Four Tips to Adapting to Modern Times

Consider this common scenario:

Bob is a strong man of 60-something. He wakes up in the morning and gets out of bed. He usually aches a bit, pops a pill, rubs the complaining joint, but bears it. After that first cup of coffee he feels better and heads off to take on another day. Bob and his wife are financially comfortable and like to travel. They were about to take a flight to their favorite spot for the holidays when a very high heart rate and a trip to the ER changed all that. He was lucky, modern medicine saved his life.

This gave Bob a rude awakening. Many of us take for granted that our body and mind will see us through to a reasonable old age with minor breakdowns -- just as long as we can remain independent. But can you, without appropriate investment and maintenance?   Why wait to be sick before deciding to pay attention to your health. I think we sometimes take better care of our car.

Here are some tips to get you started:
  • Become aware of the constantly changing conditions in the world around you.  Keeping well requires that you adjust to these changes. Sway with the punches. Learn how to manage stress.
  • Commit to take responsibility for your physical and emotional well-being. Take out a warranty on your BMW (Body Made to Work). If not literally, make a conscious contract with yourself that you will at all times take care of this one of a kind body and mind asset. Decide to treat it kindly.
  • Begin by assessing your state of wellness today, not merely of your health but also of your daily habits as they affect your health. Get started with our Health Assets Self-Assessment  questionnaire which comes free when you sign up for our Newsletter. Think of it as the starting block for launching your Long-term Health Investment Plan.
  • Structure your relationship with technology. In this modern age, the abundance and the rapid appearance of ever–new technologies can throw you out of balance: your body is under-used, under-stimulated, almost immobilized. At the same time your mental capacities are over-stimulated
Whereas progress has come with every new discovery – fire, tools, the wheel, the printing press – historically, time between discoveries has allowed the human body and mind to adapt. Yet, since the industrial age the rate of advancements outpaced the ability to effectively recover and adapt to new conditions. In the last 60 years the explosion of technologies has made adapting ever more difficult.

Technological progress is unavoidable. It brings wonderful opportunities for improvement in the quality of life. On the other hand, are technologies taking over your life? Indiscriminate use of these technologies can be a negative.To enjoy well-being depends on your taking control of how you use technology to advantage.

Assess your state of wellness today, so you can make the appropriate choices for your tomorrow.

Are you in charge of how you use technology or has it taken over your life? Your comments will help others.


  1. This is a constant problem for me. I do my shopping on my computer. More importantly, I keep up with many distant friends with ongoing emails that keep us in each others lives. Sometimes it is my "ministry." But, then there all the interesting things people send me that I don't really need. Some with beautiful photos and music, some with very funny things, some with the most interesting things or just cute animals, and of course, political ones. I then want to share these with certain people that I think would enjoy them or want the information. Consequently, my desk never gets cleaned off and I have piles of things waiting to be done and don't get to do enough of the things I really want to do! Could this be an addiction, and if so how can I better handle it? I have begun just passing forwarded emails and when I'm overwhelmed by them I just "flush" the whole lot. You might have better ideas. Thank you, Dr. Joan, for listening! j

  2. Flushing is a very therapeutic activity. You may need to downsize your piles by sorting them out by giving them stars according to importance. If you could only send one which would it be? beauty? politics, the cute ones? Or which are most therapeutic to you? If you can do a mass flush they cannot be that important. Some are large files and computers can choke making the recipient feel less thrilled to receive them. Or maybe you can take a tech detox for a week and send none. Just send a note to your friends in distant places that you love them and that you do not need to send anything to let them know. Hope this helps.Dr. Joan

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