Do you struggle with always “on” and don’t know how to turn your brain “off”?

I don’t know about you, but I think most of us, including myself, have become addicted to always being busy, multi-tasking and in over drive.

We have gotten into the habit of MULTI-TASKING …especially with social media along with the hundred apps on our Ipad and cell phones.

What is the opposite of MUTLI-TASKING?

One task at a time. FOCUSING on ONE thing.

What is that so hard for us to do- when doing once thing at a time should be so simple and uncomplicated?

We are professional multi-taskers… especially women. Sometimes it is a good habit and other times it is not a beneficial habit.

Be Present.

Do you have a MONKEY MIND when trying to focus on a webinar, trying to read or when trying to fall asleep?

How do you calm down your mind and quiet your thoughts to focus on just ONE thing?

Inhale Let BE. Exhale Let GO!

STRESS is not good or bad- but we have acute stress vs. chronic stress.

We all have our own “tipping point” when we have taken on too much or too many sources of non-stop chronic stress that leads to METABOLIC CHAOS.

As I always say- we have our own “Goldilocks Effect” to how much stress we can tolerate to create a positive response and build resiliency.

The Goldilocks Effect

We have many sources of EXTERNAL sources of stress that may become CHRONIC and we have HIDDEN internal sources of CHRONIC stress that we don’t know about unless we TEST (and not guess about them!). I discovered this article to explain the impacts of chronic stress on the WHOLE you – similar to my own personal struggles and journey as I shared in my book LIFE IS NOT A RACE!

Acute stress: “This is stress resulting from specific events or situations that involve novelty, unpredictability, a threat to the ego, and leave us with a poor sense of control N.U.T.S. This ‘on the spot’ type of stress can be good for you because the stress hormones released help your mind and body to deal with the situation.

Chronic stress = “This is stress resulting from repeated exposure to situations that lead to the release of stress hormones. This type of stress can cause wear and tear on your mind and body. Many scientists think that our stress response system was not designed to be constantly activated. This overuse may contribute to the breakdown of many bodily systems.” –…/under…/acute-vs-chronic-stress/

What are you doing today to manage your sources of stress?

Are you able to implement short doses of (ACUTE) stressors each day into your schedule … as IF, HIIT, Cold/Hot and strength training?

How do I improve my sleep score? Daytime glasses when I am on the computer!

What are you able to do today to take action on being present and focusing on ONE thing?

Here is an interesting article on the impacts of multi-tasking on our brain… yes they actually have studies on this emerging topic.

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What happens to your brain when you multitask? Does your brain slow down? Do you feel increased levels of stress? Why are some people better at it than others? Our authors supply the answers to some of these questions and provide the latest on what happens to the brain when you try to handle more than one task at a time.

For this reason, having multiple task goals places greater demands on the frontoparietal control and dorsal attention networks, which are limited in their capacities. At the same time, the ventral attention network is believed to support more automatic attention reorienting, which can include the capture of attention by distracting information. Importantly, when we multitask, the ventral attention network is more prone to be captured by competing streams of information, including information that is relevant to one task but irrelevant to––and thus disruptive of performance of––another task. Because on-task behavior emerges from interactions among the three brain networks, when we multitask, there are multiple competing sources of what constitutes relevant and irrelevant goals and information. This can cause interference and complex interactions between attention and control brain networks.

Why are we addicted to being busy and always multi-tasking when it only creates an additional source of CHRONIC stress as we are just always turned “on”.

If we are always “turned on” then we are probably turned on, and even “stuck”, in the FIGHT, FLIGHT or FREEZE sympathetic nervous system. We call this SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE.

Ideally, we are building up our RESILIENCY and FLEXIBILITY to shift back and forth.

STRESS is on… then off. We have a dose of STRESSOR then we rest, recover, recalibrate and repair.

Rinse and Repeat. Then we go again.

But what happens is that we are so addicted to busy-ness and multi-tasking that I don’t think we know how to quiet the mind, find stillness and be present. We don’t know how to FOCUS on ONE thing anymore- partially thanks to our phones, apps and social media.

9 ways multitasking is killing your brain and productivity, according to neuroscientists

We’d like to think that we can multitask — respond to emails, text messages, toggle between multiple tabs on a browser, and scroll through social media feeds, whilst working on important tasks — but, our brains would say otherwise.

Protect your brain and productivity
Your brain isn’t built to multitask and manage the barrage of information it faces on a daily basis. The best way to protect your brain is to practice single-taking. Focus on one thing at a time and take breaks every hour and half, to regain your energy. Work in a distraction free environment — keep phones and media devices out of sight. Multitasking feels good, but it isn’t worth your time, energy and certainly, not your brain

What can you start doing today to improve your ability to FOCUS on working on ONE thing?

Take time to push “alt-ctrl-del” to RESET and REBOOT you

and FOCUS on doing ONE thing at a time then move on.

Let me know your thoughts and tips!

The WHOLESTIC Method Coach,

Debbie Potts

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