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.