Coping with computer stress
Okay ladies (and gents) here is a checklist of things to do at the office when a technological issue presents itself and you need it handled it immediately without stressing big time. Most people already have their own way of relaxing at home, so instead you will find presented here five sure-fire ways to unwind while still at your place of work. With an overwhelming 97% of people who work in IT claiming that they feel stressed on a daily basis, a few calming influences are definitely needed for a tough day at the office.
1) Shake things up: Set yourself a handy alarm style email that you can use to jerk lazy work mates out of their slump and get them back to doing their part for the big team project. Preferably use something that your colleague will find annoying as hell but which you consider to be positively hilarious or melodic.
2) Anticipate the Rush: Those with IT jobs often complain that their email inboxes become overloaded, making logging on a demoralising process in the morning. So generate a stock set of useful phrases that you can quickly copy and paste into messages to reduce the amount of typing necessary for answering. Here’s a few for starters:
“Great question, unfortunately that’s not my department.”
“That sounds like more of a (insert name of office dogsbody) kind of task.”
“I’d love to help but I’m too busy being awesome over here.”
3) Lyrical Therapy: Everyone who ever had to work with a computer knows the heart-wrenching feeling of seeing that text box appear informing you that a technical error has been made. Worse than the sight of the text is the sound that accompanies it. Whether it is a simple ping or a despairing clunk, that sound will wipe the smile off even the most bright and bouncy among us. To combat this, change your sound settings to something funny or uplifting.
4) The cry-laugh: Studies have shown that two incredibly effective ways of beating stress are laughing and crying. Both open up the chest and diaphragm, releasing bound-up energy and increasing oxygen delivery. So why not double the effect by doing both… at the same time! Not only will your oxygen levels spike, giving you athlete-like levels of energy, this technique is so tricky to achieve that you will undoubtedly forget whatever it was you were stressed about.