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An influencer is a slang term for someone impacting what others see, feel, and emulate based on their influence as an expert or role model. In the social media world, influencers set trends, promote what’s popular, and make an impact on how others behave.

In your private world, away from social media and external influences, you have a more prominent influencer impacting your decisions…your mind! 

Your mind is the biggest influencer you have. Our minds directly impact how our bodies look and feel. A lot of illnesses are generated from the mind rather than in the body.

When you look in the mirror, much of what you see is based on your mind’s influence. Here are a few outward expressions of your innermost thoughts:

  • Your weight
  • Your hairstyle
  • Your clothing choices
  • Even your home décor

You may not have considered that your mind plays a big role in these factors, but it certainly does. Your mind influences your body and your choices. 

In the same way, your body functions 24/7, your mind is working non-stop. Your mind takes in information and is influenced by:

  • People
  • Culture
  • Experiences
  • Preferences
  • And much more

Then, your mind influences your body one way or another. Here’s how: 

People- The people in your life affect your thoughts and influence your behavior. If you live amongst toxic people, it can negatively impact your mind and body connection. It’s hard to be your best when you are managing difficult people. Likewise, living among motivated and positive people influences the mind in positive ways that express themselves outward. The result: healthy bodies, healthy self-expression, and healthy environments. 

Culture- Your culture influences your mind. A culture can be as dynamic as the ethnic culture of where you live, your culture’s morals and values, or the city’s vibe or culture or neighborhood where you live. This culture has a direct influence on your mind and how you express yourself. 

Experiences- Your experiences make a direct impact on your mind. The more positive experiences you have, the more positive your body reacts. In the same way, having too many stressful or negative experiences will influence your mind. Chronic stress is often an outward symptom of inner thoughts of anxiety and fear. Experiences generally cause this. 

Preferences- What you love – and what you don’t – influences your decisions. From knowing you prefer sweet to salty – or both – to knowing you love high fashion rather than casual wear, your preferences in life influence your outward expressions. 

In a world of influencers, your mind is the biggest one you have. Making sure what you are thinking and how your thoughts impact your body is vital to ensure your body is living its best life. Make sure how you are influencing your body comes from a healthy mind.

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