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Seeking Relief From Stress

By Stephen R. Farris

Technology has advanced far more than we could have ever thought possible in such a short period of time. The ideas behind some of these technological advances were thought of in the hopes of making life a lot easier. In some respects it has. But in many ways it has brought us more stress than we could have ever imagined.

Most technology, such as smartphones, laptops, desktops, tablets, etc., are pretty simple to understand and operate -- at least to a point. However, just about everything is operating in some shape, form or fashion by a computer, making our everyday lives more stressful than helpful, especially if you have difficulty understanding how to operate all these devices that surround us.

We not only have to deal with stress through technology, it can be with most anything these days. Work, at home, commuting, and the everyday hustle and bustle we constantly put ourselves through in our fast-paced society contribute to our stress. But there is hope to get some relief from the stressful lives we live.

Turn Them Off

That's right. We don't have to be readily available 24/7 for anyone or anything unless you're a doctor, law enforcement officer or fireman. Set a time period during your day to leave any communication devices on. Let folks know that you will be unavailable during that time and offer alternative methods in case of emergencies.

Set Limits

At home, most of us by now have smart televisions and video game players. One thing you can do to alleviate stress for you and your family is to set time limits on the usage of these devices. Try alternate forms of entertainment. Reading a good book can help reduce your stress levels. Learn to cook something new in the kitchen. Invest in a few board games and develop a family night. The possibilities are endless.

Make Time For You

One very good key to relieving stress is to make time for you. Take a nice long hot bath when you get home from work or do exercise such as yoga. Maybe go for a relaxing stroll in the park or hit the pool and swim a few laps. Just do something for yourself for a change; after all, don't you deserve to be free of stress? The answer is yes!

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in El Cajon, Calif.

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