In my book, The Rupture of Serenity: External Intrusions and Psychoanalytic Technique, I discuss the relationship between humans and the machines we use for communication. On pages 105-107, you’ll find several references and quotes from other experts examining the impact of technologies (calculators, internet devices, phones, etc.) on our relationships. Whether these technologies are further connecting us or disconnecting us, it would be worth all of our time to commit to doing some things while not connected to a device. Hope you enjoy these ideas!
Non-Tech Things to Do:
- Go for a walk. Do not talk on the phone or listen to music while walking. Instead, pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Cry or laugh if you feel like doing that. Gather some interesting leaves and flowers on the way. Later, you could put them in books to press and dry. They will remind you of a special time.
- Write a card or a letter to a friend or relative. Yes, use an actual pen and paper, not an email.
- Frame some recent photos. Print a few of your favorite images from your phone. Buy inexpensive frames, and place them where you will see them frequently. Remember, we used to enjoy that. So frame those sweet moments now in a tangible form.
- Sit down and read a book. Hold a book in your hand, turn the pages, sip tea or wine (whatever works for you), and read! Try this for at least twenty minutes a day. You will be amazed at what this does for your mind and soul.
- Read at least three poems a week. More is better! Read them aloud. My recommendations for this week include Byron’s “She Walks in Beauty Like The Night” and Shakespeare’s Sonnets 18 and 116.
Dr. Aisha Abbasi , the Founder of Tampa Bay Center for Psychological Health, has been voted (by other physicians ) one of The Best Doctors in America for 17 consecutive years. Check this blog in the coming weeks for more tips and helpful articles. At Tampa Bay Center for Psychological Health, our goal is to offer a safe, confidential, and trustworthy treatment setting for all patients. For more information, or to request your free 20-minute initial phone consultation, please call Dr. Abbasi at 813-492-9241.