As we go on in our daily grind, it is seemingly getting more and more difficult filtering all the shit and bullshit that we encounter on a day-to-day basis. Its a great reminder to envision our brain as a filter that needs to be cleaned and de-cluttered on occasion.
Control your environment.
Because our brain cannot distinguish between real and imagined practice, if we subject ourselves to 30 minutes of watching sensationalized news stories, or find ourselves listening to a 30-minute dose of complaining and gossiping with those people around us, the effect on the brain is the same as if we had lived those experiences ourselves. The good news, according to Sapolsky, is that the negative effects of excessive stress can not only be stopped, but also reversed “once the source, psychological or physical, is removed or sufficiently reduced.” Limit your exposure to negativity by staying away from people, environments, and sources that are negative.
More food for thought here.