With stress levels skyrocketing, some people might be tempted to try to make life a little easier with a pink keyboard.
And they’d be doing themselves a disservice, according to experts.
“We’ve found that the more stressful a situation is, the more depressed and anxious people feel,” says Dr. Julie Osterman, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School.
“So, to be able to be calm and still, and to be free of that level of stress is a great way to be calmer.”
Osterman points out that the pink keyboard is actually a form of relaxation, a way for people to relax.
But if your stress levels are too high, you may not be able keep your composure.
“It’s really important that you don’t get too comfortable and don’t over-react,” Ostermann says.
“You should always be in control.”
You may be able take some of these steps, but don’t take too many.
Ostermans research found that people with anxiety and depression can use the pink mechanical keyboards for a short time to relieve their symptoms.
But if your anxiety is getting worse, the keyboard might be the last resort.
For some, using a pink computer might help ease their stress.
But for others, using the pink keyboards may not help.
It’s also possible that the buttons are not as easy to press as they should be, making the experience less relaxing.
Ostermans findings may be true for other conditions as well, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
It may also be a bit of a grey area.
Some people with post-trauma anxiety may not feel comfortable with using a keyboard.
The pink keyboard could help some people manage their anxiety, but it may not make sense for everyone.
For now, it’s just a good idea to stick with the ones you already have.