Ever Have Information Overload? Here Are 3 Tips To Help
Time To Set Some Boundaries
Have you had times in your life where you had so much information being tossed your way that it feels like your brain can’t take one more thing? That’s how I feel right now.
As you know from yesterday’s blog post and the news, where I live in South Carolina is under a Hurricane Watch due to Hurricane Florence. Let me just say: this Miss Flo has a mind of her own! There have been constant updates from local news crews, meteorologists, the National Hurricane Center, Facebook, Twitter, friends and more. Should we stay or should we leave? The media telling us how devastating it is going to be. Or maybe it will just pass us by. To me, it is all information overload.
Now before I go further, I want to say this: this might not be the best example of what I wanted to write about but it’s what is happening in my world at the moment. People need to know the facts about this storm to make their own decisions for their safety and that of their families. Ok, now I can tell you how I feel.
For me, it’s just so much information being thrown at us from so many different people with so many different opinions. It’s enough to make your head spin, raise your blood pressure and make you want to just curl up under the covers wanting it all to go away. I know for me this has happened during other times of stress in my life and it can be overwhelming. And as we all know, stress can really do a number on you mentally and physically.
So how do you cope with information overload? Here are a few tips I have gleaned over the years:
-First of all, find out where it’s coming from. You have to identify where the sources are. It could be the TV news, the Internet and the biggie – Social Media. Once you have identified how it is coming in, now you can act.
-Second, get rid of it or tune it out the best you can. Pick and choose what you want to read, listen to or watch. Take charge – make the decision where your information comes from and then limit it.
-Third, get back to doing something that is normal for your life. A routine you’ve always followed or better yet, an engaging hobby or a stress free period of time where you can unwind. This will help you breathe, relax and even though there is information that you might have to act upon, you will be better equipped to make those decisions because your mind and body will be in a better state.
I’m actually following all these suggestions right now as we deal with this storm that is now sitting about 500 miles off our coast. Yesterday when I wrote my blog post, Hurricane Florence was probably just going to bring us a bit of rain with some wind. But last night that all changed. She has decided to possibly take a trip down the coast to visit us in Charleston. How nice of her! NOT! So as you can imagine, we are getting more information tossed our way than we can process. So I finally told Jeff that I’ll watch the updates at the designated times (every 3 hours at this point) but no more keeping track of every move it makes. I’m still the weather girl nerd but at this point, I need a break from all the fear and anxiety that listening and reading about this storm can produce.
As I said earlier though, this is only an example. Using my 3 steps above can help you in any situation that you find yourself in where you are getting bombarded with information, scenarios, opinions and such. Staying calm as possible helps you make better decisions.
Big Hugs Everyone!