We live in a world of frequent stimulation and busyness. The sights, sounds and smells of the world constantly bombard our senses. Things to touch and taste surround us everywhere we turn. We are always on the move, switching from one task to the next. We are constantly taking in information from the world and using that to perform our daily tasks. Most of the time, we wear our busyness as a badge of honour. We don’t realise the impact that this constant flow of stimulation and tasks has on our lives.
In today’s post, I will share 5 of the consequences that over-stimulation and multi-tasking can have on your life.
I can attest to this from personal experience. In one day, there is so much going on in my life. On a typical day, I am working, building my business, running my blog, taking care of my needs and making time for my partner. Within all those is a multitude of tasks that I have to perform to succeed in each area. So more often than not, I forget things. Even though our minds are essentially super bio-computers capable of storing a lot of information, only so much of that gets stored so that we can retrieve it at a later date. If stored, we can’t recall the information because we didn’t give it enough attention to form a part of our working memory.
- Carry a notepad everywhere
- Write down all your tasks
- Set reminders
- Invest in a supplement to boost memory
- Take time to store information in your memory bank
Easily distracted and unable to concentrate
I’m almost positive that most of us have observed this in our lives. Our busy and over-stimulated lifestyle has reduced our attention span. We are like a hummingbird moving from flower to flower. Instead of focusing solely on one task, we are distracted and switch from task to task. Or if we are not multi-tasking (there is no such thing btw), we pause what we are doing to respond to an email, scroll social media or talk with someone. We are unknowingly teaching our minds to seek constant stimulation. Throughout our days, we are easily distracted by the smallest of things then we wonder why our work quality and productivity is so poor.
- Turn off all devices notifications
- Work in a distraction-free area
- Use the do-not-disturb feature on your phone
- Keep your office door close and put up a do-not-disturb sign
- Communicate with those around you
- Invest in a supplement to boost focus
If you are anything like me, you find yourself laying in bed tired, ready to sleep when a thought or idea pops into your head. You try to fall asleep, yet your mind keeps buzzing like a bee. Then you have to get up and write out to see if that helps or do the task so that your mind shuts up. Sometimes, it can happen during the night. You get up for whatever reason to find yourself having a brainstorming session at midnight. Then you wake up the next day feeling unrested and grumpy. Overstimulation is the culprit. Your mind is absorbing everything during your waking hours. However, there is so much stimulation during the day that it can’t always process all that information. In quiet moments when less is going on, your mind connects things from during your day.
- Stop working at least 2 hours before going to bed
- Turn off all devices 1 hour before bed
- Review your day
- Brain dump right before you go to sleep
- Put on your sleep playlist, white noise or ambient music
- Invest in lavender essential oil or supplement to promote sleep
You may have heard that your ability to make decisions decreases over time. Decision fatigue is a psychological phenomenon that occurs when your brain is forced to make many decisions in a short period. As time goes by, our brain becomes tired, and we are more likely to make poorer decisions. It can impact how we handle our business and performance.
Have you ever felt like your brain was in a fog, or like you can’t think straight or are confused about what to do? If so, then you may be suffering from decision fatigue. Living life with too much stimulation and tasks can fatigue our brains and make life more challenging.
- Create routines as they help eliminate the need for too many decisions
- Delegate tasks so all the burden is not on you
- Simplify your life
- Give your brain a break by meditating or simply enjoying your breath
The final consequence of living an over-stimulated and busy lifestyle is feeling overwhelmed. You may be feeling fine now, but there is only so much your mind can handle at a time. Being overwhelmed is not the best feeling, and it doesn’t come alone. Overwhelm likes to walk with friends. You may feel anxious, stressed, tired, confused or frustrated. You may notice that you are getting sick more often or feeling restless. If you are overwhelmed, it’s a sign that you are doing too much and overloading your system.
- Take some time off to re-charge
- Include more breaks or recovery moments in your day
- Get enough sleep
- Take time to enjoy the simple things: a cup of relaxing tea, a walk, playtime
You May Also Like:
- 7 Changes You Might Not Have Known Were Stress
- 5 Simple Steps To Take When Your Routines Are In Shambles
- What Are Personal Boundaries And Why It’s Important
Thank you for reading.