Okay, today, we are going to address stress in your daily life, and specifically how technology increases your stress levels. It’s safe to say, in today’s world, everyone of us have two things in common…we all use technology and we all get stressed! So is there a link between the two?
Well, duh…YES. Technology enables constant communication. That sets up the expectation (in many of our lives) that we should be available 24/7. Technology has created a great number of advantages in terms of flexible schedules, tele- commuting, and increased productivity. But it’s the expectation of having to be available 24/7 that is stressful.
Technology by itself does not automatically make us stressed. It’s managing the never-ending connection to email, Facebook, Instagram, and texting that can drive us into bewilderment.
At Unlimited Health, when we have the opportunity to chat with our customers about this subject, the prevailing feedback we get is people have too many moments of feeling unfocused. That unfocused feeling moves people toward anxiety and even self-doubt.
So how do you alleviate this feeling? Our advice comes from strategies we use in our own professional and personal lives. Here is what we do, but take this and find the best strategies for you:
- Only use email and social media during specific hours of the day. Set specific time periods to check in on your peeps.
- When at home, have a no smart phone zone. For me, no smart phone past 7 PM.
- Go for a walk during your lunch break. This has become a foundation to my personal happiness.
- This one is a toughie for most, especially if you have a demanding career or run a business. Don’t check email during the weekend! So for me, I modify this. I still have a couple times of day I check email, however I star the most important emails to ensure I get to them first thing Monday morning.
- Tell us some strategies you use, and we’ll highlight them in future posts…
This last paragraph is probably the most profound. The important thing for you to understand is knowing what triggers your stress. Those triggers could be feeling over committed, regularly skipping meals, or having your sleep impacted by having too much access to your technology devices. If any or all of these three triggers apply to you, it’s time to look into strategies that can be easily inserted into your life.