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An evolutionary approach to re-envisioning our relationship with technology--and reclaiming health, happiness, and sanity in a plugged-in world

Table of Contents

1. Are You Leaving Work Burned Out or In Pain?

Solutions that Go Beyond Ergonomics
2. Genetics: The Caveman at the Computer
3. Primal Stress: Do You Feel Safe?
4. Inactivity: Are You a Desk-Bound Couch Potato?
5. Lousy Ergonomics?
What Are Your Risks?
6. Desktop Computers
7. Laptops
8. Tablets
9. Smart Phones
The Seven Week, Step-by-Step Program
10. Jump-Start Your Health
11. Easy Ergonomics
12. Check Your Vision
13. Take a Break
14. Work Off the Tension
15. Cut Out Junk Food (and Inflammation)
16. Get Real about Stress
17. Upgrade Your Environment
Just Getting By or Thriving?
18. Unplug from the 24/7 Lifestyle
19. Bounce Back After Injury
20. Life after 5!
Resources
E1. Dear Employer
E2. Computer Checklist
E3. Kids and Computers
E4. Websites, Books, and Tech Tools

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 ABCNews.com, 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.

Reviews

"This book is a must-read for anyone who spends time in front of a computer or using a mobile device. You will learn about the connection between posture and mood, the importance of movement breaks, and healthier ways to utilize technology in your everyday life."
-INNA KHAZAN, PHD, BCB, licensed clinical psychologist, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and author of Biofeedback and Mindfulness in Everyday Life

"Once employers and employees understand and apply the concepts and tools within this book, they will never want to return to the monolithic ergonomic practices of the past."
-MICHAEL J. MARTIN, JD ARM, associate vice president of Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management at California State University Maritime Academy

"Peper, Harvey, and Faass detail not only how computer work injures us, but also how we can optimize our workspace and minimize the risk of musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, depression, and burnout."
-JONATHAN COLLIN, MD, founder and editor-in-chief of Townsend Letter

"In our digitally-dependent world, Tech Stress teaches us how to be human again, as we continue to evolve with technology."
WEIHONG BAO, PHD, author of Fiery Cinema and associate professor at UC Berkeley

"Tech Stress helps us recapture our physical and emotional well-being as it addresses the negative impacts in our technologically-altered world"
-LEROY M. MORISHITA, EDD, president at California State University, East Bay

"It's rare if not unheard of to find this level of applied wisdom on this topic in one place. Get this book, learn from it, and (most importantly) apply it!"
-JEFFERY A. MARTIN, PHD, founder of Transformative Technology and lecturer at Stanford University

"Tech Stress is years overdue. With this book, readers can find ways to foil the burdens of misapplied technology, embracing pleasure, happiness, and the appreciation of the very nature in which they are embedded, whether they realize it or not."
-STANLEY KRIPPNER, PHD, coauthor of PTSD and coeditor of Integrative Care for the Traumatized

"A must-read for every 'stressed person!' An action plan in gaining ownership of our lives in the modern era by balance, awareness, and setting boundaries."
-ODED COHEN, CEO and founder of Upright (R) Technologies Ltd.

"Refreshingly clear and direct, Tech Stress offers much-needed explanations and scientifically backed advice on how to balance adapting our technology to our bodies and our bodies to our tech."
-DR. MARI K. SWINGLE, author of i-Minds and i-Minds 2.0

"Read Chapter 7. Then think twice about picking up your phone again."
-DEBORAH QUILTER, host of RSIHelp and author of The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book

"Brilliant!!! The time has come to wake up to the serious health damage of technological physical inactivity."
-C. NORMAN SHEALY, MD, PHD, founding president of American Holistic Medical Association and author of Conversations with G

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