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10 Ways to Overcome Cyberstress

Living in the age of the internet can be a great resource, however, it can also create a lot of stress. The following is a short list of things you can do to minimize the stress and in turn enjoy the internet at a greater level.

  1. Maintain realistic expectations. The Internet is a microcosm of the real world and things will occasionally fail and breakdown.

  2. Don't be too hard on yourself when you make a mistake. We are all on a steep learning curve with this emerging technology.

  3. Set specific goals in terms of what you want to achieve from your Internet session. It is very easy to become distracted and end up in a cyber-wilderness of low grade information.

  4. Seek assistance from others. There are literally thousands of people on the Internet who will happily give advice and support when you need assistance on some specific problem. Don't be afraid to e-mail webmasters or post messages. Often, this is the fastest way to get the answers you are looking for.

  5. Bookmark high quality sources of information. If you find a site that provides quality resources then return to it regularly.

  6. Take frequent breaks away from your computer screen during the day. Do something physical like swinging a golf club (not at the PC) or going for a walk or swim. This will keep you ergonomically fit.

  7. Treat other people with respect. If you use the anonymity of the Net to abuse others then be prepared to take the counter punches.

  8. Make a commitment to continuous learning and improvement. Network with people who understand the technology and seek their guidance.

  9. Be generous with your appreciation. If you find a good site with lots of useful information then email a thank you note to the owner or webmaster. Good sites take a long time to build and often we don't realize how good they are until something happens and they are offline for a time.

  10. Take time out. Set periods of time each week when you will NOT be online. Living in the real world can be spectacular fun so make sure you take time out to do other things that don't involve a PC or online surfing.

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