Yesterday’s Cleveland Plain Dealer had a great article about the necessity, especially during the holiday season, to turn off the Blackberry for hours or days for the sole purpose of de-stressing. I couldn’t agree more! Dr. Ned Hallowell, a psychiatrist and former Harvard professor, was quoted as saying that these devices make us available 24/7 and, “ratchet up stress, making us distracted, impulsive, restless, and hyperactive.” Not a good combo for a loving, intimate relationship. His advice: no texting during dinner, no cell calls while driving, and no compulsive e-mail checking when you have a few free minutes. In other words, get unplugged and just BE!
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