5 tips to help with digital overload

Did you know the average American adult now spends 8 1/2 hours a day staring into screens? We spend more time using media devices such as TVs, computers, cell phones and iPods than doing anything else.

Yesterday, I pointed to a story on NPR about how our modern technology is affecting our brains and hindering our ability to stay focus. Today, I want to share with you things you can do to minimize technology’s impact on your brain.

1. Unplugged from the Net

To prevent digitial overload, you just need to unplug yourself from the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, emails, etc. You should not feel that you need to always be connected 24/7. If we are open to information 24 hours a day, we give our brains no time to relax, to change modes, to have fun.

2. Reduce your information intake

There is no way we can consume all the information that is out there. If you focus on what you need rather than what others think you want, you may be surprised at how much you can cut out of your online time.

3. Get out and enjoy life

We are constantly glued to our computer, smartphone or TV screens. We need to get out and enjoy some social interaction with other people. Get out and get a life!

4. Practice meditation

Meditation can strengthen connections in certain areas of the brain. Research suggest meditation preserves various regions of the brain. It will also help us to develop our focus and concentration skills that can be lost as a result of digital overload.

5. Get some exercise

One study found that adults who were more physically fit tended to have greater memory than those who are less fit. Physical exercise helps maintain good blood flow to the brain and encourage growth of new brain cells. Also exercise just makes you feel good!