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Now You Can Wear This To Keep Yourself Awake During Long and Dull Road Trips

Now You Can Wear This To Keep Yourself Awake During Long and Dull Road Trips

Drowsy driving might not be receiving as much attention as driving under the influence, yet it is almost as dangerous. Long distance drivers may never admit having battled drowsiness while driving, but statistics suggest so.

As many as 72,000 fatal accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 people died due to it in the US in 2013 alone, as per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In the UK, more than 25% of severe and fatal accidents are also caused by worn out drivers. It is even estimated that 6,000 serious accidents happen every year due to drowsy driving.

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Even though many prefer to drink coffee and energy drinks or listen to loud music, all these are just temporary fixes. However, it’s highly probably that napping on the wheel could become a thing of the past, thanks to a futuristic and intuitive wearable called Steer.

Your life saver on the road 

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    Designed by Creative Mode, a Latvian-based company, Steer is an intelligent, life-saving bracelet made to give tired, dozy drivers an Electric Shock whenever they start to nap while on the road. Made with onboard sensors that measure variations in the rate of heart rate and sweat secretion, it uses a gentle vibration and yellow blinking light to warn the driver to pay attention.

    It has 16 sensors responsible for studying the driver’s heartbeat rate upon which it releases the gentle vibration when the rate drops by 10 beats per minute. When the variations fall further by three minutes, this wearable discharges an electric shock to jolt the wearer. The shock isn’t fatal, but increases hormone and neurotransmitter levels to make a driver alert.

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    According to its founder Vlad Ilyin, Steer is a solution to what almost killed his best friend – drowsy driving. And it being the first of its kind, the amount of backing it is receiving is mind-boggling.

    As it was launched on a Kickstarter project, its 269 backers have so far raised $36,220, and it is highly likely it will retail at $130.

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    Will it be the end to accidents caused by drowsy drivers? 

    With such vibrations and shocks on the driver, Steer is highly vouched to solve what many die out of, albeit silently. It is a wearable device with a hypoallergenic plastic body and an adjustable strap for a comfy fit as it is designed to be worn on the arm, just like a wristwatch.

    Several reviews, most notably those on Daily Mail, Digital Trends and Wareable seemingly point to one thing – lasting solution. Right now, you can get one from Kickstarter. 

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    Last Updated on July 17, 2019

    What to Do When Bored at Work (And Why You Feel Bored Actually)

    What to Do When Bored at Work (And Why You Feel Bored Actually)

    It’s Monday again… The annoying alarm breaks the piece of silence you are enjoying. You keep pressing snooze and don’t want to leave your bed. As the hour hand points to 8, every muscle in your body feels sore.

    You arrive your office and turn on the computer at your seat. Everything seems so normal, except your mind wanders… you’re feeling bored at work…

    If this sounds familiar to you, chances are you feel bored at work, and you are probably here to look for ways to get rid of this dreadful situation.

    In this article, I’ll look into why you may feel bored at work, the little-known consequence of it and what to do when bored at work.

    The Real Reason Why You’re Bored at Work

    Boredom reveals the potential problems you have at work:

    Your interest and your work don’t match.

    It’s very common that our work doesn’t match our interest, but we might not realize it sometimes. It’s good for you to think about why you applied for this job and why you started your job at the first place:

    Because the salary was attractive? Or you had no other options but this job interview? Or you just wanted a new environment?

    If these are your major concerns, you need to reconsider your interests in this job.

    You’re not using your capabilities fully.

    Everyone has their strengths and talents. When your capabilities are not fully utilized at your job, you may find the assigned tasks not challenging at all.

    Worse still, you may start to question your value in your company and gradually lose motivation at work.

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    You have little opportunity for growth and learning.

    Imagine you do the same tasks for two weeks, or two months, or two years, over and over. How would you feel? I’m sure you’ll be bored to death.

    If your company doesn’t provide enough opportunities to grow and learn, and you can’t see any improvement, you will start to get disappointed and probably feel bored at your job.

    You have too much idle time.

