Coping with Information Overload
I had a client who came to me to learn more about plant based nutrition, as many do. They had concerns about whether or not they were eating right because of various symptoms they had. In the course of our sessions, she discovered one of her biggest issues was actually information overload. While, she did need help with menu planning, the heart of the matter wasn't food but rather trying to wade through all the things in her life that demanded her attention. Believe it or not, information can put some of most intense demands on you.
We are constantly bombarded with a myriad of useless facts, family updates, intense controversies, pseudoscience, and more on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google. Add to that shopping, like cereal choices at the grocery store, choices on which store to shop at, keeping track of sales, etc. and that's only TWO aspects of your life that flood you with information. What about work, recreation, family, and other more important parts of life?
This all adds up to stress or stressors that are all around us every day, day after day. How do we cope with this flood of facts, stories, questions, decisions? It will vary from person to person. You may choose to limit the time you spend online, for example I only go on Facebook a couple times a week. Or limit the sources you know to be accurate so you're not spending more time trying to figure out if what you are reading is true or false. These help me tremendously. Others find meditation or relaxation techniques helpful.
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Angela Poch, CN