6 Tips For Dealing with the Stress of Working in IT

Anyone who works in IT will be able to tell you how stressful of a work environment it can be, with the pressure of deadlines and so many things going on under one roof it can be very easy to become overwhelmed. Dealing with stress is a very personal thing and people cope with stress in very different ways, some people find that a change of scenery really helps and others enjoy taking a break or having a proper meal is a great way to have some time to yourself away from the stresses of an IT workplace.

 

Regular Breaks

One of the best ways to deal with stress is to take a break, working under stress is a terrible way of producing high-quality work so taking some time away and then going back to it is probably the best thing you can do. Without making time for breaks you are only going to make the situation worse and your work is definitely going to suffer, if you feel that the stress is getting too much it is better to take ten minutes away from the environment rather than trying to push through.

 

Sleep Quality

One of the biggest causes of stress is a lack of sleep, if you find that you are becoming very stressed more frequently than normal, then your sleep quality may be the issue. I’m sure you’ve all been there, on a day where you didn’t get the best night’s sleep and everything irritates you. Sometimes this is unavoidable but you should be getting a high-quality amount of sleep on most nights in order to maintain your physical and mental health whilst reducing stress levels at work.

 

Change of Scenery

Stress is often caused by the environment you are in, getting out of the stressful situation as soon as you can is the best way to calm yourself down and give yourself time to compose yourself. Particularly when it comes to an IT work environment as there is so much going on at one time the stress can cause a lot of pressure, most offices are not the nicest or most uplifting places which are why they can be more stressful than other work environments out there.

 

Company Changes

Another way to help ease the stresses of working in IT would be to make changes to how your business is run, if you feel that there is something in particular about working in IT that causes stress then it is time to make a change. It may be a member of staff who is causing you stress or it could be technology troubles, in an IT work environment having an efficient team and technological resources that you can trust is vital, if this is causing you to stress you should talk to the team member in question and maybe look at switching IT providers. If you are considering changing then this guide on switching IT providers talks about the best way to do so, in a way that will benefit how your company is run.

 

Headphones

Listening to music is one of the best ways to reduce stress and block out a work environment that is making you unhappy, if you find that you are having trouble concentrating then finding a relaxing playlist to listen to whilst you work may be the best thing to do. Music has been proven to help people relax so in a time where you are overly stressed it can be a real lifesaver.

 

Make the Most of Time Out of Work

Something else to consider is the harsh truth that you are stressed due to the fact that you are not making the most of the time you spend outside of work. This happens very often where people get to caught up in their professional lives that they forget about having a social life. Making sure you take time to enjoy yourself and interacting with other people is a great way to release the build-up of pressure working in a stressful environment can induce. If you are getting stressed at work then it may be time to think about what you enjoy so that you have something to look forward to that doesn’t involve work.

Living In Third Person: Can Drones be Used With VR?

VR is seemingly the future of digital technology. The gaming world has been waiting seemingly forever for VR technology to reach the stage we envisioned it in movies and TV shows. While it still has a fair way to go, the current state of VR tech is very impressive.

And another bit of future tech that has finally materialized into the commercial world is drones. Before the idea of drones was reserved for the dystopian visions of a cyberpunk future. Now anyone can walk down to the mall and grab themselves a powerful drone equipped with high-quality cameras and responsive controls.

 

Third-Person

Someone posed an idea to me the other day. What if you were wearing a VR headset and had a drone following just above your head. Then if you connected the drones camera feed to the VR headset you would essentially be living life like a third-person video game.

It would be an odd experience. The human mind is not used to experiencing reality in any other format than the first person. And VR technology on its own can be a huge adjustment for people. I have watched plenty of people trying to lean against virtual walls only to fall on their asses.

So we imagine that anyone using a drone to live in third-person would find themselves very disorientated and nauseous.

 

The Other Uses

But gimmicks asides using a VR headset at random with a drone has plenty of other advantages. As we all know, drones are great for photography, but as it stands at the moment photographers are limited to watching the camera feed through their phone screens or the screen on the remote control.

Using a VR headset would allow people more control over their drone photography. They could really study the subject of their photo and better navigate around the area.

Using drones to film movies is another use that has become extremely popular in recent years. In fact, we are already seeing entire movies shot with just drones. And using a VR headset would allow for greater control over what is being shot. It would also offer a unique experience for people to create VR specific movies.

 

Flying!

The biggest use of VR technology and Drones is, of course stimulating flying. And we don’t mean flying in a plane. We mean super-powered flying. By linking your drone to your VR headset you can move with it and feel like you’re flying. VR headsets have an odd effect on the human mind. As the VR world moves around you, you feel yourself being pulled around. Despite your body staying perfectly still.

As we mentioned, VR specific movies could be made. These movies could be used to simulate different flying experiences and trips. This would be fantastic for the travel industry. Imagine instead of having to travel abroad you could simply simulate flying through the hills of the Netherlands. Or soar along Route 66.

This would also be fantastic for accessibility. Sadly there are a lot of people with physical restrictions that struggle to travel abroad or take part in a lot of fun experiences life has to offer. So these VR simulations could provide them with the same chance everyone else has.

In conclusion, VR headsets and Drones seem to be a technological match made in heaven. The possibilities are seemingly endless. The only issue at the moment is the price tag attached to both these products. But, as with most tech, eventually, the price will drop and make it affordable for the general consumer.