When You Know Too Much For Your Own Good

As someone with two master’s degrees and an accumulation of certifications, knowledge is near and dear to my heart. However, I’m going to make the argument that there can be a point of diminishing returns when it comes to amassing knowledge. Sometimes, knowing too much actually makes us less effective. Sometimes we are too “knowledgeable” for our own good.

This is especially true in the world of health. It’s something that I see reflected back to me in my clients all day long. They are always analyzing, always calculating, always in their head.

They’re well versed on the perils of eating non-organic food...and the potential negative health effects of gluten...and the threats of irradiated fish...and the toxins lurking in bathroom cabinets. Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!

Now, I am all for cleaning up your body and your environment whenever and however you can. It’s part of my life’s work. But, people....please, let’s be reasonable.

All of this “knowledge” creates concern. Concern for yourself, concern for your family, concern for your environment. And concern most definitely creates stress.

Sometimes, it’s appropriate to research something ad nauseam (e.g., when you’re undergoing a medical procedure). Sometimes, it’s appropriate to just go with what feels right. And only you can decide where that balance falls. However, I’m here to suggest that you consider loosening the reigns a bit.

Eating organic most of the time wins you a gold star. If you find yourself stranded on a desert island with only non-organic apples available, it’s going to be okay. Just breathe.

Don’t let too much knowledge paralyze you.

Don’t overcomplicate things.

Don’t let the pursuit of health be yet another stressor - that defeats the purpose.

Sometimes, we have to get out of our head. Sometimes, we have to let go of the intense control. Sometimes, we have to do the best that we can in that moment...and that will have to be enough.

So, where are you overcrowding or over-complicating things in your life right now? And what single, small shift can you make today to change that?