By Deb Hagen-Foley Multitasking is encouraged by theever-increasing number of thingsrequiring our attention. Electronicdevices have only accelerated this path. Among employees with smartphones,around 89% use them at work. While watching television, 42% browse theinternet, 28% text message or instantmessage – I know I do! If you think you can efficiently multi-task, you are probably wrong. Multi-tasking is really "task-switching," as it isnot possible to give full attention to twotasks at one time. In actuality, when wethink we are multi-tasking, we are ask-ing our brains to switch from one activ-ity to another and back again repeated-ly. Task-switching, according to theresearch, results in a loss of time as thebrain identifies which task to process.In the moments when multitasking isbeing attempted, each of the tasks may suffer from a lack of attention and,overall, the task will take longer than if they were completed sequentially rather than simultaneously. Attempting to multi-task results in anoverall drop in productivity of 40%. Multi-tasking also leads to long-termnegative effects. If attempting tomulti-task in an effort to acquire new knowledge or skills, the results are even worse. If you are able to learn whilemulti--tasking, research finds that theability to recall the new information isreduced. Mindfulness is the opposite of multi-tasking. Mindfulness refers to a state of active, open attention on the present,living in the moment. Mindfulnessmeans actively focusing your attentionon the present moment, and accepting it without judgment. Paying attention to the pres-ent is more difficult than we might think. How often are we at home and thinking about work? At work and thinking about an upcoming vacation?Focused on what happened last week or what ison the calendar for next month? Mindfulness has multiple benefits for wellbeing. As people develop an ability to be in thepresent moment, they experience less emotionalover-reactivity and improved ability to reactappropriately in any situation. Being mindfulmakes it easier to appreciate the pleasures in lifeas they occur and helps you to be engaged inactivities. Mindfulness can create a greater capacity todeal with adverse events also. People who prac-tice mindfulness report that they are less likely tobe caught worrying about thefuture or regretting the past, arenot as concerned about successand self-esteem, and are betterable to form deep connections with others.Mindfulness can improve men-tal and physical health.Psychotherapists have successful-ly treated a range of problems by incorporating mindfulness,including: depression, substanceabuse, eating disorders, and anxi-ety and obsessive compulsive dis-orders. Research has shown thatbenefits of mindfulness to physi-cal health also. Mindfulness canhelp relieve stress, treat heart dis-ease, lower blood pressure,reduce chronic pain, improvesleep and alleviate gastrointesti-nal distress.The goal of mindfulness is toachieve a state of alert, focusedrelaxation, deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensa-tions without judgment. Thereare multiple approaches to mind-fulness. A basic mindfulnessmeditation would involve sitting quietly and focusing on yourbreathing. Allow thoughts tocome and go, but do not be dis-tracted by them. Continue tofocus on breathing. Some peoplefocus on a mantra, repeating a word or phrase. Once concentra-tion is established, observethoughts, emotions and bodily sensations without judging themas good or bad. With practice,this will become easier. Developing an ability to experi-ence these thoughts and sensa-tions in a relaxed state and with-out judgment will reduce reactivity to daily has-sles as it becomes easier to observe situations andrespond in a calm, non-judgmental manner. Youcan learn mindfulness from a class or therapist. You can also develop mindfulness on your own,using the basic instructions provided above or with one of the exercises I will describe next week. Skywarn is a concept developed in the late 1960s to promotea partnership between the National Weather Service and localcommunities. The primary focus of this effort is the volunteerstorm spotter. This is an individual who reports severe weatherinformation to forecasters at the National Weather Service(NWS). These reports are a critical piece of effective and accu-rate NWS severe weather warnings. Each year in northern Michigan, the National WeatherService in Gaylord presents Skywarn Spotter Safety Coursesacross the area. The presentations are free, open to the public,and usually last about 1 1/2 hours. There is no need to pre-reg-ister for the classes. The training provides details on thingssuch as tornado development, thunderstorm hazards, severe weather safety and how to make a complete report to theNational Weather Service. After completing the training, atten-dees will be official NWS Skywarn spotters. Each person that attends is given a National Weather Servicespotter card and information on several online spotter net- works. If you are interested in learning more about severe weather and storm spotting, you are encouraged to attend oneof these presentations.To see a complete listing of upcoming talks and locations,please visit the NWS Gaylord webpage at www.weather.gov/gaylord or call the NWS Gaylord office at989-731-3384. Additional information on the spotter program may be foundatwww.crh.noaa.gov/apx/?n=faq_skywarnGrain Train Natural Foods Market will be at the Earth Week Plus Expo in Cheboygan on Saturday, April 12, totalk about Grain Train Delivers.Grain Train Natural Foods Market in Petoskey hasbeen Northern Michigan’s source for natural and organicfood for over 40 years. Now they’re delivering in a wholenew way. Once a month, "Grain Train Delivers" rolls intotown with their customers' preordered cases and a pop-up market full of organic produce, local meats, eggs,cheeses, breads, honey and maple syrup. Customerssave money by ordering cases of their favorite productsand can shop a variety of fresh foods. In 2013, Grain Train Delivers began regularly visiting Alpena and Sault Ste. Marie. The next stop is Cheboygan.To get started, GrainTrain is looking for acommunity of folks who want to buy good foodat good prices.
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