Customizing Your Tech to Minimize Stress

Face it: even though new technologies can be exciting and fun, they're also major causes of stress. Tech developers are setting a goal to de-stress our devices.

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It's safe to say that, all things considered, the introduction of new technologies over the past 20 years have made us more stressed. Grasping an opportunity to reduce the trend, tech developers are trying to innovate new ways to de-stress gadgets and technology. These include smartphone apps designed to lower stress, devices aimed at measuring/controlling stress-causing hormones, and wearable technology that keeps track of the user's mood. There are other ways users of tech can amend their strategies to minimize the anxieties intrinsic in a tech-based world.

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One key to reducing tech stress is shifting the ways you access your devices. You can experiment with different strategies for temporarily unplugging yourself or make a plan to reduce the bad tech habits that lead to stress. These include better utilizing your e-mail inbox, modifying your workspace, and helping yourself remember to take breaks.

It's important to note that completely excising tech from our lives is an unreasonable response to the negatives effects we see it causing. At the end of the day, stress doesn't come from technology but rather how we approach technology. The secret to our stress management is in modifying that approach. 

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