Ever had a complicated computer issue that you spend countless hours trying to fix, only to discover that the only fix is resetting the system? Sometimes resetting is the only option, and much like technology based systems, sometimes we humans need to hit our “reset” button too.
In RightLabs Support, we understand the need to be constantly
connected – whether it’s checking emails, building forms, writing blog posts, or running video meetings, we’re (almost) never off the grid! However, we also understand how essential it is to set time aside to disconnect, regroup, and reset.
A new study completed by Alejandro Lleas (featured in the journal Computers in Human Behavior) has shown that people today actually experience an increase in anxiety and depression when separated from their phones or emails, especially young people, and especially during a stressful situation. We’re conditioned to expect our technology to be there in our time of need, and begin to experience adverse reactions when we cannot connect.
So what is the solution to reducing this anxiety, while still feeling connected? The way that technology has impacted our everyday lives makes it nearly impossible for us to disconnect completely. However, there are some fantastic resources available with suggestions on how to set aside time in our daily lives to reboot and reset (without having to abandon your beloved smart phone completely) such as this article by Shirish Deodhar on How to Live in the Age of Distractions. Whether you set aside an hour a day to be completely disconnected, enjoy a cup of coffee at the end of a long day, spend a day a week at the spa hitting your “reset” button, or if you just like to sit with nothing but a glass of wine keeping you company at the end of a long day, these are some ideas that our team uses to disconnect.
And we’d love to hear how you deal with the daily distractions of living, working, and playing in a technology-based world! Please add a comment below; the best idea will get a Coffee card courtesy of the Rightlabs Support team!