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How To Cope With Communication Overload

Aug 13, 2008
Communication overload is more common of an issue than many of us would ever believe. There are several types and levels of communication today based on the technology that we are surrounded with. These communications arrive to us through email, pagers, instant messages, cell phones, voice mail, teleconferencing, video conferencing, and several other means. While these methods of communication are quite productive in many different ways, and can assist us with numerous areas of our life, there comes a time when too much is, well, simply too much. This is when communication overload may start to occur. Here, you will be introduced to this type of overload, as well as how to cope with communication overload.

What is Communication Overload?

Communication overload is exactly what it says... an overload in communications. However, this actually goes a bit deeper than the surface definition. Communications that an individual experiences may be too complex and/or extensive. In addition to this, this type of overload may be experienced if someone receives too many types of communications from too many different sources. It is much like when a person experiences the issue of heightened sensitivity, or overstimulation of the senses. Only, in this case, it is directly related to the communication types and the frequency of those communication types in general.

What Are The Symptoms of Communication Overload?

For many reading this, the whole concept of "communication overload" is bound to be a new concept. Knowing that this particular condition actually has physical and psychological symptoms associated with it may come as even more of a surprise! In recent studies, it has been discovered that there are actually a few distinct symptoms associated with this condition. The following list displays some of these symptoms:

1. When an individual becomes bogged down by constant and frequent communication, one of the first symptoms is stress. While we all react to stress differently, it is agreed that as the communication is introduced to a person in a larger quantity, the more that stress is likely to be experienced.

2. Many individuals display rapid mood swings that may range from depression and mild irritability to complete, uncontrollable anger.

3. Many individuals may experience high levels of physical and emotional fatigue.

4. There are some who will lose motivation and if they work, they may lose their overall ability to remain productive.

5. Many physical symptoms and complaints may arise. These may include mild headaches, mild body tremors, increased blood pressure levels, sleep disorders, and even health complications that are a bit more serious in nature, such as a decline in the body's immune system.

Coping with Communication Overload

There are many different coping strategies when it comes to communication overload. Below are some measures that you can take in order to ensure that you are not the victim of this condition:

1. If you have a device that captures messages, you should take the time to designate specific times throughout the day to check these messages.

2. It is important, when communicating on the phone, that you designate that time for that mode of conversation only. Do not check to see who is beeping you, or that email that just popped in. Doing so may overwhelm you.

3. When working online, work online but do the task at hand. Try to avoid working, chatting, talking, and several other types of activities that require communicating with others.

If you work to overcome the overload that communication can cause, you will be happy, healthy, and more productive. Take the steps listed here for how to cope with communication overload, and apply them to your daily life.
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Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of Be Successful News , a site that provides information and articles on how to succeed in your own home or small business.
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