Well, actually, there are advantages to Twitter. So far, I've discovered that Twitter can help relieve stress in the following ways:
- Stay Connected: The obvious benefit to Twitter is that it helps you to stay connected with people, but it may do so in ways you don't expect. People may mention that they are reading a certain book that may be helpful to you. People may mention that they're about to go exercise or meditate, and it could remind you to get involved in a stress relief activity, too. Things people say can make you laugh, and find the humor in your own situation.
- Take A Quick Break: One problem with online stress relief tools like Weboggle, is that they can be addictive, and suck away your time before you even realize how much of your schedule has disappeared. With Twitter, it takes a few seconds to 'tweet' (create a post), or you can spend a few minutes seeing what everyone else is up to, and then you've had a little break and can get back to work with a fresh frame of mind.
- Get Stress Tips: If you 'follow' me on Twitter, you can get links to my latest blog posts, which report new research on stress and provide a steady stream of stress relief tools you can use. I'll also provide stress tips you may not find anywhere else. It's a new way to stay up-to-date.
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