Have you ever wondered how much information you process each day?
I was astounded to discover that we receive over 174 newspapers of data each day, and on top of that there are emails, social media and 24 hour news cycles. We also send out over 6 newspapers each day in emails, social media and photographs, according to Dr Martin Hilbert of the University of California.
Dr Hilbert states we are receiving more than 5 times the data we were receiving only 20 years ago.
Does just the thought of this make your brain spin?
If you have ever felt like you are on an information treadmill, this is why. In fact, these statistics were released in 2007 so I am sure the figures have only evolved.
This is the informational age we live in and it is clearly not going to change any time soon.
Although our brains are actually very good at adapting and mutating to receiving and understanding new information, this tsunami of information is causing brain overload resulting in fatigue, fuzziness, scattered thinking and sleep difficulties.
Personally, when I open my email account and see over 100 emails sitting there, I feel my shoulders tense and my brain go into overdrive. The stress of even getting started, let alone focusing on all these emails is sometimes palpable.
I often long for time out from this dizzying deluge of data.
I do have my own personal antidote though!
Making time for regular meditation, sometimes even just three deep breaths, lifts the burden from my body and my shoulders soften and relax. I move from my stressed state to a more relaxed state.
Doing meditation just before bedtime is particularly powerful. Not only am I disconnected from all the data and social media for a sizeable time, I am able to completely relax, encouraging a state of deeper restful sleep.
Meditation also supports me to stay in a place of passive awareness. I let my thoughts come and go without engaging. I notice that if I can stay on track with this, the mind will often bounce about for a bit, but then naturally begins to slow down. It is almost as though by simply observing, I am giving it permission to process and release the information overload.
Meditation is a natural way to diffuse the stress in the body and the brain of the data deluge.
Oh and of course, I still have to deal with all the emails. And there are ways to do that too. But that is another story!
From my heart to yours,