Priming the mind using social media


How to break the cycle of habits and start something afresh? Many of us make New Year Resolutions but we are not able to stick on to them for long. This is more so when it comes to things like diet, exercise etc. We want to do it but somehow end up not doing it. I am sure you have all faced these dilemmas and I am not alone in this.  I recently read an article which explains how we can use our social media to help us sort out many things. We use it for a limited purpose for sending messages or forwards. But we can use it to break habits also.

If we start having discussions on our social groups on the need for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, switching over to a healthy food plan etc, then we will be able to take the discussion towards this particular task and it would be easy to follow it. This is backed by research as the article goes on to explain. Exposure to social-based messages promotes healthy eating which can actually increase consumption of fruit and vegetables and reduce consumption of high-calorie snacks. I think sub consciously the mind keeps getting bombarded by such similar messages that it starts attuning itself around it. They call this priming the mind which is an effective technique.

Advertisements make use of this priming effect by floating images of products which we reach out for when we go shopping. So why not use the same trick for getting something good done, I think it is a good idea. Likeminded people can motivate one another.



Published by Vaishali Shah

Vaishali Shah is the founder owner of Shrivedant Foundation in Kenya. She is an entrepreneur, writer, thinker, an avid reader, an activist, a social bug and a devotee who wants to do different things and do things differently. She has got few degrees like Masters in Commerce, Masters in International Business and Diploma in Web Technologies and many other certificate courses. She thinks that true knowledge and experience is gained from the real life, from our ancient scriptures, our elders and achievers of the society who actually can contribute to our overall growth on a large scale and can uplift our soul to a different level. She is associated with quite a few non-profit organisations in Kenya which are determined to bring awareness of ancient vedic lifestyle and the benefits to implement them into our lives. She also promotes vegetarianism through a club called Kenya Vegetarian Club to help locals to turn and remain vegetarian.

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