I just recently returned from vacation, which was great while I was there. After I returned though, I have had a revelation about the human brain (or mine at least!) Before going on vacation, my life was full of stress, with LOTS of different categories of issues, many areas of responsibilities. The great thing about vacation is that you get to put some of those responsibilities on hold, and reduce the number of things you need to concern yourself with.
Now, think of a computer system. (Ok, I am not a huge techie, so this is not going to be all the correct terminology) If you are like me, when you are surfing the internet, or working on projects, whether it is for pleasure, work or a combination of the two, you have multiple windows open. Many times, I might have 20 or more windows open, and the more that you have open, typically the slower the computer runs. If you are downloading something on youtube everything else almost comes to a stop. And… if you keep pushing the issue, you know what happens, if freezes up. It says “I can’t handle everything you are asking of me” and requires a reboot. After a reboot, typically you are fine, as long as you don’t go right back to the same scenario. And usually we won’t. We’ll limit our pages open, so as not to overload and be required to do a reboot again. I mean, having to do a reboot is SO inefficient! You lose the time while you are waiting for your computer to restart. Ahh, but eventually, we get cocky, we get carried away and before you know it, there are 20 pages open again, and everything is dragging and then… freezes. Many of us will continue to do this to our computers over and over.
For those who need a little computer lesson, the hard drive is where your files are stored, but your memory (RAM) is where the programs and the things you are currently working on are operating. Your computer is limited by the amount of RAM you have installed. Cool thing is, though, you can buy more memory and upgrade. Eventually that may be required so we can handle more tasks at a time.
Well, the human brain is a lot like a computer. Before vacation, I had WAYYY too many things in the forefront of my mind. I had my job, which is a lot of stress and responsibility (I typically work 80+ hours a week) I had my teenage and young adult kids (one who’s GF is expecting my 7th grandchild in September), I had the dog, I had the house, I had the mentally challenged adult family member that I am working to get guardianship of, I had the pressure of needing to exercise, to eat right, of wanting to blog, and wanting to create my latest entrepreneurial venture, I had the husband I wanted to please and make happy, in lots of different ways. I had the people who I support in my job (700+), who are great, but look to me for guidance and support. I had the bills that needed paying, I had the church ministry I feel called to work with and develop. Needless to say, I had TOO many windows open at one time! I felt like my mind had slowed to a crawl, and on the verge of freezing up. I don’t think I want to experience the brain locking down and needing a reboot, lol!
Have you ever experienced this in your life, being on overload? How did you deal with it? Be sure to look for my follow-up post to see what I did to start solving the situation!
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