The effects of computer burnout are clear, and fatigue can cause both physical and mental stress over time. One of the most obvious signs include eye strain and a lack of energy or motivation. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has also been linked to heavy computer usage without frequent breaks. Although these might sound dire, there are many treatment and prevention options available, including several mobile applications that can provide respite during at a moment’s notice.
Reducing fatigue efficiently
There are many apps that can provide essential break times throughout your work schedule. These tools can add an element of fun to any task while simultaneously keeping your health in check.
Eyeleo works in the background while you work. The application reminds us to take a break and rest our eyes periodically. It provides a series of timely exercises to ensure that your eyes remain rested and fresh. The settings can be customized to extend breaks or shorten them. Breaks are divided up into short or long breaks, dimming the monitor periodically when needed.
Reducing Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a common computer-work-related risk. According to a new study, your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes before it needs a break. PC WorkBreak produces reminders for various breaks and exercises throughout the day. Micro-breaks, eye exercises, and stretch exercises are included with the custom settings.
Simplicity is key
Not all applications need bells and whistles to be effective. Some of the most basic apps get the message across by keeping tasks short and to the point. It is a myth that the human brain can truly ‘multitask’. According to a research study, the human brain can only focus on thing at full effect, at a time. Adding other thoughts to mix only causes us to switch back and forth too rapidly. Some apps are designed to remedy that.
Pause is available on both Android and iOS devices. The application turns breaks into a game by tracking the time your phone is in airplane mode. Pause encourages users to break away from digital addiction and track how much time you spend on an activity. There is an online community of record keepers who make it a habit to increase the amount of “offline” time. The application is very simple, but has a very intuitive interface that encourages engaging in other activities to reduce fatigue.
Unplug and Reconnect is available for Google Play and Android devices. Tech-free time is scheduled for the user to silence your phone on scheduled periods of time. There is no need to worry about missed calls. The device alerts others that you have officially unplugged from the virtual world temporarily. A simple text message alerts callers on your current status or other delay.
For more ideas on how to get away from technology and relax a bit, see “How to get away from your inbox and still keep your job.” It’s a tough skill to master, but a necessary one to keep your sanity, reduce your stress, and improve your outlook on life.