In today’s world, electronic devices have become an integral part of our lives. From smartphones and laptops to tablets and smartwatches, we are surrounded by these devices. They have made our lives easier and more convenient in many ways. However, we have become so dependent on these devices that we are just one charge away from disaster.

We rely heavily on our electronic devices to stay connected with others, stay informed, and stay productive. Whether it’s a smartphone, laptop, tablet, or another device, we use these tools to manage our schedules, communicate with others, and access important information. However, when our devices run out of battery, it can be a significant source of stress and anxiety. The truth is that many of us cannot imagine life without our electronic devices. And when the battery dies, and there is no way to recharge it, it can be a nightmare, especially if you are on the go or in an emergency situation.

The fear of uncharged electronic devices, sometimes referred to as low-battery anxiety or battery anxiety, is a natural phenomenon that affects many people. The feeling of unease or panic arises when our electronic devices are low on battery or about to run out of charge. This can lead to various negative emotions, including stress, anxiety, frustration, and even anger.

The reasons behind this anxiety are complex. On the one hand, we rely so heavily on our electronic devices that we feel lost or disconnected when they’re unavailable. On the other hand, we’re also conditioned to expect instant gratification and immediate access to information, so the thought of being without our devices can be overwhelming.

The good news is that there are ways to manage low-battery anxiety and reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with uncharged electronic devices. Here are a few tips:

  1. Plan ahead: To avoid the stress of uncharged electronic devices, plan ahead and make sure you have chargers and backup batteries available. This will ensure that you’re never caught off-guard when your device runs out of battery. My iPhone is equipped with a battery case giving me the equivalent of a second battery. I have a portable power brick in my attache case and one in my travel bag for larger devices such as my laptop.

  2. Limit your use: One of the best ways to manage low-battery anxiety is to limit your use of electronic devices. Take regular breaks from your devices, and avoid using them right before bed or when you’re feeling particularly stressed. It also helps to limit program use in the background and to remove apps no longer needed. 

  3. Practice mindfulness and embrace the moment: When you start to feel anxious or stressed about your devices, take a few deep breaths and practice mindfulness. Focus on the present moment and try to let go of your worries about the future. Instead of constantly checking your electronic devices, embrace the moment and enjoy the present. Look around, take in your surroundings, and engage with the people around you.

  4. Stay connected: While limiting your use of electronic devices is important, staying connected with others is also essential. Make time for face-to-face conversations, phone calls, or other forms of communication that don’t rely on electronic devices.

Bottom line…

The stress and anxiety of uncharged electronic devices is a natural phenomenon affecting many people, young and old -- and is just another thing to be managed before it manages you.

By planning ahead, limiting your use of electronic devices, practicing mindfulness, embracing the moment, and staying connected with others, you can reduce the negative emotions associated with low-battery anxiety and enjoy a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Remember, while electronic devices can be valuable tools, they do not substitute for real-world experiences and personal connections.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

P.S. Few people realize that I authored a book titled “STOP PANIC ATTACKS: How to manage job-related panic, anxiety and stress” for my colleagues in a pressure-filled technology environment.

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