Computer stress is the feeling of anxiety and discomfort that a user experience from situations such as when internet connections fail or are too slow, it takes a long time for the computer to start up, software incompatibilities that cause errors or force one to look for alternatives, tedious program installations, operating systems that crash, programs that take an eternity to run etc etc.
Modern problems are usually solved by modern solutions but sometimes it’s the modern solution that creates more modern problems. Whether you agree or not, that is the case with modern technology. Here are some quick recommendations to relieve your stress and frustrations from using a computer.
As the Scout’s motto says, Be Prepared. Being ready for everything is a must and applies also in using a computer. A back up plan is always a choice for computer users and a little know how is a great tool to avoid a wave of panic when an error pops up on your screen. Hundreds, maybe thousands of blogs, vlogs and even readable PDFs are now available online on how to use the computer efficiently or do some troubleshooting and the best part is, it’s free. Always remember, learning a thing or two in troubleshooting will earn you a skill and saves money for a trip to a technician.
Invest in the Best
Generally now, price is the buying factor rather than the quality of the product or the time-tested brand. Savings is good but sometimes buying an inexpensive computer can be the cause of problems in the long run. Don’t get me wrong. Consider why and what for are we to use the computer. Is it for work or for gaming? How big is the disk space we need? Is it compatible with the software that must be installed? What is the most trusted brand for a computer? Can the store readily provide an after sales support? These are some of the questions we need to answer before opting for the lowest price and probably with the freebies that comes with it.
Back Up Often
Like the first recommendation, Be Prepared. No one knows when will the computer decide to end its life (pun intended here). A scheduled or a manual back up works great especially when those trying times come.
Practice Stress Management and Simple Workplace Exercises
Part of the intensity of computer stress involves the built-up strain of a tensed body. Below are some that you can do to relieve yourself from body stress.
- Take some minutes to rest yourself from using the computer if you feel you need to
- Reduce the brightness of the screen
- Use mouse rest if needed
- Perform some simple exercises like the one below:
Lean forward against the table to stretch both arms and shoulders
Leaning hamstring stretch
Chest up and elbows out to stretch the chest
Arm stretches. Don’t forget the other arm.
Organize and Plan
Organize and plan your tasks. Make use of current software available to your advantage. For example, Microsoft Outlook has a calendar function, which allows planning & schedule reminders. Sticky Notes is another software that you can use to take down notes and can be displayed anywhere on your desktop for any self reminders.
A Scenic View
Imagine logging in to your computer with a picture of your dream vacation. Isn’t this relaxing & inspiring? The desktop wallpaper function can be used to save photos of something we may want to achieve or what we care about. Looking at these photos can relieve stress and perhaps remind us why we are working in the first place.
Try these tips for computer stress relief. Remember, the computer needs you to make it run efficiently and accurately. Hope to have you again on our next series.