How many times have you seen people glued to their cell phones?

According to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, our digital lives may be making us more distracted, distant, and drained than ever before. People now expect us to be available to them at all times. And with social media constantly accessible, push-notifications invading our peace, and a never-ending fountain of information at our fingertips, many are finding it harder and harder to escape from their digital devices.

This phenomenon of distraction is unique to modern times; intensified by technology over the past 10 years. But the human body wasn’t designed to process these constant intrusions. It’s important for your health to address the interruptions. Be proactive. Turn off all but the most important phone notifications. This way you check social media and other apps on your schedule, not theirs. Be present in the moment by putting your phone away during dinner and other times of relational interaction.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” ~Psalm 46:10

There are many benefits to living in the digital age. Just make sure you remain in control of your attention. Find time each day for quiet relaxation in a secluded place where you can pray and find rest for your whole person—mind, body, and spirit. This simple act will restore your physical and mental strength and give you a sense of peace that radiates to the ones around you.