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Mental Health Monday: DNA & Negative Environments with Andrew Jobling

By: Benjamin Ruge

TLDR: Good Taste Brekky host Elerrina interviews Andrew Jobling for Mental Health Monday on how negative environments permanently change our DNA, and how to cope with this.

Mental health is so important, and every Monday Good Taste Brekky hosts Elerrina and Jodie discuss mental health mindsets and how to conquer them with Andrew Jobling.

This week on Mental Health Monday, Elerrina and Jodie to talk to Andrew Jobling about the mindset surrounding our environment, how our DNA is affected by negative people, and how to cope with such situations.

Andrew is the author of seven published books and is on a mission to inspire people to ‘live a purposeful life of joyful longevity’. He has a background in AFL football, and 30 years of experience in mindset, motivational speaking, and athlete training (to name a few).

Andrew talks about a new study called epigenetics, which changes our DNA and transforms our lives and environment, which has massive effects on our mental health.

“There’s lots of stuff that affects our environment, but a big focus is the people in our lives and who we associate with, and they permanently change our DNA,” he said. “This goes for people that complain, are angry, and unhealthy.”

Three scientists did an experiment, where they held petri dishes with DNA strands in them, and as they handed them between three different people with varying behaviours, the DNA strands changed.

“Environment and who we associate with is critical, and what we put into our brain is very important,” he said. “It’s important that we assess our environment in terms of who we spend the most of our time with.”

“Obviously, some people you can’t avoid, and you have to talk to these people and come to agreements on changes, or limit the time you spend with them, or just leave,” he said.

“You know, if there are people listening to this radio station right now, then they’re having their DNA strengthened,” he said.

“You’re welcome,” Elerrina said.

“We can change it and tweak it to things that are going to lift us and inspire us, feel better about ourselves and educate us, then our mental health will be affected if we take control of that,” he said.

Jodie asks the question of what if there is someone in our lives, our workplace or family that is negative, how do we deal with that?

“You need to build this strength to make sure outside of those people you are listening to the positive people in your life,” Andrew said. “The more you can do to build yourself, the better the protection when you go into a negative situation.”

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About the Author: Benjamin Ruge is a student journalist and aspiring writer, hoping to reach all heights of the journalism industry.

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