The most effective strategies to decrease technostress
(the stress or illness caused by working with computers/devices/technology daily) are :
- Turn off notifications (from FaceBook, Twitter, etc).
Constantly getting instant notifications can increase anticipation and anxiety
(most commonly from a fear of missing something if you don’t check it out right away)
When you go on-line, be very aware of your intention – of why you’re getting online.
And if you’re tempted to stray onto some click-bait, make it a conscious decision to follow that distraction.
Reminding yourself of your reason for getting online and setting a time / number limit on distractions to help you avoid getting lost for hours down a rabbit hole.
- Intersperse mindful breathing throughout your digital work.
Ideally take 1 – 3 easy, calming breaths every five minutes,
then remind yourself of your goal/intention for this on-line session.
These are habits that develop with practice.
Start with slow, easy breathing and remembering your intention.