Is stress bad for cybersecurity? More than you might think!
We all experience stress in our daily lives, whether it’s from work, relationships, or even just the news. However, did you know that stress can also have a significant impact on your cybersecurity career? In this post, we’ll talk about amygdala hijack and how stress can make you an easy target for hackers. We’ll also discuss six simple ways to reduce stress and avoid becoming a victim of amygdala hijack.
What is amygdala hijack?
Amygdala hijack is an emotional response that overwhelms reason due to a massive threat. It’s a natural reaction to stress, but it can also make us vulnerable to attacks by hackers who want to take advantage of our emotional state. When you’re stressed, you’re more likely to make impulsive decisions, share sensitive information, or click on malicious links.
How to manage stress and reduce vulnerability to cyberattacks?
Here are six ways you can manage stress and reduce your vulnerability to cyberattacks:
- Deep breathing: Taking deep breaths immediately when you feel an overwhelming emotional response can help reset your fight or flight response.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol: They may provide a quick fix, but they can make other coping mechanisms less effective and stop working entirely with overuse.
- Engage in activities that relieve stress: Taking care of plants or animals, making things like songs or drawings, and group singing are effective for relieving stress.
- Limit exposure to news: Limiting exposure to news to three hours per week can help reduce stress.
- Keep a schedule and to-do list: Maintaining a healthy routine can reduce stress caused by uncertainty.
- Make time to help others: Giving to others through your week, whether that’s money, your time and skills, or even blood donations, can trigger a helpers high and be twice as effective as daily exercise for reducing stress.
In conclusion, stress can have a significant impact on your cybersecurity. By managing stress and reducing vulnerability to cyberattacks, you can protect yourself from potential threats. Use the six simple ways we discussed to reduce stress and avoid becoming a victim of amygdala hijack. Thanks for watching, and please share this video with your network to help raise awareness of healthy coping methods.