Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain
Photo THIS month, many Americans will take time off from work to go on vacation, catch up on household projects and simply be with family and friends. And many of us will feel guilty for doing so. We will worry about all of the emails piling up at work, and in many cases continue to compulsively check email during our precious time off. But beware the false break. Make sure you have a real one. Every day we’re assaulted with facts, pseudofacts, news feeds and jibber-jabber, coming from all directions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there’s a reason: The processing capacity of the conscious mind is limited. This two-part attentional system is one of the crowning achievements of the human brain, and the focus it enables allowed us to harness fire, build the pyramids, discover penicillin and decode the entire human genome. But the insight that led to them probably came from the daydreaming mode. Email, too, should be done at designated times. Taking breaks is biologically restorative.
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