Dec 03 2017

Your Presence the Most Meaningful Present this Year

Published by at 1:21 pm under General

Make your best present this holiday your presence.
This Christmas season, put your energy into connecting with others, especially those you love. 

In today’s world of cell phones, social media and multimedia devices, our ability to connect on a personal level  is slowly diminishing. Children born after 1995 have been especially affected by this technology. Research shows  they are more likely to experience mental health issues than those born before 1995.  As time goes on, the negative effects of this technology are weighing heavily on parents and others as we wonder what kind of damage we have done to our kids. Constant bombardment of negative news, the fear of missing out (FOMO), and cyberbullying, are all extremely negative side effects of modern technology, especially for young people. Time playing outside, talking, playing board games, and just connecting seems to be an old fashioned way of life. Many, however, are longing for the days of old, and wanting to minimize screen time not only for their children but for themselves. What better time to do this than the holidays? 1*

Time is fleeting. Just ask a parent whose child has left for college or ask a person whose parents are aging or deceased. Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one knows this. It teaches us we must enjoy the moments we have before they slip away. So, during the holidays, instead of focusing on the presents to put under the tree, put a little more time into how you can increase your presence in the lives of others, especially those you love. Put down your ipad or your smart phone, and let’s get busy living this holiday season on an interpersonal level. In case you need a few suggestions as to how to reconnect with humans, and reminders of what time spent together looks like without a hand held device, here are a few pointers.  

  • Get off your phone
  • Look people in the eye
  • Instead of watching TV, play cards or a board game.
  • Ask other’s about their ideas, hopes and dreams
  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Bake something yummy for your neighbors
  • Surprise someone that isn’t expecting it
  • Help the needy
  • Put up some Christmas lights, even if it’s just a few
  • Wrap your presents as pretty as you can
  • Smile, be merry, exude joy and love
  • Give yourself the gift of forgiving yourself once and for all.
  • Give yourself the gift of forgiving others once and for all.
  • Let it go, let it snow.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  • Believe…in God, in Santa, in something positive. Having faith is good for your soul.
  • Be organized so as to eliminate stress.
  • Be considerate of others
  • Celebrate every moment as if it were your last..

While this may sound cliché, it is all about getting back to the basics, and not letting social media, news media, or other people’s ideas control our minds or our moods. Don’t let originality slip away. This holiday, ask everyone to put up their phones during family time. Play football, play cards, go on a nature walk, decorate cookies, ask questions, play charades, show you care and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Instead of worrying about things, just be. It is the best thing you can do for your health, and for the health of your family. All of us at Body Biotics™ wish you a very happy holiday season!

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://theconversation.com/with-teen-mental-health-deteriorating-over-five-years-theres-a-likely-culprit-86996


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