Thomas Physical Therapy August 2018

THE THOMAS TIMES

AUGUST 2018

Randy’s Ramblings

Anthony Robbins is a brilliant teacher committed to helping people live a more joyous life. He states that we all think we want the job, the car, the money, or the significant other… but in truth what we really want is to feel the way we think having those things would make us feel. He calls this our “state” and teaches that we can immediately change the way we feel by using simple tools like those listed below. 1. Change your physiology! Simply put, sit up straight or stand tall. Notice how your body slumps when you think of sad events and lifts and elevates when you think of happy times. 2. Change your language! Notice the difference in the way you feel if you make a statement such as “She stabbed us in the back,” versus “I’m quite disappointed with her decisions”. 3. Ask better questions! When you encounter a challenge, does it really make you feel better to repeat the familiar complaint, “Why do bad things always happen to me?” The brain is obligated to search for an answer you may not like. Imagine how things would turn out if you asked, “How can I deal with this in a way that will bring me more joy than I would have ever dreamed possible?

Anxiety, concern, conflict — parents and teens agree that digital devices are a source of all three of these, according to a study from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The comprehensive study compared digital device usage in the United States and Japan and how they have an impact on family relationships in both countries. “The patterns of daily life have been forever altered by the ubiquity of digital devices,” says Willow Bay, co-author of the study and dean of USC Annenberg College. “Clearly, our always-on media environment is presenting challenges.” So why do we still have these devices on us at all times, and how can we use them more responsibly? USC Annenberg’s study demonstrates that technology isn’t going away any time soon, and learning how to manage its usage is critical. Here are some tips that both parents and teens can learn from. How to Balance Technology Use in Your Family MANAGE YOUR DEVICES; DON’T LET THEMMANAGE YOU The study gave interesting insight into how we perceive our kids’ technology usage and how they perceive ours. It found that most parents think their teens are addicted to their mobile devices. Most parents also felt addicted themselves. Their teens are aware of this — 1 in 3 teens also believes their parents are addicted. Your kids learn from how you spend your time. As the parent, you are the No. 1 example your child has for any behavior. If they see you looking at your phone most of the time they’re with you, they’ll likely start to do the same. BE THE EXAMPLE

Fill your tool box with strategies that make you feel better!

-Randy Thomas

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