Unplug to destress
Technology is an amazing tool, among other benefits, it makes routine tasks easier, it helps us connect with others, and it’s fun to play games and share on social media.
However, too much screen time can have a negative effect on our mood. Have you heard of Technostress? According to Ross Goodwin, MD, “Technostress can cause various physical and emotional symptoms. Some people may feel depleted, down or burn out. People with technostress may feel tension in the body, which can lead to headaches and back pain. Common symptoms and warning signs of technostress include:
- Increased fatigue Irritability, such as being easily frustrated
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of not being effective at one's job
- Lack of motivation or feeling apathetic
- Difficulty concentrating, focusing or thinking clearly
- Feeling restless, fidgety or anxious.
- Anxiety can lead some people to have stomach pain, nausea and sleep problems.
- Poor job performance
- Relationship problems
- Feeling stressed."
If you use technology regularly and have felt any of those symptoms listed, maybe it’s time for break from technology.
If you are experiencing technostress and want to take some steps to alleviate the impact your phone and computer use can have on your health, then think about the following suggestions:
- Set aside time without your phone or computer. If you are trying to relax after a long day, give yourself the opportunity to fully step away from technology by leaving your phone and computer in a different room while you take time for yourself.
- Set timers on your phone that limit your time on certain apps that you do not absolutely need to use.
- Create spaces and / or times in your day where technology is off limits. For example, no tech at the dinner table.
- Try picking a hobby that doesn’t require any tech, like jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, or board games.
- Simply sit outside and gaze at nature.
What works for you to limit your technology use?
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