Let’s talk about stress. Stress has been a theme for me the past few weeks. There are big stresses, like moving, balancing full time work and school, learning a new job, planning a wedding (not that I’ve ever thought about/ done that), but you know what I mean. Then there are small stresses that we deal with every day. Those small annoying things that add to our anxiety just a little every day.
You sir down at your desk in the morning and your computer won’t start. It’s going too slow. Your e-mail will not send. Your phone stops working and you can’t read your messages. Little things like this are what really get us. Studies show that people are feeling more stressed at work, and less engaged. More people are reporting feeling increasingly depressed at work and in school. Could this be a result of us spending an increasing about of time staring at screens and dealing with technology that adds to our stress?
Some of us wake up, look at our phones. Go to work and stare at a screen all day. Maybe we then read a book on a screen. We look at our phones a lot ( I see people run into stuff every day because they are paying more attention to the phone that what is around them). How many of us zone out watching mindless (maybe mindful- whatever you are into) television? Are we more stressed now than when we read actual books and didn’t have the option to text? When we didn’t feel the need to be on social media frequently and just talked with our friends instead? When we had less technological things and screens to distract us?
I’m guilty of it too. I look at my phone frequently as if it’s a reflex. What I can say is that I’m more at peace when I’m not so focused on all my devices. When I am more focused on people and what is around me, and not on a screen in front of me. I feel so reconnected when I go abroad, and intentionally shut off my phone for a while. Even when I just take a walk and don’t look at my phone for a bit. I love it when I’m present with my natural surroundings. Certainly we were made for more than starting at screens all day.