How to Overcome Stress From Technology


iPods, iPads, Blackberries, DVRs, Kindles and more – all fascinating forms of  technology .

As the  technology  era continues to explode, there’s something interesting that’s exploding with it. Stress.

With the increase of  technology , there was supposed to be an increase in the ease of which we are able to live our daily lives. Yet, instead of making our lives easier and less stressful, we find ourselves in bondage to stress from  technology .

Easier or More Stressful?

Everywhere you go, people are glued to  technology  like what is now called the Crackberry. Life is getting busier and people are more stressed out than ever before.

While  technology  is able to make our lives easier, the misuse of  technology  is what’s causing stress. For example, high speed internet helps you to obtain important information is seconds. Yet, getting sucked into spending hours on the computer in the black hole of the internet leads to stress from  technology  that is steadily increasing.

In spite of the risk of finding yourself stressed from abuse of  technology , you need not return to the ice age. There are things that can be done to keep  technology  from ruling your life.

Symptoms of Stress from  Technology 

Yes, it’s easy to get sucked in to spending endless hours wrapping yourself in  technology . Surfing the web, chatting it up for hours on Twitter or Facebook, and watching one YouTube video after another are examples.

This overuse of  technology  can cause problems like headaches, eye problems, and sleep deprivation. These physical symptoms lead to a backlog of responsibilities, a breakdown of family relationships and poor performance on the job.

So how do you fix it so that  technology  isn’t ruling your life?

Determine what’s best for your life

Just because the latest technological gadget is made available for sale, doesn’t mean you have to buy it. What works for one person’s life doesn’t mean it will work for yours.

One family may find having a DVR indispensable because they can more readily control what their children are watching on television. In another case, a single male may find having a DVR enabling him to become a couch potato.

Some people’s lives are made easier with iPhones. Others find that this latest form of telephone  technology  causes them undue stress. So, before investing in the latest and greatest new  technology , determine if it will fit in with your lifestyle and if it will make your life easier or more complex.

Set some boundaries

Simply, establish time limits when using  technology . Kitchen timers work very well for reminding you when to get off the computer, the TV or the high tech game system.

Let’s say you set a time of one hour on the computer or television. Stick to it. Once that timer goes off, shut everything down so you won’t be tempted to overspend your time.

Establish  Technology-Free  Areas

There should be specific places in your home where you are completely disconnected from  technology  like the bathroom and the dinner table.

In addition, disconnecting from  technology  in certain areas in your home, establish certain times where  technology  is to be out of commission. Perhaps you could designate an hour before bed where you just read (an actual book that’s NOT online) or play cards.

Whatever your desired time of the day, establishing boundaries around the use of  technology  will allow you to relax and unwind. Consciously disengaging also helps you to foster stronger bonds with your friends and family, while reducing your stress levels.

 Technology  can be the source of some of your greatest assistance or the source of your biggest stress. Find the right path to using  technology  wisely and you won’t find yourself battling stress from  technology .

Source by Michelle H Smith

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