April 24, 2024

April Showers Don't Have to Bring You Down: Taming Tech Stress in 2024

We all know stress. Psychologists and psychiatrists, more so than most. But in today's digital age, where technology usage heavily impacts everyone, a new culprit has emerged: Tech Stress.

While we’re excited by the significant enhancements technology has brought to our lives as psychologists, empowering us to deliver high-quality therapy remotely, it's important to consume tech consciously. From constant notifications to information overload, our tech companions can leave us feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and even disconnected. In aid of April being Stress Awareness Month, it’s time to reflect on our tech usage and take back control. 

Are You a Tech-Stressed Zombie?

Here are some signs you might be suffering from tech stress:

  • You constantly check your phone, even when you know it's not important.
  • You feel anxious or on edge when your device is out of sight.
  • You struggle to focus on tasks because of digital distractions.
  • You experience headaches, neck pain, or trouble sleeping due to excessive screen time.

Unplug and Recharge: Your Tech Detox Guide

It's time for a digital intervention! Here's how to create a healthier relationship with your tech:

  • Schedule "Tech-Free" Zones: Designate specific times and places where your phone and devices are off-limits. Dinner with loved ones? Bedroom? Make these tech-free havens.
  • Silence the Noise: Turn off unnecessary notifications. Your phone doesn't need to scream for your attention every five seconds.
  • Embrace the Power of "Do Not Disturb": Utilise this feature to truly disconnect when you need to focus or unwind.
  • Rediscover the Joy of the Real World: Go for a walk, have a face-to-face conversation, read a book. Engage your senses and connect with the world beyond your screen.
  • Use Technology to Your Advantage: Leverage tools such as HelloSelf into your practice to reduce the time you spend on online admin, allowing you to focus on delivering better outcomes for your clients. Use meditation and mindfulness apps to switch off outside of work too.

Remember: Technology is a tool, not a tyrant. By taking control of your tech use, you can harness its benefits while minimising the stress it can create. This April, make a conscious effort to unplug, recharge, and rediscover the calm that awaits.

Want to make technology work for you, not against you? Join the HelloSelf platform today and discover how to harness technology for positive outcomes in your practice.

Written by HelloSelf Therapist, Dr Ranjot Bhogal

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a substitute for professional advice.

Recent posts

April Showers Don't Have to Bring You Down: Taming Tech Stress in 2024

Chronic pain,

Chronic Pain and how we can help


Living with bipolar - common misconceptions