Take a Break

The 30-Minute Anxiety Cure

Last updated:

September 07, 2011
Cellular splashing into water

Have you ever panicked because you've misplaced your cell phone? Sent a surreptitious text while chatting with a friend? Felt anxious about resisting a call or a text while driving? Your mobile affinity, as Kansas State University researchers dub this modern love of personal gadgets, may be so strong that you need to build some breaks into your day.

Try, for starters, turning cell phones off during meals, or for a set period during the day when you're doing something purposefully relaxing, like practicing yoga or meditating. Although younger users are most at risk, older adults are quickly growing dangerously hyperattached, too.

-- Paula Spencer Scott