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Have you ever wondered why you feel kind of tired after surfing the newsfeed or watching TV despite that you’re not really doing anything? After all, shouldn’t that rejuvenate you?
Your brain receives over 11 million inputs per second. It can only process about 40 of them. Which means, your brain has to constantly use energy making a decision on what to actually process and pass on to your conscious brain. The rest gets filed away in your subconscious brain (which is why limiting input that’s negative is so crucial).
The amount of input we are exposed to is increasing. Social media, streaming videos, games, non-stop 24/7/365 access to pretty much anything you want to learn, watch or read.
Shortly speaking, people today are exhausted and overwhelmed much due to the insane amount of input we are exposing our brain to. Your brain is dealing with something called decision-fatigue.
Instead of kicking up our feet up and day-dreaming in silence we spend hours surfing the internet, watching TV and video’s, listening to music, podcasts, browsing the newsfeed of social media and the list goes on. We’re always doing something! Even when we’re taking a “break” to relax. Because not doing something is seen as lazy.
At the same time your brain has become addicted to dopamine hits putting you in a “addicted to more input” situation making you spin in a cycle of craving more input.
It’s time to change all that.
You can’t be creative, focused and gain balance in your life if you are always doing something.
Your brain needs quiet space so that it can provide you with answers, ideas, creative solutions and much more. That’s why walks in nature, going camping and just being quiet in silence day-dreaming under a tree in a park and practicing meditation are essential to life.
You all know how rejuvenating it is taking a break doing nothing and how beneficial it is. If you’re struggling with the feeling that doing nothing is equal to being lazy think of ‘do nothing’ breaks as a productivity boosters. Think of them as essential to your well-being. Re-train your brain’s addiction to dopamine hits.
Changing a habit is not done overnight. It takes time. It’s a process but I hope by understanding a bit more on how your brain reacts to input you become more aware of how it affects you and your life. When we become aware we can choose to change things.