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Brain Drain

Friday, July 26, 2013

When I came home from work yesterday I kept feeling, "My brain is tired."
It was functioning just fine to make decisions and remember for everyday life, but I really felt unable to contemplate higher issues. Apparently I go through life trying to analyze and find meaning.........to learn what I can as I go. My brain felt unable to do that. And I gotta say,
it was kind of a relief.

So I thought.........man, am I getting old or what? I mean, I only worked 4 hours. True,
I had to do a lot of communicating, research, & analyzing during that 4 hours. It was a mental work-out and I had not had any breaks. True, when I got home i was starving and my husband was waiting at the door with his conversation and agenda. Eventually food, water, physical activity, sunshine helped restore my body. But my brain (yes, I know, part of my body) was still blissfully existing in a calm state.

As I gave it further thought (apparently all the cells were not sedated) I realized.........it had actually been almost 7 straight hours of mental effort when you count the fact that I was up at 5:00 AM and had been enthusiastically Sparking for 2 1/2 hours prior to going to work!
I guess 7 straight hours of relatively intense mental effort wears a girl out!

Did I mention I was 63 years of age? I guess it is important to pace ourselves mentally as well as physically. Of course, I had to research this on the internet. There was an article in particular that supported some of the things that I had begun to realize (if you think we can learn anything from rats).

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    We all suffer from information overload. Thanks for the article. I will look at it.

    Done with the article... Chocolate is good!
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    Comment edited on: 7/26/2013 5:26:52 PM
    My work involves constant mental effort and now I know why we like to have our lollies on the shared table. And why I have been feeling so drained at work lately as I have been on a stringent food routine.
    1674 days ago
    AH! Now I know why I (er, my brain) needs chocolate so often! :)
    1674 days ago
    Thanks for the link. It was an interesting article. Thinking too much drains glucose from the brain.

    This reinforces my idea of having bagels, cream cheese, and muffins in my classroom for my students when they are taking their final exam.

    Of course, they don't lose as much glucose as we OLD folks do. (I'm 68!)

    This might explain why I always feel like eating when I'm grading those final exams! LOL

    1674 days ago
    Here's to pacing ourselves - kind of like everything in moderation? emoticon
    1674 days ago
    Hey, I think you are doing amazing! By the way, your job sounds fantastic...
    1674 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
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