Modern life moves at a rapid pace. Each day it seems we’re forced into navigating the fast lane. Beyond being addicted to our devices 24/7 (e.g., smart phones, computers), we are expected to juggle far too many tasks in time frames that seem to be getting shorter and shorter. This hectic pace is taxing our brain and body to the point of exhaustion. So let's stop and think about this situation. Is compulsively working on all cylinders to attain some unattainable level of productivity really a healthy goal? Should we be doing this? What can we do to step away from this madness? How can we help our brains handle all the stresses and strains that confront us each day?
Sadly this is a well known problem as a considerable amount of study has been conducted to figure out what remedies we need to take. Here are a few of them:
Add-sleep-time: We're all sleep deprived; this situation should not to be ignored. We need to change our bad sleep habits to fold in an adequate number of hours of sleep per night. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours.
Cut-down-on-screen-time: Are you compulsively using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pintrest, Email, and browsing the Internet for ridiculous amounts of time each day? This behaviour is exhausting because it’s cognitively demanding. We need to discipline ourselves to do these things for short periods of time, and then be good about turning away from the screen to do something else.
Stop-juggling-stuff-time: Contrary to what we think, multi-tasking is less effective than we expect because it causes us to be unproductive and more stressed. We need to shift our mindset from multi-tasking to one-tasking.
Take-more-resting-time: Simply stopping to do nothing and to think about nothing each day for small periods of time each is very beneficial. Over time, if we commit to doing this, this habit will help improve our attention span and foster creativity. Wow!
Beyond these remedies, brain and cognitive researchers tell us that doing these any number of these things will help exercise our brain NOT exhaust it:
- Read a book – on anything;
- Learn to play an instrument;
- Exercise regularly;
- Learn a new language;
- Do puzzles and games;
- Do yoga.
So, help your ‘little grey cells’ by treating them well to live long and happily.