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Is Multi-Tasking Good for your Brain?

Do you pride yourself on being a great multi-tasker? Can you listen to a zoom call, check your work emails, and eat your lunch all at the same time? Maybe you feel more productive by tackling more than one task at a time.

person working on computer at deskBut is this really the best approach?

We’ve long known that productivity actually increases when we focus on a singular task at a time. It makes sense – put your undivided attention to one task, complete it well, then move on to the next one. We are now beginning to understand more of the science behind why multi-tasking may not be the healthiest habit for our brain. Multi-tasking has been shown to reduce productivity by 40% (Schrager, 2016)!
Earl Miller, an MIT neuroscientist, found in 2020 that multi-tasking actually leads to an increased release of stress hormones, leading to “mental fog”. You know that time you walked into a room for something and then couldn’t remember the reason once you got there? Or you were about to say something only to completely blank on your point? This is mental fog. It happens when the brain is chronically stressed and overloaded with too many simultaneous tasks or thoughts.

Chiropractors take care of your spine and nervous system. Your brain is one part of your central nervous system – one very important, crucial part! Let’s support our brain health by tightening up our mental focus and productivity and leave multi-tasking behind.

If you have any questions about the health or alignment of your spine or that of your loved ones, Dr. Erin McLaughlin and Dr. Pierre Paradis are here to help. If you live or work in Kanata and the surrounding area, contact us today or give us a call at (613) 831-9665.


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