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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 7B You can live f00'eefrom addiction to technology If you're tangled in a mess of laptops, smartphones, iPods and ear buds, you need an intervention. From checking messages in the bathroom to bringing your laptop to bed with you, tech- nology addiction is very re- al. Our tiber-connected lives have made us virtually available at any time and at any place, which may not be a good thing. Your personal electronics can be a double-edged sword. They can allow you to do a lot more in any given day, but there is certainly a cost associated with being con- stantly on. According to Edward Hal- lowell, M.D., author of "Crazy Busy: Overbooked, Overstretched, and About to Snap!," "The great thing about modern life is you can do so much ... and the curse of modern life is you can do so much." Hallowell thinks technolo- gy addiction is a new epi- demic. People may joke or even brag about it -- like be- ing busy is a status symbol -- but they don't realize it can be as harmful as obesity or smoking. An unopened message is simply irresistible to an ad- dict. Hallowell says addicts get a dopamine squirt each time they access their mes- sages. The mail, and daily dose of excitement, used to come only once a day -- now it comes every second. There used to be bound- aries but now there are no boundaries. This limitless HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH AURA WHITTAKER frenzy has areai, usually negative, impact on relation- ships, families and work life because there is no built-in shutoff. The minute you see that flashing light, you start thinking, "Do I need to check it?" Unless you're a brain surgeon, or involved somehow in life and death matters, the answer is no. You have to draw a line. If you're watching your kids' performance, it's not the end of the world if you don't an- swer a phone call. These constant interrup- tions can take a toll on our bodies and mental states. Many people suffer from headaches after long days spent staring at the comput- er screen and talking on their cellphone. If you're not getting away from technolo- gy enough, it could become as dangerous as a heart at- tack. People who complain of insomnia may well blame part of it on an obsession with being connected. You need to be able to disconnect to go to sleep. Multitasking via cell- phone, laptop, iPod, etc. can cause the brain to overheat, like a car engine, according to Hallowell. The brain needs periods of rest to re- cover. Not just sleeping at night, but also during the day. Your brain simply can't run straight out all day long at peak performance. Type A people, who feel obligated to respond to every email, text and phone call, can work themselves into what Hallowell calls the F- State -- frantic, frazzled and frenzied. "They get toxic stress and burn up energy rapidly and wastefully," he says. "In that state, they do bad work, lose friends and lose clients. It's bad for them in every mea- surable way." If you don't prioritize, you'll go in many directions at once and you won't do any one thing very well. You need to be clear about what matters most in your life. If you don't take your time, your time will be taken from you, says Hallowell. "The single greatest ene- my of creativity is over- load," says Tim Ferriss, au- thor of"The 4-Hour Work- week: Escape 9-5, Live Any- where, and Join the New Rich." "I believe creativity re- quires a relaxed acuity, which is rendered impossi- ble by checking email every half hour," Ferriss said. For you skeptics, be as- sured, it is very possible to disconnect without implod- ing. Try these simple tech- niques to regain your sanity. Practice short periods of inaccessibility. You won't wither away. As with any Wellness workshops offered Trails Within, a yoga and wellness center in Graeagle, has a number of special events on its calendar for August. First up is a one-day self- "healing class taught by Brooke Butler Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This workshop is a time to learn and connect to the powerful benefits of self- healing. Students will build and cultivate a new aware- ness of their bodies as living energy systems. The workshop includes Level 1 reiki attunement; how to use reiki to heal physical, emotional, mental or spiritual unbalance; self-treatment hand posi- tions; techniques to boost energy and create more bal- ance; and how to cultivate a deeper connection to inner intelligence. The workshop is suitable for everyone; no prior expe- rience is needed. Registra- tion is $90. Space is limited to 10 participants. Private one-hour healing sessions are available that afternoon, 2 - 6 p.m., and cost $90, or $150 with the morning session. Butler is a master healer, certified body talk practi- tioner and reiki master. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology. For more informa- tion about her, visit Trails Within offers a second workshop, Exploring the Midline: the Gateway to the Heart, with Bill Folk- man the following weekend. The first session is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2 - 4:30 p.m. It focuses on the pelvis and kidneys. Stu- dents will gain an under- standing and refinement of energetic and structural alignment. The second session is set for Sunday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. This is a mixed- level class that focuses on hip opening. Each session is $30, or $50 for both. Folkman's yoga practice spans more than three decades. He was recently certified as an Anusara-in- spired teacher. He has stud- ied Viniyoga, Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of yoga. Register in advance for ei- ther workshop by contact- ing or by calling 836-1500. form of addiction, there is a period of withdrawal and anxiety in the beginning. Try leaving your cell- phone and iPod at home one day a week. Saturday is a good day to cut off email and cellphone usage. Y6u may just end up feeling like you went on a two-week vaca- tion. Make a "not-to-do list" for yourself and stick to it. Don't check email before 10 a.m. and set intervals to check email, for example, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Use an auto-responder to explain you will respond within a certain period of time. Eliminate rather than streamline whenever possi- ble. Lose the RSS feed -- originally RDF (Resource Description Framework), of- ten dubbed Really Simple Syndication -- on your homepage and in your email inbox. Similarly, if you have an addictive impulse with other tools, get rid of the tools. Hire a virtual assistant. A big part of priority manage- ment is teaching others tasks and the other part is getting over yourself. You' don't have to control every- thing in your world. Buddy up with a friend or family member. As with any addiction, if you go it alone on the road to recovery, you're likely to revert to your old habits. Learn moderation. You don't have to be anti-technol ogy. Some technological re- sources help you communi cate better and are good for certain aspects of your life, but too much dependency can be really, really bad. Aura Whittaker has a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. She has more than 15 years expe rience in nutritional consultin and personal training. Email he/ at, or send mail to Lassen County Times, 100 Grand Ave., Su sanville, CA 96130. Eagle Lake Guardians Labor Day Fundrois Sunday September 3 pro'- 7 pm at Eagle Lake General Store Spalding BBQ Beef Ribs, Beans, Coleslaw, Bread & Drink Sl5/Adul ts $7Se/Kids Fly Fishing seminar bY John Monticelli 4 pm Raffle & Auction CRAZY HAT CONTEST Winner takes home a Sierra Stick 7ft Leadcore trolling rod with a PENN level wind reel! All 'round fishing seminar by Val Aubery MIND, from page 5B you do with anxiety seems to be more important than how much anxiety you have." Just a few days ago, Dr. Mallika Marshall explained to New England Cable News that "in 2004, a sports psychiatrist studied the brain activity of 250 athletes. He found win- ning athletes were better at tuning out negative thoughts and were able to focus their attention on the job at hand." Murphy adds that they push hard to get in "the flow" or "the zone," a state that allows their mind to be absorbed completely in the present mo- ment -- an ability that is not totally innate but largely learned and practiced. When it comes to mastering the mind or body, practice re- ally does make perfect. Progress and victory really are questions of mind over matter. As a six-time world karate champion, I can reassure you: The battle for the brain is won one thought at a time. It's true for Olympians. It's true for me. It's true for you, too. 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