We lead such enormously full lives these days….rarely stopping to smell the roses. We are told that we do it to ourselves with trying to “fit” it all in. However discussing with friends over the past few days, we are not entirely to blame (ain’t that pleasant news!). One of the effects of living this modern life is very much out of our control to a certain extent, particularly if you happen to call home a major city. A friend who has studied psychology was sharing with me the findings of a study that was conducted just after WWII and then again in the late 70’s early 80’s. Now I don’t know how accurate these stats are but they certainly seem to make a lot of sense and are very believable.
Apparently just after WWII the average person was exposed to approx 40 new stimulus per day. When repeated 30 years later they found that number had increased to approx. 400. I don’t have an update from that but you wouldn’t have to be Einstein to realise that this number would have increased to somewhere in the 1000’s. Look at what we are exposed to on a daily basis now….email, mobile phones, tv, radio, billboards, ads on cars, ads in the sky, internet pop-ups, twitter, facebook…..the list goes on.
Is it any wonder that we are becoming overloaded, tired and stretched to capacity – feeling like we are about to short circuit. I am sure our brains were only meant to absorb and process so much. Is it any wonder that mental illness is on the increase and that our children don’t seem to have an off button.
Now, this is not likely to change anytime soon, so how do we manage it? How do we ensure that we survive with quality of life? As a women we tend to just keep piling it on….I’d like to share 2 resources that might help you to take stock and move forward with a little more control.
- www.livingsavvy.com.au – this site is full of women sharing stories of how they make small changes with big impacts. There is also a great online TV Resource full of inspiration.
- www.pampered.com.au – not sure where to go or stuck for ideas on how to take some precisou ‘me’ time, this site won’t let you down. It’s packed full of ideas to help you recharge.
Get selfish girls….’Timeout is not just disciplinary action for children 🙂
Have a happy weekend.