When it comes to laser cutting, the stakes are high. The primary selling point of laser cutting is that it can cut just about anything, certainly things that other tools can’t accomplish, so just think about the dangers it poses to our fragile bodies. However, it’s a job that needs doing, or perhaps, a hobby that you’re passionate about for its ability to create beautiful works of art or quality crafts. Therefore, we have to find a balance between these two conflicting elements of dangerous, but useful, worth it and not worth it. Therefore, you’re going to want to be cautious and vigilant. The problem is that stress will always be a part of this work, and letting stress bog you down will lead, first, to mental illness, but also to sloppier work that could result in injury. So, be sure to take care of yourself in your off hours to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
One thing to prevent the stress is to make sure the machine you purchased from is from a quality supplier? Consider the quality of support for the machine. Also, the manuals and videos should be clear and understandable. You can find reviews from all over the web so use those resources before buying any laser system. Here’s a customer review of Laguna Tools for example. Most good companies will have reviews but don’t expect them all to be 5 stars. No company is perfect. If all the reviews are 5 stars then probably they are fake. Something also to watch for today.
Here are some “out side of the box” tips on how to mitigate the stresses of working with laser cutters.
First and foremost, never underestimate the power of good old fashioned R & R. Laser cutting for operators can take a lot of energy and stamina. So, there’s nothing like a nice, long, hot bath after a hard day’s work ,for example. The hot water will be great for relaxing your muscles that are tense from stress, and the quiet tranquility will help ease your troubled mind. The benefits of a simple bath are hard to beat, but maybe it’s not for you. However, napping has its own benefits that might be just what you need. Taking a short nap after work can help you recharge your batteries so that you can better enjoy your evening before returning to work the next day. However, be careful that your nap is either a half hour or less, or around an hour and 45 minutes. The window in between these two milestones constitutes REM sleep, the deepest phase of sleep where dreaming occurs.. Waking up during this phase of sleep can cause you to feel even more tired, if not also scared and confused, to it’s best to avoid it.
Another way to help mitigate stress is diet and exercise. Simply taking a walk is known to alleviate depression and anxiety, for example, and your diet affects how your feel, and how you feel affects your mood. So, consider getting more exercise and reforming your diet to combat stress, and of course the aid of a well functioning laser machine!