I really had to check myself yesterday, guys. I found myself getting wrapped up in the stories and problems of others to a point where it was negatively affecting my own mindset.
So. I have Ulcerative Colitis. Cool. Whatever. Because of this, I joined a group on Facebook with 15,000 other people who also have UC. It’s meant as a support group but maybe 80% of the posts ended up being people complaining about the condition, looking for sympathy, etc. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but at the same time, misery loves company and I’m NOT miserable, but it was adding to my misery.
What was happening to me mentally was this: I’d look at other people’s stories and then try to compare them or apply them to my own body and what was happening with me. By looking at other people’s negativity about the disease, it was feeding into my fears surrounding it vs. listening to my own body, my own experiences, and how I want to treat my condition. Realistically, their experiences have nothing to do with my experience because we are all experiencing things differently. Ya dig?
What we think about, we bring about. The law of attraction. All that applies to this situation. I was letting other people’s bad experiences impact my own mindset.
My main point is this: Be careful with the information you allow to enter your brain. Ultimately, you are in control of the media, articles, television, books etc that you consume every day. Are the things you’re looking at adding to your well-being or are they causing you unnecessary stress and anxiety?
I left the group and couldn’t be happier with that decision. Sometimes you just have to put your blinders on to the bullshit!
Have you experienced something similar? Other people’s negativity changing the way you think about yourself? I’m curious if anyone else has any examples! Leave me a comment if you have!