IS YOUR GADGET STRESS­ING YOU OUT?

Sugar, cof­fee or alcohol in ex­cess can in­crease your stress lev­els DR MOSARAF ALI, PHYSI­CIAN

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Ak­shay Kaushal ak­shay.kaushal@htlive.com ■

How of­ten do you want to avoid phone calls and in­ces­sant mes­sages? In those mo­ments, you feel like es­cap­ing from all the tech­no­log­i­cal clut­ter in your life. Be­lieve it or not, your gadget is ca­pa­ble of giv­ing you grief and can make your brain go hay­wire.

Us­ing com­puter or mo­bile phones ex­ces­sively, makes you pick up mi­crowaves emit­ted by th­ese gad­gets, which al­ter the func­tions of the cor­ti­cal brain. Your logic, vol­un­tary ac­tiv­i­ties, plea­sure of life and de­sire to be so­cial, de­te­ri­o­rates. When you use com­put­ers for long hours, the neck gets stiff. This ap­plies pres­sure on the ar­ter­ies in­side the neck which in turn re­duces the blood flow to the brain. There are other ef­fects as well. When we are sud­denly de­nied ac­cess to dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, we get anx­ious. That’s the first sign of tech stress. So if your gad­gets are stress­ing you out, then it is time for you to ad­dress it be­fore it gets more com­pli­cated. So here are some so­lu­tions to help you out.

TIPS TO RE­DUCE TECH STRESS

Get sound sleep: The light from gad­gets can in­ter­fere with your abil­ity to stay asleep. Switch off your mo­bile phone and other gad­gets 30 min­utes be­fore you sleep so that you don’t get dis­tracted. Stay off­line for an hour every day: Try keep­ing your­self away from all the gad­gets for an hour ev­ery­day and see what hap­pens to your mood. If you re­alise that you didn’t miss much by re­main­ing off­line, you won’t face tech stress again. Stick to a sched­ule: Han­dle recre­ational web surf­ing and email at set times. Dip­ping in and out is clas­sic self-in­ter­rup­tion. Pay more at­ten­tion to peo­ple’s con­ver­sa­tion: While strik­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with any­one, make sure you lis­ten to them care­fully and not end up fid­dling with your phone while talk­ing. Try sight­see­ing: Reasearch sug­gests that gaz­ing at scenery can make you re­laxed and is more im­pact­ful than some­thing beau­ti­ful that you see on screen. Take out some­time from your work and go for a stroll in a park or gar­den. With In­puts from Dr Mosaraf Ali, Mohsin Wali and Jin­nie Go­gia Chugh

Reg­u­lar de­tox­i­fi­ca­tion helps you beat stress. Have amino wa­ter be­cause it re­ju­ve­nates you JIN­NIE GO­GIA CHUGH, FIT­NESS EX­PERT

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