Saturday, August 6, 2011


The information super highway was supposed to make our lives easier. In fact, we can bank, shop, and connect with people around the world, without ever leaving our homes. On the other hand, we now have to find time to deal with computer technology, emails, text messages, cell and land phones ringing, I-pods, I-pads, Kendles, DVR’s, and on and on.  All of this in addition to our existing information sources consisting of television, radio, magazines, newspapers, snail mail, etc. These technical advances have definitely changed our lives, but for the better?

On the surface, our lives are enhanced in many ways, but if not managed responsibly, information overload can do very real harm. Our brains like to organize incoming information systematically. Some of us, including me, are not capable of handling the barrage most of us deal with on a daily basis. Our brains send us alerts that they are receiving too much data to organize efficiently by way of stress and anxiety attacks, which many of us are experiencing. The remedy is quite simple. Unplug for a while.

Turn it all off. Computer, cell phone, I-pod, television and radio. This is almost impossible for some to even consider, but giving your brain time to ‘catch up’ can make a world of difference to your state of mind. It may take a little time to adjust to being unplugged, but once you leave the electronic world, you will discover another world full of nature, weather, and peace and quiet. This other world is very nourishing and should be as important as the technical world. 

Try unplugging on a regular basis and see if you are a less stressed, happier person. I know I am.

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