    It’s important to take breaks at work. But when you are too free, it is a problem.

    When you have too much idle time, your mind wanders off to somewhere else:

    Thinking about where to eat, your relationship problems, or what your neighbor said this morning.

    Although your mind is occupied, these thoughts are generated because you are bored.

    You feel exhausted and tired.

    You have so many goals to achieve in life or things to manage beyond work. It’s easy to shift your attention and energy away from your work because you are too occupied with other parts of your life.

    While you pay less effort at work, the less motivated and interested you are in your job, which in turn bores you even more.

    You have no clear goal.

    People who have stayed in a position for a long time easily feel lost.

    You start to get confused with what you want to obtain from the job. You get used to your repeating daily routine and gradually lose your passion and interests in your job.

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    The Little-Known Consequences of Ignoring Your Boredom

    You might think it’s okay to deal with your boredom later, but the longer you put this problem on hold, the more consequences you will face.

    Don’t ignore your boredom, it might take a toll on you!

    Increased stress

    A number of readers of Stress Relief Workshop commented:[1]

    • Boring jobs can be really stressful.
    • Feeling like your skills are going to waste in your current job can be stressful.

    Developing bad habits

    Experts reckon people relieve their boredom by drinking alcohol, indulging in unhealthy food, or carrying out risky actions at work.

    When you leave your problem unsolved, you might find stimulation elsewhere to override your boredom.

    Poor mental health

    A study[2] shows an upsetting fact young adults or fresh graduates may develop depressions or black moods, because they:

    “find themselves having to do work that doesn’t stretch them and keep them fulfilled.”

    Low productivity

    Like I mentioned before, when you are bored and uninterested in what you do, your productivity drops drastically.

    6 Things to Do When You’re Bored at Work

    Boredom won’t go away unless you take actions.

    So how to cure boredom? Fortunately there are ways you can change the situation:

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    1. Tell your boss or supervisor about your working situation

    It’s always good for you to talk to your boss or supervisor if they welcome feedback. They should be the right people to talk to as they can understand and help you.

    You can request for more challenging tasks or work that fit your interests. This can not only get you out from boredom, your boss will also appreciate your willingness to improve and learn.

    2. Try to do more than you are expected to

    To use your ability and time fully, try to do more than what your boss requires. After you finish the repetitive or unchallenging tasks, spend some time to take on tasks that are beyond your responsibilities.

    As time goes by, your boss will notice and recognize your work ethic. You may get interesting tasks in the future to keep you going!

    3. Learn new skills when you are free

    If you have too much downtime, expand your knowledge and learn something new. A well-equipped person is always the gem in a boss’ eyes.

    For example, if you work in the design team but are not familiar with the use of design software, it’s a good chance for you to have some self-learning time.

    4. Know what you want from your job

    This is important — when you know your goal, it can motivate you to work!

    It’s fine to take some time to discover your goal and passion. But please remember to jot it down on a note and stick it on your desk as a reminder.

    You may also consider some career advice if you need help.

    5. Take breaks to fight exhaustion

    Taking rest is a preparatory step for a longer journey ahead. Don’t ever hesitate to take a break. You need it!

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    It’s crucial for you if you want to achieve more. Just get back to work when you feel ready. Don’t underestimate the power of a short break!

    6. Quit your job if it’s holding you back

    If you still find your work boring after trying every single method above, you should consider quitting your current job.

    Opportunities are everywhere, there may be a better job waiting for you.

    Make a change in your life and treat yourself better!

    Final Thoughts

    When you feel bored at work, it’s actually a warning sign you shouldn’t overlook. It could mean you’re missing a purpose in life.

    If you let this boredom continue, you’re putting your mental health and happiness at stake.

    Stop doing the same thing every day and let yourself feel bored. Start making a change to make yourself feel enthusiastic again about your career and your life.

    Featured photo credit: officevibe via officevibe.com

    Reference

    [1] Life Stress Balls: Stress at work
    [2] Sunday Post: Being bored at work is bad for your health

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