Nomophobia Is A New Anxiety Disorder

I shared a post yesterday on my abundant experience at the  Living in Balance Retreat, with Deepak Chopra, where we covered many wide ranging topics relating to our mind, body and soul.  It was during this retreat that I learned about a new anxiety disorder coined, Nomophobia  (“no-mobile-phone phobia”). This condition is the stress of separation from our cellphones and demonstrates just how attached we become to technology.

Basically, it’s more of an anxiety disorder from the attachment that we have and the over-use of the phone. There is no real division between mind and body because of networks of communication that exist between the brain and neurological, endocrine and immune system.

Nomophobia In Our High Tech Lives

So much of what we have accepted and incorporated into our daily lives has become stressful and damaging. The technological age is in full swing and we are all somewhat ‘addicted’ to the modern conveniences. Yet somehow, as I reflect upon my own life, I have noticed that the higher tech we become, the more we need high touch.

High Tech, High Touch, coined by Megatrend’s author, John Naisbitt, is an examination of the role technology plays in our accelerated search for meaning. The body is ruled by the subconscious mind and it knows everything, it experiences everything. Not only must we feed it with high energy, pure nutritious food – but also with our thoughts and our environment. The total body-mind unit is a coherent, self-organizing system where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The holy trinity is the mind-body-spirit. There needs to be an integration. We need to listen to our sensory environment which influences our hormones. There is so much to learn, yet it is so simple.

We all need to stop pushing so much and listen to our bodies via mindful meditation. It gives us feedback all the time. We override it and steam roller ourselves without feeling through it. Our bodies have the wisdom of the universe as a miraculous self-regulating system. We need to take care and be gentle with ourselves.

Ayurveda can help. It’s based on experience, “How do I feel”. The basic questions for mindfulness meditation are “Who Am I?” and “What Am I?”.


You can read our first story on the Living in Balance retreat here, and part three (which shares tips on how to achieve balance in your life) here.