Technology

Technology is supposed to make our life easier. But as we move towards a world of non-stop email, cloud computing and smartphones, could technology in fact be making us more – not less – stressed? A 2012 study at the University of Gothenburg confirmed the link between technology and stress. Individuals who used their mobile phones and computers more than average were found to be more likely to suffer from sleep disorders, mental health issues and increased levels of anxiety.

13 ways to take the stress out of commuting

Most people see commuting as a necessary evil. Hilly Janes explains how you can turn your daily commute from a chore to something to look forward to.

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12 ways to cope with too many emails

Does an inbox stacked with too many emails confront you every time you switch on your computer or phone? Dealing with email stress is now key to working efficiently and avoiding email overload. Here are 12 ways to improve your email management, based on academic research and advice by experts.

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Can “Virtual Reality Therapy” relieve stress, supplant CBT?

Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) is showing promise as a treatment for a variety of mental health problems. Research carried out at the University of Quebec supports the idea that VRT could prove an effective treatment for stress, anxiety and phobias.

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Multimedia multi-tasking is linked to anxiety: study

Research shows that surfing the internet on your phone while you watch TV could be putting you at risk of mental health problems.

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More Facebook friends means more stress: study

The more people you connect with on Facebook, the more stressed you’re likely to become. A new report suggests that social networking may not be as harmless as most of us think.

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Losing a smartphone more stressful than losing wallet, keys

Losing a smartphone would cause the average person more stress than losing a wallet or luggage, according to a new study.

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The art of delegation

Why do it yourself, when you can so easily get someone else to do it for you? Lifestyle solutions for a stress-free existence. In the frenetic 21st century a new servant class is emerging. Not white-gloved and head-bobbing but hard-headed and entrepreneurial, ready to perform …

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Zap that phone

Edgar Degas is one of my favourite artists. At the turn of the century he dined with a friend who had just had a new invention installed – the telephone. Degas’ friend had arranged for someone to phone him during the meal, and when it …

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Use your ear – drive it too

The M6 motorway is not the best place to hold a consultation. If the patient and the doctor are 50 miles apart it becomes even more difficult. I have been rung on more than one occasion by busy executives who were scheduled to see me, …

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The most annoying telephone hold music of all time

It is meant to placate us but it actually drives us crazy. But which is the most annoying telephone hold music of all? A NOP poll commissioned by Stressbusting found a clear winner.

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