In the age of technology, we are always surrounded by our phones, iPads, laptops and televisions. While having all of these items close to us can make our everyday lives easier, they can also increase our stress levels.
Work at Home
The most common way that we are actually increasing stress by having our electronics around us all the time is by working from home. This doesn’t mean having a home office, but responding to E-mails and doing our work duties when we should be relaxing and spending time with family. Having virtual connections to our company’s server may be great for productivity, but it is draining on our health to be constantly connected to work tasks and projects.
It is great to have your phone ready to take your next call or respond to a text from your friend. We feel more connected with everyone around us when we use our technologies. There is such a thing as alone time, however, and we never truly have alone time when our electronic gadgets are always on. Feeling like we are burdened with talking to people and making sure we respond quickly to every text can really stress us out.
Believe it or not, electronics are ruining our eyesight. Not only is the electronic light that many of our gadgets emit terrible for our eyes, but always looking at a screen that is right in front of us can also cause near-sighted progression. This means that we are actually making ourselves near-sighted by staring at a computer screen or phone for most of the day. One great way to alleviate this is to take breaks and look at things farther away every once in a while, but the stress that bad eyesight can cause should not be underestimated, including the headaches that come with it.
While some may disagree, having these electronics has drastically decreased our attention span. We are used to quick processing, fast-loading pages, and instant messaging. Now, when we have to wait for an hour to get a response to our E-mail, everything seems to slow and we get stressed.
Now we know that electronic light is bad for your eyes, but did you know it is bad for your sleep too? Bright lights from phones and iPads can alter your circadian rhythm, which is the driver of your sleep pattern. When these lights are on and it is dark outside, you are tricking your body into think that it is morning without even realizing it. This can make getting to sleep a long process, and it can also make the sleep you are getting inadequate. When we are deprived of sleep, we get cranky.
While technology is here to stay, we don’t have to let it take over our lives. Smartphones, GPS and other gadgets have improved our lives, but it’s important to keep it at a healthy level so we don’t get too stressed out.
Author Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She writes about health, family, home and business.A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. Informational credit to AppleShark, where you can sell your used iPhone, iPad, Mac and more.