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Between April 30 and May 6 of this year, families, schools, and communities will vow to live their lives for a week screen free. During these days, individuals will plan to unplug from digital entertainment, instead of spending their time reading, creating, and reconnecting to family and friends. This initiative provides those participating a chance to get a break from technology and enjoy the entertainment that is their life. Research has suggested that social media and excessive screen time may be parts of the cause for a rise in depression and suicide among American children and teens. The same study found that those who experience more face-to-face time and less screen time are less likely to be depressed or suicidal. In the digital age, we are surrounded by gadgets and gizmos that take our attention from the important things (and people) in our lives. If you find yourself at a crossroads with your technology habits, consider a digital diet.

Henry David Thoreau once said that “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” I find this to be overwhelmingly accurate for myself. Travelling is the sweet state of limbo, where for a few days or weeks you live in another world. It’s an escape. It’s shedding your comforts to find your freedom. And for as long as I can remember, I have been exploring the world around me. I spent my childhood in the mountains of Idaho poking at bugs, running from snakes, and swimming in glacier lakes. I spent my teenage years doing much of the same. And my adult years I spent travelling from state to state for work. However, as a life-long adventurer, I suffer from this annoying, but fairly severe character quirk called anxiety. Through my years of battling this menace, I have learned how to calm myself when I’m freaking the eff out on the road. Here’s how you too can travel when travelling gives you anxiety:

In this century, there is no argument that mental health and physical health overlap one another. The World Health Organization has gone as far to say that “there is no health without mental health.” The truth is, mental health and physical health are entangled in one another. So when thinking about ways to encourage self-motivation, we must learn how to play on the psychology of the mind. Finding the motivation to complete a workout or a task at work can be difficult.​..

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