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We live in a society that is characterized as fast-paced and highly technologically-based. We have access to everything immediately. As a child growing up in the 80’s, I never imagined a world that would be so busy and complicated. We rely on phones for everything! I never dreamed of a world where our phones would run our lives. Our phones tell us the time, the news and has become our primary source of communication.

As technology continues to evolve, we, as a society evolved as well.

We have become a society that is “me” focused. Technology is here to assist us but has taken us away from true social interaction such as face-to-face conversations with our loved ones and friends. Instead, it’s easier to text someone rather than to call them. I know that I’ve seen this (I’m sure you have as well) where you have been at dinner and see a family texting or interacting more with their phones than with each other. Sadly, this is now the norm.

How can we get back to basics and connect with each other?

Well, it starts with us taking time and turning it off. What would happen if we turned off our phones each day even for a few minutes to reconnect with ourselves and others. Yes, it’s hard to imagine not having your phone available (even my phone is next to me now) to access every single second, but for us to be in “the here and now” and to have the human connections we were designed to have, we must say no to technology and schedule time to reconnect with nature, people and just ourselves.

So, go to the beach, the park or garden. Have a day in which you take a break from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter and replace those social media interactions with real ones. Spend time with your loved ones chatting about life. It’s important that we allow our brains and bodies to rest from the inundation of technology. We have the power to control this. Why not start now?

Happy resting!

Kimberley Rodriguez LMFT, CAP

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