Human connection is without question one of the great antidotes to stress. And one of the easiest ways to connect with those people you like and love is by computer e-mail. By just spending a few minutes a day on line, you can stay in touch with family and friends.
E-mail notes can be brief, informal, and informative. In fact, you can practically write and send a message as fast as you can think the thought. With e-mail, you also can maintain a degree of control that’s not possible over the phone. Maybe you want to send a loving note to your mother, but you don’t want to get involved in a long discussion about why you haven’t settled down yet. E-mail is perfect. You can say as much—or as little—as you choose. You can also read her reply at your convenience.