I finally figured out why it seems like all of us are getting dementia. Yes, the 25 year- olds all the way up to the rest of us.
I cannot believe how many times in the last few years I’ve been to the doctor to get my thyroid checked, my hormones measured, gone through bottles of gingko and drank oodles of herbal tea, all to figure out why I had such bad brain fog.
If you’ve taken a class from me in the last 7 -10 years, you’re probably someone who finished my sentences for me because I couldn’t find the words.
The awareness of this nasty little culprit started to hit me in May when I went down to Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. to give a talk. I think if memory serves me correctly (and we all know it doesn’t) when I got down to Virginia, I was mentally burned out. On the plane down there, I wondered how in the world I was going to teach a workshop on psychic development because I was having a hard time putting sentences together.
As I’ve already shared in former blogs, I bought John Van Auken’s Jesus book the second day I was there and spent the next two days sleeping, reading and staring at the ocean. It’s all I could do. It’s all I wanted to do.
Something happened to me while I was down there and it’s hard to put the whole impact of it into words…………..but something healed inside. The burn out I had been feeling started to lift. That deep burn out that goes all the way to your soul where your soul is just plain weary and doesn’t want to keep going.
That burn out started to heal and I realized something very important that I’ve really worked hard at remembering since coming back from that blessed week-end.
We may have memory problems from low thryoid and out of whack hormones and too much gluten in our system but I’ve come to believe the biggest culprit of all is ……………………drum roll………………….MULTI-TASKING.
Doing three things at same time and not remembering half of it.
If I had a circle with a slash through it, it would say NO MORE MULTI-TASKING.
If you’re like me, you’re thinking that you have to multi-task in order to get through the day but I’ve realized that that’s just this false mis-conception we’ve come to believe. We don’t have to do half the things we put on our daily list. We’ve gotten used to taking on so many things and have forgotten that we can actually stop and ask ourselves how much REALLY needs to get done.
An interesting thing happened when I started to prioritize my day and put less on the list of things to get done. My memory came back. I finished my own sentences. I could remember conversations I had had the previous week and my past was no longer one big blur.
My memory certainly isn’t perfect. I don’t think it ever was (can’t remember!!) but it’s making a comeback. There are times when my friends still have to fill in the blanks for me, but it’s getting better and better as I put less stress on myself. Less expectations. And as much as I hate sounding like a cliche, I now embrace the brain fog as an indication that I’ve slipped back into my old ways and I get right back to prioritizing.
Remember the old slogan, Just Say No to Drugs? How about if our new slogan is Just Say No to Mult-tasking and Kiss Brain Fog Good-bye. Are you with me?
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