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How to Eliminate Technology-Related Stress

Let’s face it: you feel like you’re living, breathing and eating stress.  From the long hours at the office to all the errands that wait for you as soon as you get home, you feel like there’s not a single moment when you’re not consumed by some sort of stressful feeling.  Even if you’re calendar’s cleared and you have nothing major on your horizon, you still feel stressed about something.


So what’s the reasoning behind all of your stressful feelings?  If you think it has anything to do with your busy schedule or the fact that you have about five meetings to plan this week, you might want to think again…


Because technology could be making you incredibly stressed, worried and anxious.


The Impact of Technology on Your Stress


Smartphones, Facebook, computers, and a host of other technologies are designed to make our lives easier – however, researchers think that the proclivity of technology in our day-to-day lives may actually be increasing stress and anxiety.  While technologies are meant to streamline our communications and make it easier for us to reach out to others, it’s actually led to a host of unintentional dilemmas that may be responsible for making you feel anxious all the time.  Consider the following phenomena:


  • Researchers have recently coined the term “FOMO” – the fear of missing out.  This recent phenomenon has been produced by 24/7 access to Facebook and other social media accounts, all of which are constantly available on our smartphones and computers.  When our friends and family members are constantly posting events, pictures, and other social information, it makes us feel like we need to participate in order to keep up.  This “fear of missing out” can turn fun-filled social events into a stressful and even anxious behavior, as you’ll feel like missing one social event could spell disaster.


  • Being constantly attached to your smartphone and computer can make it hard for you to feel like you’re detached from work.  While generations before us used to have a solid separation between work and home, the lines have blurred thanks to technology.  When your boss can text you at midnight on your smartphone and your computer email sends you notifications as soon as you wake up, it can be hard to feel like you’re ever away from work.


  • As more services are offered online, worries over the security of technology is enough to leave you in a cold sweat at night.  From online shopping to online banking, technology exposes us to a number of vulnerabilities and concerns.


With so many technological stresses, it might seem almost impossible to escape the stresses and anxieties associated with using today’s technologies.  However, there are ways to significantly reduce the amount of technology stress you experience on a day-to-day basis – and the solutions might surprise you.


The Answer to Technology – More Technology?


While some of the stresses of technology are unavoidable – after all, it seems to be the plight of the modern world – there are ways to minimize the stresses associated with constantly being attached to technology.  These solutions can include the following:


  1. Use technologies that provide more security.  If you’re constantly worried that your fax services will leave important contracts vulnerable or that your banking information will be exposed, try upgrading the technologies you’re currently using.  For example, an Internet fax service can provide you with a measure of security that’s not often afforded by traditional fax services.  An Internet fax service makes it possible for you to send faxes securely by email or to someone else’s fax machine.  This kind of security can make it possible for you to conduct business without worrying about prying eyes or vulnerabilities.


2. Consider turning off from social media every once in awhile.  Perform a social experiment and don’t check your Facebook, Twitter account, or other social media accounts for a full weekend.  It might feel strange at first, but as soon as you log on Monday morning, you’ll notice that the same statuses are being updated – and that you still have all of your friends.


3. Set a firm deadline with your smartphone and computer.  Don’t answer work emails that are sent to you at a certain time in the evening and leave your phone out of the bedroom when you go to sleep.  Of course, if your job requires that you answer work emails at all hours, this might not apply – but very few jobs very rarely apply you to be on call 24/7.


If you want to cut down on the amount of stress related to technology, consider utilizing the above techniques.  You’ll feel the weight of the (virtual) world lift off your shoulders when you do.


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