"Infobesity" - How working moms can tame information overload
I ran across this Q&A to Dr. Oz.:
A 38-year-old working mom of three is completely overwhelmed and trying to figure out how to juggle everything. She's worried she might already be getting Alzheimer's because she's starting to forget things. I can totally relate! I am 42, work full time and have two small kids.
Dr. Oz referred to her problem as "infobesity," which is a term Alvin Toffler coined way back in 1970! Hard to believe he thought things were stressful then, before Internet, cell phones, access to 1,000 TV channels, etc.
Although I've heard most of Dr. Oz's advice before, I can attest that most of it has worked for me when I've applied it, especially:
1. Adding "me" time to my schedule. When I get together with my girlfriends, get a massage or go to a movie, I feel like a new person - if only for a day.
2. Exercise - even if it's only for 30 minutes. He also recommends meditating for 10 minutes a day. On the days I find time to exercise, I feel much better.
3. Answer the phone only when you want to. This is a HARD one - especially for working women and caretakers!
4. Turn off the TV. This is an easy one for me. I only watch a couple hours a week. I have a harder time not reading the news online!
5. Write a to-do list of priorities and ask for help with the rest. I just got my family involved in more of the chores and now it's second nature to them. What took me so long!
If you really think you're showing signs of dementia, get a cognitive skills assessment. A one-on-one brain training center can measure your memory skills and tell you if there's a legit problem and if there is, how to strengthen your memory skills to fight off age-related cognitive decline.
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