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Save Time for Your Mental Health

Updated on November 1, 2011

Do time saving-devices rob us of our memory? In this day of automatic washers, self-defrosting refrigerators, dishwashers, and pre-packaged meals, why do women feel more exhausted and forgetful than ever?

As expert multi-taskers we simultaneously wash dishes, dry clothes, make dinner and talk on the phone after working all day. Multi-tasking carries over to life on the run, too. Whether out for a jog or in our car, we listen to instructional CD’s, music, and even entertain children with a movie. It keeps them quiet.

Quiet Thinking Time

Ahhh, quiet. Herein lies the problem. Today’s women tend to fill every moment. The next thing on our “to do list” gobbles up time saved by letting the dishwasher take care of the dishes. What happened to quiet thinking time? And why does housework fall behind, if we’ve saved all this time? We wonder why we feel frazzled, overwhelmed and become forgetful.

As much as we didn’t like washing dishes at the sink, it afforded time for our minds to ponder the day’s activities, problems and even dare to dream. Before automatic washers, washing, rinsing and hanging laundry provided time to think. Those quiet times refreshed the mind. Now, without time to slow down and think, we attempt to absorb a bombardment of information, keep lists, and never give our brains downtime. Do, do, do, busyness equals success. Right? Depends on your definition of success.

Effects of Lost Sleep

When we fall into bed dog-tired at the end of the day, we get a few hours sleep and then the brain kicks in. Why do we have so much on our mind? It’s robbing us of our sleep! Like powerful computers, our brains assimilate information. The continuous flow of input fills our heads, but what about mental maintenance? When do we make time to defrag all those bits and pieces of information? You know, time to sort things out.

With no downtime, our musings skip from subject to subject like stepping stones to confusion. It’s exhausting! Instead of exercising our minds, we’ve scattered them. Scatterbrained! No wonder forgetfulness lurks at the threshold of our cogitation. We’ve broken our thoughts into little disjointed pieces and are bound to lose a few.

What's the answer?

Meditation and Time to Reflect

Stave off memory-clogging effects with meditation. Reflective time relaxes the mind and body. Devoting time for contemplation works as an antidote to time-induced stress. Turn off the television and read a book. Learn to play the musical instrument you wanted to play as a child, or just take 15 minutes to sit on the porch and do nothing except listen to the birds.


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    • Donna Sundblad profile image

      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Kathy. No TV is a touch one, but just think...once upon a time when there was no TV people had more time to think for themselves. :)

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      KathyH 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      One thing we have done since we moved to Las Vegas, is to NOT have TV! I know it sounds strange... but we don't have either cable or satellite, so the only time we watch tv is if we put a DVD on, or we watch select things online. I have noticed that I have a lot more creativity and inspiration when I am not being "bombarded" all day by constant chatter and commercials. This is not for everyone... it takes a while to get used to, but I think it's worth it! :) :) Voted "up" and useful! :)

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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Donna. With so much to do, we often feel guilty if we take a break. We need downtime to help us think through things! Appreciate your reading and taking the time to comment!

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      Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

      Great hub and advice! It's so hard to remember to take a few minutes to recharge your batteries:)