We live in a world where technology has become part of our lives. But the more we use technology, so does the amount of stress that we get.
Although technology made our lives more convenient, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. The overload of multitasking when using computers, smartphones and tablets puts us in a digital stress.
Technostress: The Stress from Technology Overuse
We have looked upon the products of information technology, such as smartphones, computers and electronic networks, as essential tools to solve many of the most inconveniences in the today’s world.
Stress might be acquired from keeping a large network of Facebook friends, insecurities of their well-documented and well-appointed lives, the demands of responding to emails and text messages, the addiction of photos of crafts and DIYs on Pinterest, having to post updates on Twitter from time to time, and the fear of missing out on what’s currently going on with your family and friends.
How Technology Can Destroy Your Sleep
Studies have suggested that using electronic devices before bedtime may disrupt sleep. A research suggests that people who send texts, surf the internet or send email before bed were more likely to experience sleep deprivation than those who do not engage in these behaviours. This disrupted sleep may in turn increase stress levels.
Another study suggests that it’s possible that people who are stressed tend to use technology hours before bed, and not the other way around.
Other evidence showed that communicating like texting and emailing can increase alertness and disrupt the onset of sleep.
It has been shown that the light emitting from the screens of TVs, computers and mobile devices affect melatonin production and melanopsin stimulation, and interrupt our circadian rhythms. As a result, our sleep gets interrupted or we’re unable to achieve restorative sleep, which in turn increases stress and depressive symptoms.
Useful Tips to Manage Technostress
Turn off your devices when going to bed.
Do this only if you’re not expecting important calls. If you don’t, you’ll just constantly check that smartphone of yours for social media updates instead of sleeping soundly at night. This will only bring you more stress.
Go easy on emails.
Got 500 unread messages today? That can be overwhelming. You’re no superhuman, so accept the fact that you can’t reply to those 500 emails a day.
How many times in a day do you check your email? How much time do you spent scrolling down on Facebook and Instagram? Write it down. If it looks like you’re in some sort of addiction of checking stuffs, set a specific schedule on when you can do these things and limit your time on them.
Take a vacation.
Go nature-tripping. Appreciate the beauty of nature. Sometimes you simply need to be away from technology, even just for a day. Not only doing this can free you from stress, connecting yourself to nature will help you relax physically and mentally.
Don’t let yourself be a slave to your devices. If technology is really consuming you, take a break. Just leave your phone on the desk and go outside for a walk. Just half an hour of fresh air can help you see things in a new perspective and you’ll feel a lot better.