Have you ever looked up from something you’ve been intensely concentrating on and found that more time had passed than you thought? I know I have. This can pose many problems, both in your body and in your family.
Body Reaction: With me, if I’ve skipped a couple of meals, my hands will start to shake. In fact, it’s one of the things that drag my attention away from the task at hand, particularly if typing is involved. It’s kind of hard to hit the right key under those circumstances.
If this continues day in and day out, your body might get the idea that a famine has occurred, and start changing your metabolic rate. This change lowers the rate in order to preserve calories, and your budding “computer derriere” will find itself widening even though you are eating less.
Family Reaction: This is from personal experience. When I’ve been working intently on something, not only do I forget to eat, I forget to make stuff for the rest of the family to eat. This does not now, nor did it ever, go over well. It also shouldn’t go over well.
What to Do: There are several things you can do to help you remember to prepare food for you and your family. One is a timer or alarm. Our e-mail program has one in it, and I can set it to remind me both to eat and to start making dinner. Even an egg timer could help, but most of them are only good for an hour. If you want to be amused, watch what happens when it goes off unexpectedly. If I could be, I’d be clinging to the ceiling by my fingernails.
If you live alone and/or don’t have that facility, you may want to get a friend or family member to call and remind you. This will also help your relationships, as intense concentration tends to cause us to lose focus of those around us.
Remembering to eat is as important to your health as is eating the right amount of food. Your body needs it and your family needs it. If none of these suggestions work for you, look for a way that fits your needs. That will help keep you healthy, happy and able to concentrate.