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I’m in Information Overload! You, too?

Anyone else feel like there is just too much information coming their way?

Every single time I check my email I feel stressed!  

Daily, I see posts from colleagues on three different list servs. Many include links to articles I think I “should” read…or would actually like to read, if there were another 20 waking hours in a day.

All day long I get offers for this teleclass or that webinar—all telling me if I do not attend I will miss out, be sorry, or be left behind, or worse… never, never, ever get another client because all that I know about the internet landscape is changing and I do not know anything about the “new online blueprint”!  Today, alone, I saw these headlines in my InBox.

“Is it too late?”

“Are you coming?”

“How to get what you never had!”

“Ellen, I don’t want you to miss this opportunity!”

To be honest, I’ve been letting these headlines stress me out.  I feel so much pressure!  When I see these headlines, written by very skilled marketers, I think to myself, maybe this one webinar holds THE answer to all of my business questions, challenges, and concerns. The marketing copy says it’s so! Will I be left behind if I do not attend that 9pm webinar tonight? 

I have filled notebooks with suggestions from these freebie webinars (all hawking $1997.00 products or seminars that will REALLY give me the answers I need), but who has the time to go back and read those quickly scribbled notes? I have coaching clients to speak to, an online membership site to run, and I must find someone who has the “online blueprint” to “optmize” my website so people will find A Weigh Out.

And, in between, I’d really like a life!

Yesterday, a coaching client of mine, who shares these same feelings and self-imposed stress, said, “It’s like I see myself as a puzzle that needs to be solved. And I’m always looking for that next piece that will fix everything and make me whole.”  I so identified!  

Then, I stepped back and got mindful. I reminded myself that I am doing just fine! Why do I still so often forget that? When I continue to forget, when pressure takes over and begins to feel like that old familiar runaway train, food thoughts and emotional eating are soon to follow.

So, to today’s batch of online marketers, I say this.

It’s NOT too late! 

No, I am not coming to tonight’s webinar.

If I never had it, I probably won’t miss it.

And I’m sure if I miss THIS opportunity, there’s another one coming in the very next batch of emails.

Is the information age stressing you out, too?


Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com


  1. Linda Stepler says

    I needed to read this…. I spend sooooooooooooooooooo much time trying to “catch” every thought about emotional eating, hours in the morning reviewing journals, plans, promises, meditations, prayer, etc that I have no time left to live the life I say I want. I know those things are important but trying to read, do , write, plan, and the list goes on and on and on that I don’t spend my time living a life that is not centered around this problem. I am always chasing the magic bullet when what I need to do is practice and apply what I already have at my disposable. I need to focus on what I do know and give it time to work. Stress leads to evening emotional evening and when I have not checked off all my to do’s especially in focusing on Bingeing solutions, bingeing at night is a huge problem. Tool 25 is a good anchor that I am going to concentrate on for a few weeks.

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