Whatever we see, hear and experience is food for the mind. Feeding our mind positive thoughts, humour and sensible interpretations of sensationalist stories, helps shape our responses to new situations. We can build resilience through exposure to stressful material. However, when we are stressed, we can be more sensitive to stories and images that feed our anxiety, depress us, scare us or raise our heartrate. That can affect our mood at the time and affect sleep later, reinforcing tiredness, anxiety and stress.
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