Tech Stress: How Technology is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics

Tech Stress: How Technology is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics


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Re-envisioning your relationship with technology to reclaim health, happiness, and sanity in a plugged-in world

Evolution shapes behavior—and as a species, we've evolved to be drawn to the instant gratification, constant connectivity, and the shiny lights, beeps, and chimes of our ever-present devices. In earlier eras, these hardwired evolutionary patterns may have set us up for success, but today they confuse our instincts, leaving us vulnerable and stressed out from fractured attention, missed sleep, skipped meals, aches, pains, and exhaustion.

So how can we avoid the pitfalls programmed into modern technology use?

Tech Stress offers real, practical tools to avoid the evolutionary traps that trip us up and to address the problems associated with technology overuse. You will find a range of effective strategies and best practices to individualize your workspace (in the office and at home), reduce physical strain, prevent sore muscles, combat brain drain, and correct poor posture. The book also provides fresh insights on reducing stress and enhancing health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583947685
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 08/25/2020
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 258,676
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

ERIK PEPER, PhD, is Professor of Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University and President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. He received the 2004 California Governor's Safety Award for work on Healthy Computing. He's authored numerous scientific articles and books and was featured on, GQ, Glamour, Men's Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Shape, and Women's Health. RICHARD HARVEY, PHD, an associate professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University, served as president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and the Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience. He was recently honored in 2019 by the Biofeedback Federation of Europe's Biofeedback Educator Award. NANCY FAASS, MSW, MPH, founder and director of Health Writers' Group, is a writer and editor in San Francisco. For over twenty years, she has worked with clients to develop books, articles, and web content in the field of integrative medicine.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 How Technology Is Hijacking Our Lives

1 Getting Back in Sync 5

2 Genetics: We're Hardwired Like Ancient Hunters 15

3 Stress: Do I Feel Safe? 23

4 A Closer Look at Stress 31

5 Inactivity: Why Sitting is the New Smoking 45

6 Strain: How Strain Causes Pain 55

7 Am I Addicted to My Phone? 69

8 Is My Phone Depressing Me? 89

9 Caught Up in the 24/7 Lifestyle? 101

10 Living a Virtual Life? 111

Part 2 Coping Strategies

11 Thirty Hacks for Sleep 123

12 Getting Off the Grid 137

13 Hangry? Low Blood Sugar? 147

14 Taking Microbreaks 155

15 Dynamic Movement (a.k.a. Exercise) 165

16 Coping with Chronic Stress 177

17 Skills for Sanity 191

17.1 Identifying Energy Drains and Gains-Reclaiming Lost Energy 192

17.2 The Importance of Choice 194

17.3 Knowing Who You Are 197

17.4 Asking for What You Need 201

17.5 Sharing Gratitude 202

18 Reframing 203

18.1 Turning Failure into Success 204

18.2 Using Imagery to Change a Habit 206

18.3 Overcoming Negative Self-Talk: Thought Stopping 209

18.4 Rethinking Traumas from the Past 211

18.5 Celebrating What You've Done Right 214

19 Overcoming Burnout 215

20 Recovering from Injury 229

Part 3 Practical Ergonomics

21 The Basics 243

22 Which Desk? Which Chair? 257

23 Monitors and Mice 281

24 Laptops, Tablets, and Phablets 299

25 Minimizing Risk 313

26 Final Thoughts 331

Acknowledgments 335

Glossary 339

Appendix A Checklist 347

Appendix B Evolutionary Traps 351

Tech Stress Reading and References 353

Index 381

About the Authors 387

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