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Our mood system is ordinarily very robust, for the most part we deal with knock backs and obstacles within a relatively short period of upset. Whether it’s an argument with a partner or family member, the car breaking down or something tragic we see on the news; we experience upset or annoyance but ordinarily our mood bounces back and is naturally restored before too long.
However, when we are struggling with low mood or anxious we are more vulnerable to external factors having an impact upon us. When the resilience of our mood system is reduced there is less of a ‘rebound’ back to a balanced mood. So it stands to reason that we are then more susceptible to prolonged low moods and the influence of negative events.
Is Modern Media Affecting Your Mood?
For example, when we watch the news we are often bombarded with negativity about events, locally or around the globe. Unfortunately human nature being what it is, bad news often attracts our attention more than good and so often the news is full of tragedy, injustice or sadness. In reality most of this news will have no impact upon our own reality and yet we feel drawn to it once we become aware of it.
If we have an awareness of our own vulnerability, then perhaps we can help ourselves by reducing the amount of negativity we expose ourselves to.
For example, if you know you are particularly sensitive to bad news about injustice, it may be worth considering what you stand to gain by exposing yourself to this?
We have a tendency to look for things which reinforce the way we feel and what we believe. When we feel low or if there is a strong sense of injustice, we are more likely to seek out information or events which reaffirm how unfair life is.
This can be a double-edged sword. Some are able to find meaning and purpose in pursuing sources of injustice and shining a light into dark areas, whilst others may become sucked into a vicious circle of proving to themselves how unfair the world is. Of course it’s quite possible to fall into both camps simultaneously. The key here is recognising that none of us are immune to the effects of constant negative stimulus.
As someone who advocates increasing curiosity and awareness, it may well seem odd to suggest that we avoid sources of potential information. However, as with all things the key is often in finding the right balance for you. Too much of any one thing is not good for any of us and this is no less the case with modern media.