So true! How could it be otherwise? Multitasking is all the rage, yet if you concentrate on nothing more than what you're doing right then and there, that's all you need to think about.
Multiple studies in psychology, wellness and business have shown that focusing on many things at a time puts us in a constant state of stress and reduces productivity. Even as we think we're getting more done, we're not. The cerebral cortex can only focus on one thing at a time, and a constant change in activity actually decreases efficiency and releases more cortisol. Hello, high blood pressure and decreased immunity.
Even in times of crisis—at work or at home—a calming practice is to hyper focus on the task at hand. The famous saying "one day at a time" may even be too long a time period for most of us who are used to juggling much of the day.
So next time you feel overwhelmed, just concentrate on exactly what you're doing, even if it's "I am now walking to get a cup of coffee. And then I will drink it."
Life is made up of little tiny moments, all day long. If you can handle them one at a time, you can handle them all:)