How Multitasking Impacts Our Brains

multitasking and mindfulness practiceWe’re Not Really Multitaskers After All

While conventional wisdom teaches us that multitasking makes us more efficient, research suggests that we’re incapable of efficiently managing more than two tasks at a time. Rather, we’re just shifting our attention rapidly from one thing to the next, which can have a detrimental impact on our brain. Think about it, it’s pretty difficult to talk on the phone and write emails at the same time. If you’re currently surfing, not working, take a break from what you’re doing to look at this infographic on how multitasking induced stress impacts our brains.

Here Are Some of The Findings:

  • Our daily consumption of media has more than doubled in the last 50 years from 5 hours to 12 hours.
  • The average computer user checks 40 websites a day, switching between programs 36 times an hour.
  • 61% of adults admit to being addicted to the internet.
  • Excessive internet use may lead to the atrophy of grey matter and impact memory, goal-setting, and decision making.
  • When our brains are overloaded with information, it can trigger a flight or fight reaction – this is your body’s natural response to stress and we all know about the detrimental impact of stress on our physical and emotional health.
  • When the flight or fight response kicks in, we experience an “emotional highjacking”, our rational brain is nowhere to be found (pre-frontal cortex). The pre-frontal cortex is also the empathy center of our brain. So, imagine the impact of multitasking on our stress response and what that means for connection and relationships with others, especially at work where much of the multitasking is occurring?
  • Mindfulness practice has been shown to be one of the best practices to soothe the brain, create new neural pathways, and increase gray matter. See suggestions below for CD’s you can use to start stress-proofing your brain with mindfulness practice.


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Digital Stress and Your Brain


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Recommended CD’s for Mindfulness Practices:


stress proof your brainStress-Proof Your Brain: Meditations to Rewire Neural Pathways for Stress Relief and Unconditional Happiness

Our brains have evolved powerful tools for coping with threats and danger-but in the face of modern stresses like information overload, money worries, and interpersonal conflicts, our survival reflexes can do more harm than good. Learn research-based techniques and meditations that will literally re-shape your brain to make your more resilient, confident, and peaceful.


stress managementMeditations to Change Your Brain

The structure of your brain changes constantly, in a dynamic, unfolding process that you yourself can direct to create the life you want. Drawing on a vast body of research spanning more than 30 years, Meditations to Change Your Brain collects the best meditative and contemplative practices to help anyone increase their capacity for joy, love, and spiritual bliss.

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Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
Rachel’s passion is to help people discover their personal gifts and strengths to achieve self-acceptance, create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, and find meaning and fulfillment in work and life roles. She helps people create nurturance and healing from within to restore balance and enoughness and overcome binge eating, emotional eating, anxiety, depression and lack of career fulfillment.

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