger us, and to purposefully stop watching the videos and to stop reading the articles which set off the anger and the fear.
Stop feeding ourselves the things which act just like opiates, affecting our mental health!
Step 2: Accept that the only person we hope to have control over is ourselves, so work on releasing the inner need to control.
Step 3: Start taking care of ourselves by going out for walks, eating nourishing food, and getting plenty of rest!
Step 4: Start introducing positivity into our lives by carefully choosing what we watch, read, and listen to.
This is a vitally important step, for when we remove the negativity, we can’t just leave a void!
Our mental health is our responsibility, just as our physical health is!
If we feed our bodies crap and garbage, our bodies break down.
Likewise when we feed our minds and spirits crap full of anger and fear, our minds break down.
We can’t save everyone else out there, we can only work on our own mental health!
This has been a long and difficult year for all of us. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel now as more and more people become vaccinated that even those who don’t agree with vaccinations can hope for herd immunity.
We’re going to come out of this!
Start thinking about working on your own fears and anger issues, to teach yourself to develop your inner peace and even your happiness!
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