De-Stress from Your Tech

Our smartphones and tablets allow us to access the latest news and receive real-time responses via email and text.  However, this increased connectivity has become a source of stress for may people and a literal pain in the neck for others.  Here are a few ways to minimize your gadget stress and still enjoy technology.

Problem:

Smartphones and tablets are leading to more diagnoses of arthritis and tendinitis, mostly in the elbows, thumbs and neck.

Solution:

To ease the pain, hold your smartphone at chest level and make sure you place your tablet on a stand.

Problem:

The LED light from your smartphone, tablet or computer may interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, the hormone vital to have a good night’s sleep.

Solution:

Unplug from your devices before bedtime, or install the f.lux app (for the iPhone or iPad) or the Lux app (for Android), which both adjust the light of your computer or personal device to the time of day.

Problem:

Juggling multiple applications on our smartphones, laptops and tablets may seem like multi-tasking, but in reality, this overstimulation is leaving us less productive and unable to adapt to the slower pace of being offline.  Experts have dubbed this “popcorn brain”.  Additionally, being constantly connected to your gadgets has been shown to put heart rates on high alert, leading to increased stress and higher rates of cortisol.

Solution:

Set an hour or two inside each day to turn off your smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. and go for a walk, spend time with family or friends and enjoy non-electronic activities.

According to the New York Times, only 2% of managers and professionals turn off their devices, even while they’re on vacation.

 

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