For anyone interested in health and well-being “toxin” is a buzz word that’s been around for a while. With the trend for green, organic and natural we are all hyper aware of the so called “toxic chemicals” lurking in every corner waiting to strike but perhaps we are looking at the wrong things.
One of the most prevalent and dangerous to our health is something that rarely gets a mention but I see it 24/7 everywhere I look and it’s responsible for untold illnesses and deaths.
You most definitely won’t find it in your perfume or skincare (although you might find it in the marketing)
Like anything the dosage makes the poison and this is no different – in small doses it’s not harmful but with constant exposure you are most definitely at risk.
It’s been on my radar for a long time now and something we will talk about a lot in the Mindset Magic Masterclass
As it was world Mental Health Day yesterday it felt appropriate to share and whilst you are probably here for the perfume tips, we are all people too and this affects us all.
That toxin is Fear
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself
– Franklin D Roosevelt
Fear in itself is not bad (like most other things labelled toxins) but if we are constantly exposed to it through the TV we watch and the articles we read then the load becomes toxic. It is so prevalent that sometimes we don’t even notice it. I’m not talking about fear of heights or phobias here but the prevalent and insidious fear based marketing strategies used by everyone from governments to product sellers to manipulate people into things they might not otherwise buy or sign up for.
This is what the University of Minnesota has to say:
“Fear weakens our immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, and decreased fertility. It can lead to accelerated ageing and even premature death.
Fear can impair formation of long-term memories and cause damage to certain parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus. This can make it even more difficult to regulate fear and can leave a person anxious most of the time.
Fear can interrupt processes in our brains that allow us to regulate emotions, read non-verbal cues and other information presented to us, reflect before acting, and act ethically. This impacts our thinking and decision-making in negative ways, leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions. All of these effects can leave us unable to act appropriately.
Other consequences of long-term fear include fatigue, clinical depression, and PSTD.”
So what’s the answer?
My tips are:
- Stay away from fear mongering media and advertisers
- Be informed but not obsessed
- Take nothing at face value – do your own research
- Avoid movies and TV shows that play on topical fears (it’s shocking how many there are)
- Surround yourself with inspirational people who uplift you
- Take time out to get grounded in nature and reality
- Know that you are ok, you are enough and perfection is a myth
Let me know if this was helpful