Principles of a Heathy Information Diet
Marina Spirande shares about modern media and a healthy lifestyle
One of the discussion platforms at the Second EWF will focus on the role of media in social development. Journalists, scientists, and experts from different countries will discuss how to manage information flows to ensure that they serve peace and security. In the run-up to the forthcoming event, we interviewed Marina Spirande. She is a lifecoach, which means a person who helps people perceiving life more easily and positively. She believes that a healthy society can be formed only in a positive informational environment.
It is considered that the so-called ‘healthy lifestyle’ concerns healthy eating and sport. However, it is important to remember that this notion primarily includes responsibility of a person for his or her health and presupposes a certain mode of thinking.
Marina Spirande believes we are not only what we eat but also what we think. Changing the way of thinking, one systematically strengthens one’s physical and mental health, improves the quality of life, and uses resources and potential to develop for the benefit both of oneself and of society.
Information is the part of our nutrition that we usually receive from different media. It largely forms the line of our thinking. That is why it is important to ensure that information positively affects people.
People should consume ‘right’ information, which is positive one, to properly develop and feel comfortable and calm.
This concerns not misrepresentation of facts or ignoring information.
Marina Spirande believes modern media use men’s model of information presentation as a basis.
Media broadcast quite severe and stressful content in a complex format accentuating the scale of incidents, aggression, and conflicts. To make society healthier and put in on the path to development more information that is positive is needed. Ms. Spirande finds it necessary to share about how people coped with difficulties, about self-fulfillment opportunities in the modern world and constructive processes in different fields of activity.
Articles in newspapers and magazines, content on the net and on television, and radio broadcasts must inspire and motivate people, demonstrate successful cooperation scenarios, and fill audience with energy. Then the levels of anxiety and inner stress will decrease. People will spend their energy on creativity and development, not stress busting.
People Want Positive Information
Statistically, negative content has higher rates. At the same time, people are ready and want to read, watch, and listen to positive news, Marina Spirande says.
“The main thing is that people must themselves learn to think about benefits, perceive information positively, and see not risks but opportunities”.
Ms. Spirande recommends the following exercise: try finding three positive moments in any situation. For example, you missed your bus but met a friend on the bus stop, received the opportunity to enjoy good weather, and managed to run over to your house and pick up your phone previously forgotten at home.
Marina Spirande stresses that today it is necessary to form society’s positive worldview in a women’s manner. One should learn taking into consideration not only challenges and achieving goals but also sympathy and creation. Media play a significant role in this process.
Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov