Re-balance the Changing Seasons

BY KIMBERLY CARROLL, MA, LPCC, LADC

I gardened again this summer and fall. As we reached the end of September, our temperatures have rapidly dropped and it was this week that we largely lost most of the vegetables and fruits to the freezing temperatures. Cold temperatures may be killing the majority of crops, but winter is only a matter of perspective.

We brought in the rest of the hull of tomatoes, and also a few plants we hoped could be saved. Our vegetables we let overgrow for seed, can now be harvested; seeds can be taken out and dried; and the last of the lettuce and kale are still hanging on out there. There is still work to be done yet. There are sauces to be made and enjoyed. Plans to be followed up. One thing is inevitable now, the seasons are changing.

It is in this weather that I see on our social media that people are beginning to show discomfort and loneliness, fearing the darkness of the winter that comes here to Minnesota quickly. Our cloud coverage can be admittedly daunting in the weeks ahead. It is the changing of the seasons again where I find it to be a good time to take hold of a new hobby, versus closing doors off from the chilly winds. Find hope and engagement versus what appears to be the easier thing to do,… hiding in a cozy blanket alone and away from the winds. This coming season, it is time to ask yourself, what are you doing today to prepare for the best you in the months ahead? How many winter seasons have you stayed the same, and gotten a similar outcome? Are you doing enough; and could you get outside your comfort zone this season? Winters are some of our best times to gather, when the world is less busy, we have time to assemble, eat with our friends, learn small trades tell stories and laugh, the things that can bring us closer to humanity, and the thing that can drive away depression in the cold, icy months. It’s time for a seasonal resolution with the changing of seasons and to a make a mindful choice this year to make this winter different. If you take Vitamin D and K supplements, now is the time to begin again (after consulting with a physician of course), and get to signing up, reaching out or doing what you have put off.

       GARDENING AS A METAPHOR FOR LIFE   BY KIMBERLY CARROLL, MA, LPC, LADC  There is something simple and wonderful about a garden, where at the end of the day, we know that there was success when the vegetables are growing and are plentiful. We often forget how this happened and so automatically move into remembering the wonders of the harvest, forgetting the efforts that led to the success.   Gardens begin with nicely tilled soil, perhaps efforts to make mounds for certain plants, fencing for the beans to climb or a trellis for the tomatoes and identifying what grows well together. It involves carefully reading the instructions and following them for proper planting and conditions. Inevitably, we then plant the seeds, the dreams we are hoping will promise something amazing in the foreseeable amount of days the packaging tells us.  Next comes the watering and continual tending. The pulling of weeds is important, because if we do not pull the weeds, they will take over our intended plants. We can continually hoe the garden or throw down mulch, two ways of continual prevention. Weeds, if left, will take out the nutrients that our garden plants so desperately need, they will cover our plants, shrouding them, making them difficult to find. Such is with our lives. Life takes continual removal of the negative things, or else they will take over our positive efforts (of dreams and eventual harvest). How often do you recognize your weeds from your intented plants and do you take the extra effort to manage them? It is when our weeds get to growing and ignored our lives start becoming unmanagable. Can you identify your weeds? In order to relish our harvest we must put effort into the present and perservere.  What helps to manage our gardens? Well, it does help to remember that the harvest will come and the seed that was planted (the dream). Sow your seeds for the season and put in the efforts. If we don't have any dreams, then what are we really chasing in life? Are we then just treading the soil, walking over the weeds and hoping for the best? I challenge you to choose your seeds, plant them fearlessly and tend to your garden daily.  As a side note, real-life gardening can be just as positive, and a fun summertime activity that promotes good health. You get loads of Vitamin D (our body's become deprived of this in the winter months), a boost of healthy hormones including serotonin, light impact exercise and stretching of muscles, and of course, with the efforts put in, improved diet. For recovery, it provides doing something different, and needs continual time contribution that must be sustained throughout the warm season. If you need somewhere healthy to go, your garden will always need some form of tending. Overall, gardening may improve your overall mental and physical health. Happy gardening!

GARDENING AS A METAPHOR FOR LIFE 

By Kimberly Carroll, MA, LPC, LADC

There is something simple and wonderful about a garden, where at the end of the day, we know there was success when the vegetables are growing and are plentiful. We often forget how this happened and so automatically move into remembering the wonders of the harvest, forgetting the efforts that led to the success. 

       SIGNS YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM COUNSELING   BY KIMBERLY CARROLL, MA, LPC, LADC  It is nice that in the world today people can walk into any mental health counseling office and not feel the stigma that once existed. Going to counseling today does not mean that something is wrong with you, but just that you have decided to move forward in a more effective way and you have sought help in doing so. So when is the right time to seek services? Honestly, I don't think there's any "best time" but some times may be more noticeable than others. However, other times it is only in retrospect that you look back in life and say, "Wow, if I had not gotten help when I did who knows where I would be today?"   So I compiled this numbered list to avoid a long narrative. Here are some signs that you may benefit from counseling beyond the giant milestone, red flags-waving life events:  1.     You're involved in behaviors that you may struggle to agree with; like an internal battle in your brain, but it feels like there is no winning anytime soon.   2.     You find that your behaviors do not align with the person you wish to be. (I know doingthis isn't helping me, but it’s not like I can just stop it.)  3.     You're not able to quit or manage unhelpful thoughts or behaviors on your own despite your efforts.  4.     Your money or time is becoming devoted to something that may not actually be supporting you or bringing you actual happiness; it may rather be keeping you from paying bills or meeting other obligations.  5.     Important areas of your life such as work, housing or home upkeep, paying bills, time spent with your family and employment etc. are taking a hit due to your thinking patterns, emotions, or behaviors such as with addictions.  6.     You are stuck in unhelpful thinking patterns, behaviors or remain stuck in emotional ruts despite trying something new, things keep going back to the way it was.  7.     You keep finding yourself using substances or engaging in other addictions such as over eating, under eating over working or over exercising as a way to manage or control symptoms.  8.     You have found yourself isolating or avoiding people or places and engaging in less recreational or social activity.  9.     You have actually thought to yourself that maybe you should try counseling or perhaps you're not sure what to do but you know something needs to change.  10.  You need some help and wish to find direction to live a more satisfying life. (but remember though, it is not the therapist's job to decide what you should be doing, but they may provide you with some experiments and activities to help you begin deciding that!)  11.  Short-term reasons that may include life adjustments due to life transitions, job loss, new life roles or taking on caregiver roles, etc, that may cause some short-term distress,  12.  Struggling to fully resolve grief or psychological losses.  13.  When you begin avoiding things in life due to past events; essentially, to avoid people, places, sounds, feelings that may bring back painful memories, but ultimately, may largely impact one's ability to enjoy life.  14.   Despite trying something new, things keep going back to the way it was.  15.  You keep finding yourself using substances or engaging in other addictions such as over eating, under eating over working or over exercising as a way to manage or control symptoms.  16.  You have found yourself isolating or avoiding people or places and engaging in less recreational or social activity.  17.  You have actually thought to yourself that maybe you should try counseling or perhaps you're not sure what to do but you know something needs to change.  18.  You need some help and wish to find direction to live a more satisfying life. (but remember though, it is not the therapist's job to decide what you should be doing, but they may provide you with some experiments and activities to help you begin deciding that!) Therapy can give you some initial steps for considering what you value and how to keep yourself on track in going in that direction.  19.  Short-term reasons that may include life adjustments due to life transitions, job loss, new life roles or taking on caregiver roles.  20. You have known for a while that you just NEED to change, and YOU are ready for it, but wonder where to begin. Counseling can give you that added help to start understanding what you really want and where to start.

SIGNS YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM COUNSELING

It is nice that in the world today people can walk into any mental health counseling office and not feel the stigma that once existed. Going to counseling today does not mean that something is wrong with you, but just that you have decided to move forward in a more effective way and you have sought help in doing so. So when is the right time to seek services? Read on to see some of the signs that you may benefit from counseling beyond the giant milestone, red flags-waving life events.

      10 TIPS TO SEND TO SOMEONE WHO IS INCARCERATED  (PRINT IT. MAIL IT. EASY.)  BY KIMBERLY CARROLL, MA, LPC, LADC   1.      A CALENDAR TO PLAN.  First things first, you are about to become extremely busy so take a deep breath, let it out and try to relax. Grab some paper and get ready to start scheduling. Although release can feel very overwhelming, you may start by drawing out a calendar. Yes, you know, that booklet of at least 12 pages with that grid and numbers on it.  You don't have just be some CEO or your Grandmother to enjoy the uses of a calendar. (And really, they are on to something!) For your needs, perhaps you can even grab one with awe-inspiring pictures. If you were the lucky person who received this in prison or jail, I want you to begin planning each hour of first 72 hours out to the best of your ability. Ask your caseworker if you need some help. So, draw out a small grid. I talk more about this in your next tip.  If you just arrived home, you could print a calendar from the internet, or buy one from a dollar store. Getting it right on day one goes a very long ways.    2.      PLAN, PLAN, PLAN YOUR FIRST DAY OF RELEASE  prior to leaving jail or prison. Who will pick you up? Where will you go next? Will this person be sober? Do you have a place to stay? Many people who are about to be released from incarceration may be able to answer one of these questions but may not be able to answer all of them. Another difficulty is to actually follow through with one's plan if they actually have one. Most probation officers or parole supervisors expect clients to meet them the day of release. If you are on ISR, you may have some strict conditions to adhere to, make sure you take notes and know them. A good way to thoroughly plan your day and follow through with it, is to schedule you’re your entire first 24 hours hour by hour. Prior to release, one can make phone calls if they have money, and ask a supporting person questions about getting a ride and housing. Often times people assume that someone will be able to pick them up or that they can stay at their home, but without actually asking these questions one is only assuming the answers are yes then, when they are released and things don't work out how they assumed it should they are left trying to come up with a quick answer and is those answers that often lead them back into trouble. Talk and ask these questions, collect a bus ticket if you need to, or find someone else who can give you a safe ride to a safe sober location. Flying day to day may have gotten you here, you need to start doing something different. It's called planning. Your first, really big step to awesome changes.    3.      PLAN TO FOLLOW EVERY. LAST. RECOMMENDATION.  Did the court state any recommendations for you? Scheduling your chemical dependency or mental health appointments prior to release can help you get in quickly and appease your probation officer or parole supervisor. Due to long wait times that can incur during busy times, you could be put on a waitlist for the services which would delay you getting into services in a timely fashion. This delay can also lead to lower motivation for getting into services at all. So schedule your appointment while you're still incarcerated or even try to seek the services while you're in jail or prison so that you can walk out and be engaged almost immediately. This could even be part of your “first day out” plan.    4.      REACH OUT  to at least one healthy person your first day. If you were incarcerated and previously struggling with chemical dependency issues, stopping by a SMART Recovery meeting, an AA or NA meeting could be helpful in meeting with peers who can help keep you motivated and accountable. Exchange numbers with at least one healthy support and don't be afraid to ask for help. If you do not have internet access but have phone access, many community action organizations and chemical dependency treatment sites have lists of meetings or resources that may be able to help put you in the right direction. Don't have any concerns with chemical dependency? Then find a walk-in clinic or a mental health clinic that you can begin setting up short term services to help you adjust and begin finding helpful people and direct you toward community resources.    5.      FILL YOUR DAY.  Have a plan for how you wish to begin spending your time. Often times having a large amount of time with nothing to do can lead people back into old habits. So perhaps part of this will be to begin looking for work. Find your local workforce or even a temp staffing agency to begin helping you. If you previously had employment you may consider finding a new employment site if your coworkers also struggled with chemical dependency or other criminal activity and could lead you back down the same path.    6.      GET TO KNOW YOUR LIBRARY.  Go to your local library as soon as you can and sign up for library card. The library can be an invaluable resource to print things, research and to ask questions. It is also a place that may need, to be your safe hang out place to spend your time during your initial day out.    7.      MAKE YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY.  If your insurance has been dropped due to incarceration perhaps your first day should also include going to sign up for insurance. Upon release you may even ask jailers or your caseworker where to go to sign up for health insurance again. Next, if you have any health or dental concerns, call around and schedule your dental or medical appointments as soon as you are insured, or if you can find a sliding scale clinic to assist you. Plan with those around you or by using public transportation as to how you'll make it to those appointments.    8.      EATING AND SLEEPING.  Make your health a priority some more. Let's face it prison and jail food are not meant to increase your nutrition level and help your body transition into being healthy. Now, I'm well aware that getting back into the swing of life will take time, emotionally, for your digestive system and your ability to sleep well, but this is your aim, your long-term goal. If you previously used substances, your body depleted of many of the important minerals and vitamins that it needs to function at its top level. So instead of hitting up lots of McDonald's, set your sights on some healthier meals. Remember, a lack of moderation leads to habits that can be difficult to break. Having trouble locating a meal at all? Most towns have at least one soup kitchen or church that serves a free meal a day, and likely, a fairly balanced one. There you may also meet a lot of helpful people so don't be afraid to check it out. Make sure you go to bed at reasonable hours and get good sleep, And make sure to at least do some exercise every day to help build your brains natural chemicals that relate to happiness and may also help establish your sleep/wake schedule.     9. ACT AND BE THE PART.    You don't want to do this again? Remember that old saying, "guilty by association", well, this is often the perspective of many. So, you may need to begin grieving the losses of the friends who may or may not have visited or wrote you, essentially plan to not go back to them. Change your number, don't show up at their homes, thank them when they arrive for caring about your well-being, and with some class, send them on their way, because caring about your well-being means they will understand when you tell them that they do not fit in to your outline of a healthy, law-abiding person. Don't give out your new number; and don't feel bad about leaving them with a simple phrase of, "Alright. Take care then." There is absolutely nothing more that really needs to be said. Remember that when you begin to feel guilty, that this is also a time when you may not be putting you and your sobriety or crime-free life first. Surround yourself with positive support that also look and act the part. Dress the role of a person who is not hang affiliated. Consider your clothing choice. Don't get new gang tattoos, and consider getting existing ones covered or if on the neck, face, arms and hands- removed. There are scholarships for free removal, given they qualify. It is really worth considering and really a large step toward substantial behavioral change. Although your tattoos may remind you where you've been, it will make an even larger impact on those around you.     10.     FOLLOW THROUGH.    Follow through with all the things by writing them on your schedule and actually completing them. It is one thing to schedule an appointment, but it is another thing entirely to make all your appointments. Part of doing things in a more responsible, different way, includes phoning at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Sometimes emergencies happen, but if it is not and you are skipping out, it's just flat out rude and takes away from precious clinical time for the clinician and others who may desperately need a time slot. If you must reschedule an appointment make sure that is not just because your motivation is low, but that you have a valid reason that includes having gone through many problem-solving ideas to attempt to make that appointment. If it feels like an excuse you made before, check yourself. Carry this list with you in your wallet or pocket if it may help you to remember these tips for success. Remember success takes a bit of effort, and you can also be your own largest barrier to success. So, keep the hope and want your success! I sincerely wish you all the best.    All information is written not as professional advice, but for the sharing of information, opinions, research and educational purposes. All materials are copyright of Kimberly Carroll; please reflect this in some capacity when sharing. This blog and others can be found at greatnorthcounseling.com.

10 TIPS TO SEND TO SOMEONE WHO IS INCARCERATED

Are you a professional who has clients in jail or prison, or is a person you care about currently incarcerated? You may be wondering how can you better help someone in prison or jail? How can they do it different and get it right this time? Encountering a re-entry date can be scary, for many because of all the changes on the outside that may have happened and all of the emotional changes that have occurred, positive and negative while incarcerated. Here are the tips you are looking for, straight forward and easy. Reach out, and pass this free blog along! Make a difference prior to their re-entry and release. Copy, print and send it off now!

9 Ways To Help Your Loved One Be Successful in Re-entry (Psst! PASS IT ON!)

Do you have a loved one who is currently incarcerated or will be going to jail or prison? It is easy to feel discouraged or helpless, but here are some tips that you can begin thinking about ahead of time! Help make this time count! You may be wondering what you can do to help your loved one who is behind bars. Check out these 9 ways you can help their release and re-entry be more successful.

       10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Day   BY KIMBERLY CARROLL, MA, LPC, LADC      November 5, 2016     1.       Good sleep!    Start on a good note by getting proper rest the night before. Got kids? Your planning may need to be more strategic. Where the National Sleep Foundation still recommends young adults up to older adults still need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, you may have to figure out your best way to accomplish this and your tasks in a way that works best with little Jimmy’s sleep patterns; if you are a night-owl maybe this means scheduling a single specific task and allotted time frame after your kiddo falls into dreamland, before you kill the lights and do the same. If you are a morning person, maybe this means getting your darling into bed a little sooner and then waking up a little earlier yourself.     2.       Schedule proper, healthy meals.    When I say proper, coffee doesn’t count as a healthy meal, despite how delightful it can be, no matter how much you would like to believe it comes from a bean and you add dairy product and sugars to it! If this is you, don’t forget to add something on the side. Quick meals from the leftovers in the fridge could be a way to tackle this. Still struggling? Keep a loaf of bread (or package out a few slices in sandwich bags) and keep them in your car or desk along with a jar of peanut butter, and a butter knife. It is quick in a pinch, but still allows you to nurture your body. Apples and oranges can also be great, long-lasting fruits for those busy days. Want something warm and low-cost? Try leaving some microwavable soups in your car or office; even for the frequent traveler, gas stations are kind enough to loan their microwave to the passing civilian.     3.       A little exercise.    Okay, on the note of busy schedules, everyone has at least 5 minutes to step out and take a stroll or could complete a 5 minute workout of their choice, physical abilities, allowing. What about doing Warrior Pose on your elevator ride or a power stance? Not only is exercise and these things good for your body, flexibility and muscle toning, but it is actually wonderful for the brain. Feeling stressed, down, anxious? Leave it at the doorway, even if you need to say this to yourself and get to moving out of those emotions.     4.       Set a      few      goals.    A few is my way of saying, “let’s be realistic” because goal lists could go on and on. So which one’s should you do now? Well let’s start with one year from today. What would you like this to look like? Then, six months from today, three months from today and this week.You will start to notice that these chain together and you could actually schedule in 2 items per week starting now, to reach your longer term goals. Put them on a checklist and cross them off when you have completed them. Ohh, doesn’t scribbling those suckers out feel rewarding! “Gone and done! I freaking rock!”. Yes, you got this!     5.       Identify your priorities to gain accomplishment.    Ever work really, really hard and still feel like the day sucked? Yep, well what if you chose one thing in each of your busy days and added it to your to-do list, something you find meaningful and can prioritize a certain amount of time to. Give it some focus and attention. Being accomplished is an internalized thing; you could complete everything your boss said, but if you know there are other priorities that would make your life easier or better, make a point to do it. At the end of the day, you are still the person who must walk away and decide whether the day was worth it. For some people this may be a 5 minute long conversation with a valued customer, problem-solving an issue you know a lot about or completing a task you are invested in. Need more time with your kids and family? Schedule a family walk, and outing or put all the electronics away and add these into your daily goals.     6.       Make Time for Yourself.    While family is often our top priority, the old saying goes that you cannot pour from an empty cup, so give yourself 10 minutes to take that walk down the road, to turn up the music on your way home, not babble into your phone or Bluetooth device, read something enjoyable or respond to a friend. Not sure what to do, try different things until it feels rewarding!     7.       Become Flexible.    Because the only person you can control in this big world full of over-sized children, sometimes called politicians, screaming children, slower than normal cashiers, long lines and crappy drivers, is your response to these. Knowing you will run into a lot of these you can plan how to roll with the waves. Flexibility means to understand whether or not these things really impact you or those around you (you may be thinking of children or listening to them here), to be able to be positive in these situations and plan accordingly (which can be hard to do if you are always late). So write in your appointments 15 minutes before their actual time, and remind yourself to take a big deep extra breath and let the crap all go out with your exhale.       8.       Make time for positive people    because life is too short for negative people to break you down and steal your energy. Positive people in your life can help remind you of all those positive attributes and push you to continue self-betterment. They care about you, not what they can get out of you. Feel someone is a time-suck and emotionally draining? Set some boundaries to improve your relationship, reduce the negativity and increase time spent around like-minded people.     9.       Don’t Over-schedule It.    With only so many minutes in a day for work, family and you, be realistic with life. You are not a robot, and even us Superheroes need our sleep and R&R. Stick with your realistic goals each day and remember that a crisis or lack of planning on another person’s part does not constitute an emergency on yours!     10.   Re-evaluate and reflect at the end.    Spend 5-10 minutes at the end of each day. Smile at what you have crossed off. Feel okay with what you didn’t. Reevaluate the importance of each task and move things over into the next day’s to-do list or goals if necessary. Write a daily gratitude list, remind yourself where you are going and how you did so awesome at doing what you did today and perhaps enjoyed feel more accomplished!

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Day

Check out these 10 easy tips to help you feel better emotionally and physically and accomplish more. Following these can help you to be more productive, identify priorities, begin looking at setting SMART goals, feel healthier and how to prioritizing yourself is a priority, not an option. This may include surrounding yourself with positive people more. What life changes will you need to make? Start reading and begin evaluating where you need to step it up!

      5 Benefits of Putting Your Electronic Devices Down  BY KIMBERLY CARROLL, MA, LPC, LADC  September 17, 2016   1)  Better Sleep!    Studies shown demonstrate that cell phone and electronic use (any screen time) before bedtime effect the part of the brain called the hypothalamus which effects our circadian rhythm, also known as our sleep wake cycles and our natural serotonin production. So, lying there restless at night? The worst thing you can do is grab your phone. Kids not wanting to sleep? Keep the TV and games off; it is actually impacting your child oppositely and will make for some sleepy days at school. Some studies have shown 4 in 10 people will check their phone if there are new messages in the middle of the night; so turn your sounds off and alarms on and hit the sack for some quality sleep.    2)  Be better emotionally attuned!  A study out of the University of California, LA, stated that children who spent more screen time on phones and devices had a lessened ability to recognize emotions. The study states, "Sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers." So, when it is time for your kids to hang out after school you can implement ideas, such as a cell phone 'turn-in space' so play is face to face. Think about voting options for increasing such devices in the school systems and what effects it may take away from your child's social development. Model doing this yourself! Your kids may love the extra attention with you, too and you can set the new family trend.    3)    Increased behavioral activation   and, indirectly, positive mood.  Let's face it, throughout the different increments I sat down to write this blog, I was accomplishing much exercise for anything beyond my fingers and brain. Our bodies need exercise to maintain healthy levels of neurotransmitters that promote positive mental health. When we do not exercise, our serotonin, dopamine and norepinepherine are thereby effected. These neurotransmitters are linked to good mood. So, how long have you been sitting at you computer? Is it time to stand up and give your body a bit of a walk around the block? Some studies indicate that Americans are now spending more time on electronics then sleeping. Getting regular exercise will not only help to increase your mood by raising the neurotransmitter levels in your brain, but it will guard again degenerative brain disease according to Livestrong.com; it will increase blood flow or oxygenation levels. Exercise can help naturally improve conditions such as Parkinson's Disease and depressive disorders. Lastly, if you exercise outside, you will also be increasing your Vitamin D levels which are also connected to improved brain function. So two in one! Now finish your article and enjoy your time outdoors!    4)  Improved insight   of one's true self and increase authentic relationships.  Huh? What does all that jumbo mean?! Right? Ok, so let's put it this way, social media is a place where we can stay connected with people any time of the day, anywhere in the world. It is a place where we can manipulate our page to reflect how we want others to see us. While this may temporarily give false persona to our existence, it essentially allows us to live in and believe false realities to increase out self-worth. But what if we were to try to rather actualize what we try to portrait or rather reach out to trustworthy supports and ask for advice. What if we accepted how we look, rather than spend time trying to take the perfect selfie or edit the best portrait. What if spent less time talking about having fun and spent that time actually out having fun? Spending less time on sites like Facebook will allow us to build more authentic relationships in person. Spending more self-care time and time doing internal work and engaging in actions that will improve us to be the best person we can be may be more gratifying than editing that selfie for 10 'likes'. Being able to be with those people who really think you are amazing and not just your selfie or recent post, may be time spent developing memories and social connections that you can better rely on throughout the years. Now, while it is true that Facebook allows us a place to stay connected even when we live across the world from one another, imagine the emotions and engagement you'll rather receive when at the least, you are able to have a chat! So, yes, sometimes that invention called the phone is still very useful, but that also means you have to remember how to converse and not just stare and touch the phone! So, have at it!    5)  Reduce your stress levels.    Albeit, the first couple times may be difficult, but making electronic free days or hours may indeed reduce your stress. Think about the worries that come with electronics: Will the charge hold long enough? Did I remember the charger? What will this new message say? What will people think of my last post? Will my auto-text error be severely misinterpreted? Like in other addictions, electronic devices give us instant gratification to get what we want now. Rather, set the phone down, make some plans, leave your phone at a home and have a stellar day with a friend or your family. Let go, breathe and know everything will not have melted down by the time you get back home to check your messages.

5 Benefits of Putting Your Electronic Devices Down

Understand these 5 benefits from turning off or putting away your devices and improve your health, relationships and parenting today! Are you wanting to improve relationships with your teenage son, daughter or increase bonding with your toddlers? You want to do this in a matter of minutes? Yes! That is what I am suggesting! Along with this, these tips can help you improve your self- esteem and enhance your self-concept. You can start begin building authentic relationships with just one easy step, learn more here what can be achieved by you just 'putting it down'!