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How Multitasking Hurts Mental Health. Try This Instead

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Studies find that multitasking hurts mental health. Discover how and find 3 ways to stop multitasking and improve your mental health on HealthyPlace.

How Multitasking Hurts Mental Health. Try This Instead

How can something that seems like a good idea hurt our mental health? Many of us multitask and feel good about it; we feel efficient and productive and capable. Yet the agitation and stress we often feel are our brain’s way of telling us that we don’t need to multitask, and we need to stop it altogether.

Studies find that multitasking hurts mental health. Trying to focus on multiple tasks at once can cause:

You can stop multitasking to improve your mental health. Try these three ideas:

  • Set shift. Described by Dr. Paul Hammerness and Margaret in their book Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life, set shifting is ending one task and intentionally shifting gears, placing your full attention on your next task.
  • Mindfulness. Mindfulness involves being present. Fully attending to a single task is the opposite of multitasking.
  • Recharge. Mindfully engaging in a hobby or something else enjoyable helps the brain become still, focused, and rested.

Our brain performs much better and happier when it focuses on one thing at a time. Shift from multitasking to mindful attentiveness and see what it does for your mental health.

References

Kubu, C. & Machado, A. (2017). Why multitasking is bad for you. Time. Retrieved June 2019 from https://time.com/4737286/multitasking-mental-health-stress-texting-depression/

Skerrett, P.J. (2012). Multitasking: A medical and mental hazard. Harvard Health Publishing: Harvard Health Blog. Retrieved June 2019 from https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/multitasking-a-medical-and-mental-hazard-201201074063

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, June 18). How Multitasking Hurts Mental Health. Try This Instead, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, October 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/how-multitasking-hurts-mental-health-try-this-instead

Last Updated: June 19, 2019
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