Opinion

Science-Based Strategies to Control Stress and Improve Your Digital Life.

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By Diane Lennard

By Diane Lennard

The digital technology that allows us to be constantly connected has also introduced new stresses into our everyday lives. Fortunately, there’s a way to make your digital life better: control your stress instead of having stress control you.

Stress itself isn’t a problem. In fact, short-term stress can improve your performance. The stress hormones released in your body give you a burst of energy and increase your mental clarity to confront the problem you’re facing. Stress only becomes a problem when it’s prolonged and not addressed. That’s why it’s important to first acknowledge your stress and then take steps to control it.

Each person experiences stress differently, partly based on genetic predisposition. Scientists have identified a gene called COMT (catechol-O-methyltransferase) that predicts how a person will respond to stress. There are two variants of this gene: everyone is born with either the “warrior” gene or the “worrier” gene.

Read the full CEOWorld Magazine article.
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Diane Lennard is a Clinical Professor of Management Communication