Do you ever find your mind racing when you are trying to get to sleep or when you wake up in the middle of the night with so many thoughts that you don’t know which to listen to? It may very well be that you are feeling the effects of information overload. Today I will share some simple steps to avoid information overload.
What is information overload?
Well in this modern world, we are bombarded by information from more directions than we even realise and our brain has to order and sort through all this information while we sleep to make sure that we keep hold of the useful stuff and file away the stuff that isn’t needed now or s irrelevant. The information comes in many forms and from many different angles e.g. TV, Facebook, emails, magazines, adverts, books, phone calls, text messages and so it goes.
The thing that we have to remember is that we have the power to control the amount of information that we take in by creating some simple rules in our lives to filter the information and to make sure that we don’t stuff a load of new things into our minds just before we go to bed.
Here are some simple things that you can bring into your life today:
1. Turn off
Switch off your mobile phone in the evening so that you have a break from being contacted by text message and calls. If it is important, they will get hold of you another way.
2. Be selective
Don’t just watch everything and anything that comes on the TV. Be selective and only watch the things that really interest you or have value for you. Sitting back and watching something that you don’t find interesting is just a means of filling your mind with rubbish – that will inevitably come back to haunt you in the middle of the night!
3. Create zones
Make a determined effort to make certain areas of your home tech free e.g. the bedroom or around the dining table. This will help you to keep a clearer mind while you are eating and make your bedroom a more restful place with out the interference of messages, calls and TV shows.
4. Limit yourself
Decide to only check your emails twice a day and when you have responded to an email file it away accordingly so that it isn’t clogging up your inbox.
5. Be aware
Keep your awareness of how long you are spending browsing social media sites as they can very easily suck you in and help you to bombard your brain with even more information that is necessary.
6. Take a break
Before going to bed, make sure that you leave about an hour free from stimulants for your brain e.g. no TV or reading, or browsing Facebook or watching YouTube. This is especially important if you do find yourself waking in the night filled with thoughts, ideas and mind chatter. Instead of stimulating your brain, try listening to relaxing or soothing music or mediating.
To see how much you fill your brain with information, keep a diary of the amount of time you spend on the internet, reading books, watching TV and also when you are doing it. Note the effect it as on your sleep pattern and on how much you get distracted during the day.
Then start to implement some changes into your routine, limiting your time on social media, developing tech free zones and giving your brain a rest before you go to bed. You will be surprised at the difference it makes!
One you have done your diary, comment below with what you discovered, how you have changed your ways and what it has brought into your life.